Hovercraft Search for Missing Girls – 23 August 2016


At 6.05pm Humber Coastguard were informed of a report that 2 girls were missing. Their worried mother had come to the RNLI Station and stated the two thirteen year old girls, last seen playing near the water’s edge with an inflatable toy shark, had gone missing. Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft was launched to search the area for them.

At 6.25pm, as our Hovercraft was proceeding with the search, two girls were sighted by the crew from the boathouse, about half a mile to the East walking towards the shore. Our Hovercraft was informed and proceeded to the area and it was confirmed that these were the two girls. They were handed over into the care of the local police who were also helping with the search.

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!

At 6.30pm Humber Coastguard reported that they had just received a 999 call that several people were cut off on the Sandbanks off Hunstanton and requested that the Hovercraft go to check out the situation.

On arrival to the area, a group of seven people were seen swimming to the shore, our crew spoke to them about the tide now turning, and they said they were all OK and going ashore.

A second group of five people were also advised about the tide as they were leaving the beach. Our Hovercraft was released to return to station at 6.50pm.

Our Sea safety advice to visitors. Do not venture out onto the Flats or Banks, at Hunstanton, Heacham or Snettisham. However tempting, tides in this area go out over a mile on big Ebbs, when the tide turns the tidal currents are very strong. Tides are predictable. Weather conditions can change very quickly you can soon be in trouble. Respect The Water and stay safe, keep off the banks and within your limits.

Enjoy your visit!

H.W.10.59pm. Wind SE 2. Weather part/cloud. Vis. Good Sea state calm

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