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RNLI Wells tasked to assist five people cut off by the tide at Brancaster Beach

Lifeboats News Release

Wells inshore lifeboat Peter Wilcox was already launched on a training exercise on Thursday 7 September 2023 with three crew on board, when Humber Coastguard contacted them at 7:52pm to render assistance to five people who had become cut off by the tide on a sand bank north of Brancaster Beach.

Inshore lifeboat Peter Wilcox with three volunteer crew onboard

RNLI/Ray West

D-797 Peter Wilcox with three volunteer crew members onboard

The inshore lifeboat was exercising off Holkham Beach at the time and quickly responded and proceeded towards Brancaster.

At 8:15pm with the lifeboat to the north of Scolt Head Island, Humber Coastguard relayed the information that the people cut off by the tide had managed to make it back to the safety of the main beach by their own means and were safe and well and no longer in danger.

Wells inshore lifeboat having been stood down then proceeded back towards Wells and continued with training they were undertaking before being tasked.

The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 9:16pm having completed the training exercise and was refuelled and rehoused and ready again for service at 10:00pm.

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Notes to Editors

Newfoundland dog rescue display at the Quay Wells-next-the sea on Saturday 9 September 2023, 3:00pm approx. RNLI Wells inshore lifeboat will be in attendance.



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