Hunstanton Lifeboat launches

Sunday 24th January 2016

At 2.21pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Lifeboat to go to the aid of a kite surfer reported, by a 999 call, to be in trouble about half a mile off shore opposite the RNLI boathouse.

There was a quick response by our volunteer RNLI crew who launched on service and recovered the surfer along with his kite.

As no medical treatment was required a search of the area was made for his board but was unsuccessful.

The lifeboat, Spirit of West Norfolk, brought the surfer and his kite back to the station.

H.W. 18.41 p.m. Wind SW 2. Weather part /cloud. Vis. good Sea state calm.

Friday 22nd January 2016

At 4.45pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft to assist marine mammal experts who were trying to help a whale, believed to be a Sperm whale, stranded in shallow water a couple of hundred yards off Hunstanton.

This was one of about five that had come close to the beach. The others in the group went back out to sea, but this large animal although still alive and wallowing about, was unable to make for the deeper water. As the tide was dropping away nothing more could be done. I understand that the experts were going to monitor it in the hope that it still might be saved. In the last few years we have had about half dozen similar incidents in the Wash but none have survived. A very sad end to such magnificent animals.

H.W. 17.20pm Wind SW 2. Weather part /cloud. Vis. good Sea state calm.

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