Busy day for Hunstanton RNLI – 12 people rescued – 9 April 2017

RNLI Hovercraft rescues five persons cut off by rising tide at Scolt Head Island. United Kingdom Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft at 2.55pm to go to the aid of two adults and three children stranded on the Island.

Hunstanton volunteer Hovercraft crew rescued the two separate families, and landed them into the care of the local Coastguard response team.  The Hovercraft returned to station 3.45pm.

At 3.55pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Lifeboat to go to the aid of four persons cut off on Titchwell Marsh.  Hunstanton Lifeboat located the persons including one heavily pregnant lady. They were landed at Brancaster beach into the care of the Coastguard response team. The Lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” was then tasked to go to the aid of two persons stranded on the marsh at Burnham Deepdale.  They were also landed into the care of the Coastguard response team.   On the return journey to the station, the crew recovered a kite surfer who was having difficulties with his kite about a quarter of a mile East of the boathouse.   In all a total of twelve persons required RNLI assistance on one of the busiest and hottest Sundays so far this year.

Visitor’s to the area should be aware of tide times, and however tempting should not venture on to the wreck sands or cross over to Scolt Head.  The 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 stay safe keep on the beach and enjoy your weekend break.

H.W.6.28pm.    Wind SW 3    Sea State slight    Vis. Good

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