Coronavirus update

The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff, along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.

We have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational but will not be open to visitors.

Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea – and they need your support more than ever.

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Hunstanton Lifeboat Crews Respond to a Grounded Vessel – 9 April 2021

At 10.15pm. UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat in response to reports of a vessel aground with four persons on board on the Outer Westmark Knock, the approaches to the river Nene.

Due to the state of the tide it was decided to send both the Lifeboat and the Hovercraft. On arrival the casualty vessel was located aground and listing. The Hovercraft crew evacuated two persons, an elderly gentleman and a ten year old girl, and transferred them to the Lifeboat. The owner skipper and his wife stayed aboard the vessel a ten metre Ex MFV.

The vessel later floated on the incoming tide and was escorted back to Wisbech by the Pilot Cutter. The two persons were brought back to the Boathouse by the Lifeboat and transferred into the care of the local Coastguard response team. No medical treatment was required. Later a friend from Wisbech came and picked them up. The RNLI volunteer crew washed down and re-housed both craft, and went home to bed at 4am.

H.W 6.03 pm Vis. Good Sea state Slight. Wind SW2 Weather Fine

Hunstanton lifeboat at speed
Hunstanton lifeboat at speed
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RNLI Lifeboat aids family cut off by the tide at Scolt Head Island Brancaster – 31 March 2021

At 17.48pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat in response to reports of some people cut off by the tide at Scolt Head Island Brancaster

Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat launched on service and on arrival at Brancaster 2 people and 2 children were located and taken on board the Lifeboat. They were landed on the beach into the care of the local coastguard response team. This was the third incident of people cut off by rising tides in three days since the easing of restrictions. The first was on Holme beach on Monday afternoon, which was resolved before the lifeboat reached the area.

On Tuesday 2 adults and 2 children plus a dog had to be rescued from Scolt Head by the Hovercraft. These incidents coincided with the high tides and sunny weather, resulting in an increase in the number of visitors to the area.

In all cases the people were not local. They were all given safety advice by the local coastguard response team.

HW 9.15pm Vis. Good Sea state Slight Wind SW 2 Weather sunshine

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