At 5.37 pm. Humber Coastguard received a call from the Wash Monster* that several persons were on the sandbanks off Hunstanton and were attempting to swim to the beach.
Hunstanton Hovercraft, The Hunstanton Flyer, was requested to launch as there was concern for their safety as the tide, the biggest this season, was flooding the banks.
The volunteer crew of our hovercraft arrived on the scene and checked that all persons had made it back to the shore. They then checked down the coastline towards Snettisham after reports that people were thought to be in trouble off Heacham. They confirmed that all persons had made it back to the beach and our hovercraft returned to station.
Sea state calm. Weather very hot and humid.
Visitors to the coast should be aware however tempting it is to walk out to the banks, the tidal currents are strong as the tide turns and soon flood the banks. Take care, enjoy the beach, stay safe.
As always, you can keep up to date with details of all the latest news on the Hunstanton page of the RNLI website… and also on Facebook.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station
* The Wash Monster is an amphibious LARC landing craft that offers pleasure trips from Hunstanton. More information, see their website.