RNLI Lifeboat Launched to 2 people cut off at Titchwell Marsh – 2 December 2017

G-MCGE - Coastguard SAR helicopter (C) Hunstanton RNLI

At 5.45pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat to assist two people cut off by the tide at Titchwell Marsh.

On arrival at Titchwell the crew liaised with the local coastguard response team, and were directed to where the two persons were stranded by the tide.  Despite the efforts of the crew the lifeboat was unable to reach them. Two RNLI crew set off to walk to the casualties, but had to swim across a channel to reach them.  They reassured the middle aged couple who were accompanied by two spaniels.

The area they were in was inaccessible by our lifeboat or hovercraft and so a Helicopter was requested.   As the tide was ebbing fast, the lifeboat left the creek and waited off shore. Our two crewmen waited some forty minutes with the casualties until the helicopter arrived and lifted them off the marsh.

Our crew then swam and walked back across the channel with the two dogs and were picked up by the lifeboat and landed at the Brancaster Golf Club entrance into the care of the local coastguard team. Our crewmen then all returned to station a bit muddy at 7.30pm.  

The two persons, who were on holiday from the London area, were full of praise for the way the crews responded to their plight.

H.W.  5.18p m         Wind W1        Weather Cloudy   Vis. Good    Sea state calm

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