Hunstanton RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were called out at 22:57 (21 August) to search the beach and sea area, following report a of a five metre inflatable boat found abandoned on the tide line at Hunstanton with its engine in the down position and still warm. Water ski equipment was on board, but no sign of any persons.
High tide was at 21:54 sea state calm, wind light southerly, at the start of search, but freshened S.W. later into the search.
Hunstanton Lifeboat carried out a sea search from Holme Gore Point to Dersingham, and Hunstanton Hovercraft carried out a beach search along the coast.
The RAF Helicopter was also called in, and carried out a search covering a large part of the Wash. Coastguard teams from around the Wash and Norfolk coast were checking car parks near launching areas but nothing was found.
At 02:30 (22 August) Yarmouth coastguard called off the search and all units were stood down.
At the time of writing, the circumstances surrounding the abandoned boat remain a mystery.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.