RNLI lifeboat saves people and dogs cut off by tide on public holiday

Three people and two dogs had to be rescued on the bank holiday after they were cut off by the rising tide in North Norfolk. Wells Inshore Lifeboat was called around 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

The lifeboat crew were tasked by the Humber Coastguard to help the party who were stranded on the west side of the entrance to Wells Harbour. They took off at 6:21 p.m. and were on the scene at 6:25 p.m.

Once the crew established that they were all safe, they were returned to the boathouse. During the launch, two other people nearby made their way to shore through chest-deep water.

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Chris Hardy, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “That same patch of sand poses a problem time and time again. We are trying to get the message out to the public about the danger as the tide turns.

“The sea very quickly invades the channel behind, which makes the crossing difficult. Walkers should always check the tide times before leaving, so as not to find themselves cut off by the tide.

“They must return to the main part of the beach at least 4 hours before high tide to avoid being cut off. A siren sounds on Wells beach to alert people that the tide is rising.”

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