Heat Wave brings a busy time for Lifeboat crew – Easter 2019

Hunstanton lifeboat at speed
Hunstanton lifeboat at speed

Friday 19 April. Hunstanton Lifeboat launched on service at 1.15pm to assist a rowing group from Kings Lynn. The group were attempting to row from Kings Lynn to Gorleston over the weekend, stopping off at Lifeboat Stations and delivering Easter eggs. They were due at Hunstanton at 10.00am. The crew found them about 2 miles off Hunstanton struggling against wind and tide. As the five persons were exhausted our lifeboat took them in tow and landed them on the beach opposite the lifeboat station. The local Coastguard and a local fisherman towed their boat across the beach to safety above high tide. It was recovered and taken back to Kings Lynn by road.

Saturday 20 April. UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Lifeboat in response to a report of some people cut off by the tide on the sandbanks off Hunstanton. Our crew assembled but were stood down before launching as the persons were now safely ashore. At 4.10pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft in response to a report of some people cut off by the tide at Scolt Head Island. However, they managed to get across before the Hovercraft arrived. Our crew checked the area before returning to station.

Sunday 21 April. Our crew were put on immediate readiness in response to a report of a missing child on Old Hunstanton beach. The child was found and crew were stood down. Later, at 4.00pm, Our Hovercraft, was launched to Scolt Head Island, and brought one person ashore into the care of the local coastguard team.

Monday 22 April. UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft in response to a report of an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea off Heacham with three people in it. On arrival at the scene, the persons and the dinghy had been recovered. The local coastguard had requested an ambulance, and a paramedic was in attendance. Hunstanton hovercraft was released to return to station. The crew, at the station were also dealing with an incident near the station. A young lady had collapsed on the beach. An ambulance was requested, and she was handed in to the care of the ambulance crew.

A busy weekend!

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