Monday 3rd September 2012 16.53hrs Yarmouth Coastguard paged Hunstanton Hovercraft as 3 people were cut off by the tide on the Sunk Sands off Hunstanton.
The hovercraft, H-003, the “Hunstanton Flyer” was launched by the volunteer lifeboat crew at 17.07hrs and proceeded to the scene. The hovercraft arrived at 17.14hrs when it was reported that all had swum or waded ashore and were safe and well. The hovercraft crew checked that there were no more people at risk in the area and returned to station. It arrived back at the station at 17.35hrs and was refuelled washed down and returned to service.
We are at the spring tides again where the tides go out far enough to walk to the sand banks. Those who take this risk must be aware of the tide movements and be in time to make a safe retreat from the banks.
Latest News released by Robin Rafferty, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.