At 5.10pm UK Coastguard (CG) requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft in response to a report of persons cut off by the tide on the banks at Heacham Beach.
Hunstanton volunteer crew launched the Hunstanton Hovercraft – Hunstanton Flyer – and proceeded to the area. On arrival at the search area 3 persons were picked up by the Hovercraft and taken back to the beach into the care of the local Coastguard response team. The crew advised about 20 people about the rising tide, and pointed out the risks of going out on to the banks on these big Ebbs, and instructed them to return to Heacham beach.
Our crew were then informed that other persons were thought to be in trouble down towards Snettisham and were requested to carry out a search of that area. The crew then continued to search the tide line towards Snettisham and found a further 7 people at risk of the fast incoming tide. The crew picked these people up and landed them safely on Snettisham beach into the care of the local Coastguard response team.
They informed UK CG that all persons were now safely on the beach and they returned to station.
H.W. 09.22 pm. Wind N2. Weather Fine. Vis. Good Sea state slight
Our Sea safety advice to visitors. Do not venture out onto the Flats or Banks, at Hunstanton, Heacham or Snettisham. However tempting, the tides in this area go out over a mile on big Ebbs, and when the tide turns the tidal currents are very strong. Tides are predictable. Weather conditions can change very quickly and you can soon be in trouble. Respect The Water, stay safe, keep off the banks and within your limits. Enjoy your visit.