Thursday 30th July 2015 at 11.55am
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton Hovercraft to go to the aid of a lady reported to be stuck in the mud at Thornham marshes. On arrival it was discovered that the lady in her early 40’s who was on holiday from the Midlands, was stuck up to her knees in a creek to the west of the main channel. The local coastguard team were on scene. Our volunteer crew managed to dig her out and handed her into the care of the CG team.
Friday 31st July at 7.40pm
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton Lifeboat to go to the aid of a powerboat broken down off Hunstanton. As the lifeboat approached the area it was reported that a jet ski had towed the power boat to the shore and all were safe. Our boat was informed and returned to station.
Sunday 2nd August at 4.50pm
Humber Coastguard received a 999 call indicating that several people were attempting to wade out to the sandbanks off Hunstanton and requested the launch of the RNLI Hovercraft as the tide was starting to come in. As our Hovercraft started to proceed to the area a call came in that all the persons had now returned to the beach and our Hovercraft could return to station.
Monday 3rd August 2015 at 6.09pm
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Lifeboat to go to the aid of a Kite surfer reported to be in trouble off Old Hunstanton. Our RNLI volunteer crew launched on service. On arrival at the scene it was established that the surfer had managed to get ashore, but his kite was still out at sea. Our lifeboat crew recovered kite, and after it was confirmed that no one else was in trouble, brought the kite back to the boathouse where it was reunited with its owner.
These incidents highlight the need for visitors to be aware of the tides and tidal creeks. The RNLI Respect The Water campaign warns people that our waters are dangerously unpredictable.