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Three horses and their riders rescued after being stranded for hours off north Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 11:49 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:07 13 October 2015

The horses after being led to safety from Scolt Head. Picture: RNLI

The horses after being led to safety from Scolt Head. Picture: RNLI


Three horses and their riders have been rescued after they were marooned on an island off the north Norfolk coast for several hours, having been cut off by the tide.

The horses being led to safety. Picture: RNLI The horses being led to safety. Picture: RNLI

The three women had taken their horses out for a ride at Burnham Overy on Monday afternoon and crossed to Scolt Head Island on the other side of the harbour at low water.

But they miscalculated the time of the tide and got cut off.

The trio were rescued at 2am today, after a crew used a transporter tractor to escort them, on foot, safely back to shore. All horses and their riders got across safely, following behind the tractor.

Wells Lifeboat coxswain mechanic Allen Frary said he had seen nothing like it in more than 39 years with the service after the drama unfolded after 6pm last night.

Scolt Head Island Scolt Head Island

The lifeboat crew shipped out a tent, food, warm clothing and horse rugs to keep the marooned riders and the horses warm.

The women decided not to wait until 2pm today when the next low tide was due and crossed back to the mainland in the early hours of this morning.

John Mitchell, Wells lifeboat press officer, said: “This certainly was beyond the call of normal duty. It was a very unusual rescue indeed.”

Lifeboat spokesman, Chris Hard added; “The crew are trained for most eventualities, but it is not often you rescue peoples and animals on foot.

Wells lifeboat Wells lifeboat

“Thankfully, all ended well and no-one was hurt.”

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