RNLI Wells lifeboat rescues woman and dog from the incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Wells inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 1.33pm on 7 September to assist a woman and her dog, cut off from the incoming tide opposite the west end of the beach huts on Wells Beach.

Woman and dog being helped out of the lifeboat after being cut off by the tide

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Woman and dog being helped out of the lifeboat after being cut off by the tide

The volunteer crew launched the D Class lifeboat outside the lifeboat house at 1.43pm. They proceeded out of Wells Harbour to the west, where the casualty and her dog were located, stranded on a sand bar and surrounded by the incoming tide.

At 1.50pm the woman and her dog were taken from the sand bar into the lifeboat and transported back to the safety of the beach outside the lifeboat station. The casualty was uninjured and needed no further help, so continued to walk with her dog on the safety of the main beach.

At 2.05pm the inshore lifeboat was recovered, rehoused, refuelled and ready for service at 2.20pm.

Deputy Launching Authority, Greg Hewitt, said, ‘we are pleased that today’s rescue was straight forward and all was well, but to avoid getting caught out by the tide, people must check the tide times before setting out along the coast. It is essential to be back on the main part of the beach, where the sand is dry and soft, at least four hours before high tide to prevent being cut off.

‘Now that the lifeguards have finished for the summer, there is no longer their assistance, or the availability of the all-weather terrain vehicle to help the lifeguards warn people of the risks of the incoming tide, so walkers need to be vigilant.’

Wells volunteer crew launch inshore lifeboat to rescue woman and dog

RNLI/Ray West

Wells volunteer crew launch inshore lifeboat to rescue woman and dog
Wells lifeboat crew head out to where caualties are stranded

RNLI/Ray West

Wells lifeboat crew head out to where caualties are stranded

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