In their efforts to cross the River Couesnon a number of soldiers fall into difficulties. With a 14 metre tidal range and dangerous areas of quicksand, the crossing of the river was particularly hazardous. Harold can be seen rescuing two of the soldiers  and carrying them to safety. It has been suggested that the iconography below this scene represent the constellations of Pices, from the Greek god Typhon and Serpens, Latin for snake. It has been suggested that the seated character in the top border is that of Ranulph, Ninth Abbot of Mont Saint Michel (1060 1085). Ranulph was a favourite of Duchess Matilda, and highly regarded by Duke William.