Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station…
Thursday 7th June – 2.45pm – RNLI Hovercraft – Medivac
Yarmouth Coastguard requested Hunstanton Hovercraft to medivac a member of the CG team who had injured his back while in attendance with a Bomb disposal team, who were dealing with unexploded devices near the MOD range in the Wash, and also to provide cover for the teams in attendance.
H-003 (The Hunstanton Flyer) launched on service with the RNLI volunteer crew and proceeded down to the bottom end of the Wash. Weather conditions were OK at launch site, wind SE 3, weather overcast, good visibility but deteriorated on the way to the area with heavy rain. The wind picked up reducing speed to the area. H-003 arrived on scene at 3.35 pm. and assisted in evacuating personnel from the danger zone.
This was a low water launch. High tide was at 9.44 pm. A 2,000 metre danger zone had been set up and some cockle boats were working in the area, as these boats had dried out, a controlled explosion had to be delayed until the tide turned, and they were able to clear the area.
The controlled explosion took place at 6.10 pm when all personnel were clear of the area. Yarmouth Coastguard were informed and H-003 assisted in retrieving some equipment and returning the teams to Sutton bridge Lighthouse at 6.50 pm. before returning to station.