Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 12.26pm. Hunstanton Hovercraft was requested to launch to a report from the Coastguard that three children were out on the mud flats at Snettisham, and in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide.
RNLI volunteer crew launched our hovercraft at 12.35pm and proceeded to Snettisham. On arrival our crew spoke with the local Coastguard who confirmed that the children had been spotted by two local bait diggers who spoke to them and escorted them off the mud flats and back to the beach as the tide had started to flood and they were in serious danger.
The youngster’s were two brothers and their sister all under 12 yrs of age and came from Colne, in Lincs.
Once again visitors to our beaches should acquaint themselves with local tide times, and parents should make sure that they know where their children are and advise them not to venture to far from the beach, however tempting and adventurous it may look.
The local coastguard pointed out the dangers of walking out on the mud flats, especially when the tide starts to flood.
H-003 was stood down to return to station at 12.58pm.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.