Full Scale Air and Sea Search off Hunstanton – 15 August 2016

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At 5.15pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Lifeboat in response to a report of a person last seen holding on to an inflatable being blown out to sea off South Beach Hunstanton.

Hunstanton RNLI volunteer crew launched on service and made good speed to the search area and commenced a search. The inflatable child’s toy in the shape of a whale was brought ashore by a jet skier who stated that there was no one with it.

The first informant told the Coastguard that there was a person with it as it was being blown out to sea. The Coastguard Helicopter was scrambled to assist in the search, as was local coastguard response team. Despite a two hour search nothing was found, and all units were stood down.

Earlier in the day, at 1.50pm Hunstanton lifeboat was launched in response to a report of an inflatable being blown out to sea off Hunstanton. That was also was a child’s toy in the shape of a Dolphin. No person was with it and our crew recovered it and brought it back to the boathouse.

In the interest of safety and the RNLI Respect The Water Campaign our advice to visitors to the seaside is: don’t take inflatables to the sea.  However tempting it may be, off shore winds and tides can be a recipe for disaster. Stay safe and enjoy your holiday!

H.W. 5.27pm. Wind NE 3 Sea state slight Vis. Good

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