Hunstanton Lifeboat Launch – Saturday 4th July 2015.
RNLI crews are called out to rescue 8 persons cut off by the tide on the sandbanks off Hunstanton.
For the second day in succession Humber Coastguard requested Hunstanton RNLI volunteers to go to their aid.
Humber Coastguard received a 999 call at 5.03pm that several people were out on the sandbanks as the tide was starting to turn and they were in danger of the strong incoming tide that rips round the banks. Our hovercraft was tasked to the area and brought ashore eight persons in total, including two children under the age of nine. They were landed into the care of the local coastguard team. The day before two teenagers were reported to be in trouble in the same area, but managed to get ashore before our lifeboat reached the scene.
H.W. 9.12pm. Wind SE 3 Vis. good Sea state calm
Visitors to the area should not, however tempting the sands look, venture out on to the banks. These big tides go out a long way and expose vast sand banks, but what goes out must come back, and it does not waste time, and creates very strong tidal currents, our advice is stay safe and keep on the beach, and enjoy your holiday!
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.