Two Broome locals were rescued from Dampier Creek this morning after they spent the night stranded in a 4m "tinny" boat.
The man and woman, who are both in their 50s, were crabbing in the creek yesterday when they became stuck in the mud plain and mangroves about 4pm.
Police waited to see if the tide would free the pair but decided to launch a land search and rescue operation about 6am.
The search team set off in two four-wheel-drives but were forced to continue on foot when they were within 200m of the stranded locals because of harsh terrain.
The missing people were located just after 9am.
Both appeared to be in good health and did not require medical assistance.
A police spokesman said the fast rescue could be attributed to the fact the pair were well prepared for the trip and carrying a mobile phone, GPS and other emergency equipment.