Lifeboat crew rescues Norwich couple whose evening boat trip off Norfolk coast went wrong

Wells Inshore Lifeboat. Picture: Chris Bishop

Wells Inshore Lifeboat. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

An evening adventure for a couple from Norwich went badly wrong when their boat started to sink off the north Norfolk coast.

A lifeboat had to rescue the pair from the marshes between Wells and Stiffkey.

And the pair had to rely on the light from their mobile phone to help guide the crew of the Wells Inshore Lifeboat to them.

Peter Rainsford, from RNLI Wells, said the lifeboat was paged at just after 8.15pm on Monday night to help the pair, after they realised their boat was sinking.

He said: 'After swimming to the edge of the creek they realised that they needed help as they were cold and wet with no way of getting back to the mainland.


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'Their mobile phone call was received by UK Coastguard who asked the Wells Inshore lifeboat to launch.' The lifeboat launched at just before 8.30pm and they were found in Mo Creek about half an hour later. Mr Rainsford said they helped the lifeboat find them by shining the torch on their phone.

He said: 'The lifeboat crew assisted the two casualties into the lifeboat and ferried them back to the lifeboathouse where they received medical attention from the ambulance paramedics.

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'Accommodation was found for them for the night in Wells.'

With the casualties safely ashore, the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 9.10pm.

Earlier this month, the Wells Inshore Lifeboat rescued a couple and their two dogs after they got cut off from the tide while walking between Wells and Stiffkey.

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