Busy weekend for Wells lifeboat crews

It was a busy weekend for lifeboat crews in North Norfolk over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to the coast to enjoy the sunshine.Wells inshore lifeboat Jane Ann III was called to six incidents during Saturday and Sunday.

It was a busy weekend for lifeboat crews in North Norfolk over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to the coast to enjoy the sunshine.

Wells inshore lifeboat Jane Ann III was called to six incidents during Saturday and Sunday.

The first launch request was at 2:30 pm on Saturday when the lifeboat rescued people cut off by the tide on Bob Hall's Sands, east of Wells beach.

As the boat returned to the boathouse it was called out to investigate the sighting of four people on East Hills, although they did not need rescuing.


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The boat was then re-routed to the west of the beach where some people were in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide, but they managed to walk to safety.

After that there was a call about two swimmers who seemed to be in difficulty at the town quay, but they managed to swim to safety before the lifeboat could reach them.

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Then the lifeboat was called to four people who appeared to be stranded on the marshes at Stiffkey. However the people had their own boat which could not be seen from the shore.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon four people were cut off on a sandbank near Holkham Beach. They used their mobile phones to summon help and the lifeboat ferried them back to Wells Beach.

Peter Rainsford, lifeboat chairman and deputy launching authority, said: “Although it was a busy weekend for our crews, we're happy that every incident had a satisfactory outcome.”

For more information on Wells Lifeboat Station visit www.wellslifeboat.org

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