RNLI Wells volunteer crew rescue injured woman from the incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.04pm on Sunday 20 November, Wells inshore lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to go to the assistance of an elderly woman who had fallen. Not only was she in pain and found it difficult to walk, but she had been cut off by the incoming tide.

Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat heads out to the location of the casualty

RNLI/Justine Sykes

Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat heads out to the location of the casualty

The woman and her husband had been walking on the marshes at Burnham Overy Staithe when she slipped and fell as the tide advanced.

Wells volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted at 3.07pm and had launched the inshore lifeboat from the new station by 3.16pm. They headed out to sea towards Burnham Overy Staithe where they quickly located the casualty. Although the woman was in pain, she managed to walk slowly to the lifeboat with her husband. The crew took them ashore at Burnham Overy Staithe where the Coastguard team were waiting to take care of them.

A 4.06pm the lifeboat crew left the scene and returned to Wells Lifeboat Station. The inshore lifeboat was recovered at 4.21pm and was washed and refuelled, ready for service again by 4.41pm

Deputy Launching Authority, Greg Hewitt, said, ‘we are pleased today’s rescue went well and that we could help; however, it is very easy to get cut off by the tide when out walking along our coastline and people should be aware of the dangers of the sea. To avoid getting cut off, we advise people to check the tide times before setting out. It is essential to be back on the main part of the beach or back on the coastal path, at least four hours before high tide to prevent being cut off.’

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