Near Cuxhaven: The water was up to their stomachs - rescue cruiser rescues three brothers in the mudflats

The Wadden Sea can become life-threatening from one second to the next.

Near Cuxhaven: The water was up to their stomachs - rescue cruiser rescues three brothers in the mudflats

The Wadden Sea can become life-threatening from one second to the next. This is shown by an incident this weekend, which luckily turned out to be mild.

Three brothers near Cuxhaven had ventured too far into the mudflats at the mouth of the Elbe in search of amber, and their walk ultimately triggered a dramatic rescue operation. According to the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons (DGzRS) and the police, the 16 to 19 year olds ran four kilometers along a guide dam on Saturday evening and were surprised by unusually quickly rising water.

One of the brothers made an emergency call to the police via cell phone, whereupon a major search and rescue operation began. As the DGzRS announced in Bremen, one of its sea rescue cruisers located the missing people's flares shortly after leaving Cuxhaven. Sea rescuers reached the young people, who were already up to their stomachs in water, in a shallow-draft dinghy and took them on board, slightly hypothermic.

According to DGzRS, the amber collectors wore insulating thermal wetsuits and had powerful LED lamps with them. They set off less than an hour after low tide, but the water in the North Sea rose unusually quickly due to the stormy winds of the past few days.

In addition to DGzRS forces, units from the fire department, water police and German Life Saving Society (DLRG) were alerted to take part in the search operation off the coast of Lower Saxony in the dark.

According to the police in Cuxhaven, a drone was also used. The sea rescue cruiser brought the brothers back to Cuxhaven, where they were taken to a hospital for further care as a precaution.

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