A group of five walkers became stranded after being unexpectedly cut off by the sea on a Norfolk beach.

The five were walking on Wells beach when they became trapped by the incoming tide on Saturday afternoon.

Four more had a narrow escape, managing to wade through the rising water to get back to safety.

At 1.42pm a crew of three from Wells lifeboat quickly dispatched their D-Class inshore lifeboat, 'Peter Wilcox', and made their way along the estuary.

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The stranded five were rescued and loaded on board and they were ferried to the safety of the shore.

This warm bank holiday was a cause for worry for the lifeboat station - Mandy Humphreys, the water safety advisor for Wells RNLI, put posters around the lifeboat station area to warn beachgoers of the danger of high tide. 

Ms Humphreys said: "You can help protect yourself and your family from getting into this dangerous situation by getting back to the main part of the beach at least four hours before the Wells high tide time."