Two people were rescued after their 4m tinny became stranded in Dampier Creek, Broome, last week when tidal movements left them stuck in the mud plains and mangroves overnight.
The Broome pair, in their 50s, were crabbing and became stuck at about 4pm last Wednesday.
Because they had adequate food and water they elected to stay in the boat and wait for the next high tide.
The next morning, when it became evident the changing tide would not be enough to free them, a Land Search and Rescue operation was initiated, involving State Emergency Service volunteers.
The Volunteer Marine Rescue Service was also called but was unable to assist because of the low tide level.
Using two four-wheel-drive vehicles the search team managed to get within 200m of the boat before being forced by the terrain to continue on foot to rescue the couple.They were unharmed, though in need of water and suffering from mosquito bites, and did not require medical help.
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