Lifeboats come to aid of people stuck on small boat in Blakeney

Wells lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Wells lifeboat and inshore lifeboat. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Lifeboats were launched to come to the aid of two people who were unable to get to shore in Blakeney.

A Coastguard spokesman said the all weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat at Wells both were called to two people in a dinghy in Blakeney Harbour who could not get to shore.

The incident happened at about 9.30pm on Sunday, June 25.

A spokesman for Wells Lifeboat said it was understood the two casualties had boarded their dinghy from their yacht and one man had fallen in the water but had managed to climb back into the dinghy.

They struggled to make way under oars against the wind and strong ebb tide but did manage to make fast to a buoy in Blakeney Pit near the yacht Juno.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 9.42 pm and the decision was taken to also launch the all-weather lifeboat to provide safety cover for the inshore lifeboat, particularly for the return when it would be dark.

The casualties were recovered at 10:20 pm and their boat was taken in tow to Blakeney Point where they were to stay overnight at the Old Boathouse.

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