Wednesday 1st February at 3.22 pm. Hunstanton LPO spotted a kite drifting out to sea off Hunstanton. He proceeded to the Boathouse and looking through the binoculars, rang Yarmouth Coastguard, whilst on the phone Yarmouth Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting on the same incident.
The pagers were activated at 3.27 pm. A quick response was made by Hunstanton lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” the RNLI volunteer crew had the lifeboat alongside the casualty at 3.40 pm.
The casualty though conscious was suffering from hypothermia, and only just managing to hold on to his board. They requested an ambulance to meet them on return.
Crewman Sam Richardson entered the water to assist in getting the person onboard the lifeboat. Once recovered to the boat he was wrapped up to help him get warm, back at the station he was placed in the stretcher to enable the crew to lift him out of the boat into the care of the ambulance crew.
The Air Ambulance also landed on the car park behind the boathouse, but it was decided by the ambulance crew to take him by road to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This was our first launch this year, and credit must go to the crew who without doubt saved this young man’s life. The 20 year old came from the Kings Lynn area. The local Coastguard team were also in attendance.
As always, you can keep up to date with details of all recent ‘Shouts’ on the Hunstanton page of the RNLI website.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.