Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton Hovercraft on Thursday 23rd May at 6.00pm to go to the aid of an elderly couple cut off by the tide on the road leading to Brancaster Golf Club.
The road is tidal and subject to flooding on certain tides. They had driven from the car park and are believed to have driven into the water until the engine flooded. They were sitting inside the car and the water had risen just above the sills and had entered the vehicle. Our Hovercraft was unable to get close to the vehicle, so the crew walked over the bank to assist the casualty and pushed the car onto higher ground.
Hunstanton volunteer crew waited with the couple believed to be in their seventies until Wells coastguard managed to get their 4×4 vehicle down the road. Wells coastguard took the couple to the Ship Inn at Brancaster where they were going to make arrangements to have the car recovered and checked over.
High Water 5.43 p.m. Wind NW 3 Sea state rough ground swell at Brancaster.
Also involved Hunstanton Fire service and Police.
Our advice to visitors when visiting local beauty spots in the area is to check the tide times, as several of the local harbour areas flood at certain tides. Big tides expected this weekend. Take care and have a nice time.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.