The tide cuts a large group and a dog in Wells, Norfolk
6:40 PM May 14, 2022
A large group and a dog walking along a beach had to be rescued in North Norfolk after they were cut off by the rising tide.
The group was on the west side of Wells Beach when they got stranded at 3 p.m. on May 14.
Onlookers, who could see the group was already knee-deep in water, repeatedly called the coastguard who instructed Wells RNLI to get going.
The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 3:23 p.m. and found that the crew would have to make two trips to get the group ashore.
By the time the second group was rescued, the group was waist deep in water and the tide was rising at high speed.
The lifeboat safely brought all casualties ashore and returned to station at 3:45 p.m.
Lifeboat operations manager Chris Hardy said: “I’m glad today’s rescue ended well, but sadly this type of incident happens too often.
“It is essential that walkers check the tide times before leaving so as not to find themselves cut off by the tide.
“People walking along the beach when the tide is out should always make sure they are back on soft, dry sand at least 4 hours before high tide to avoid being cut off.”
If you see anyone in the sea who you think is in trouble, please alert the Coastguard on 999 or 112, who will alert nearby lifeboat crews.