Hunstanton lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk”
At 3.00pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat to go to the aid of a kite surfer. A number of 999 calls had been made to the coastguard reporting a kite surfer in trouble off Heacham.
Hunstanton lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” launched on service and on arrival at Heacham the local coastguard team reported to them that the surfer had made it to the shore, but his kite was still out at sea. The crew located the kite and after checking the area to make sure no other persons were in trouble brought it back to the boathouse. The owner, a local man, who did not require any medical treatment was reunited with his kite.
H.W. 5.15 p.m. Wind SW5. Weather Cloudy. Vis. Good Sea state choppy.
At 5.15pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft to assist four people cut off by the tide at Titchwell marsh
On arrival at Titchwell the crew liased with the local coastguard response team and were directed to where the people were cut off. Our hovercraft proceeded down the creek, but was unable to get close to where the people were stranded. Three crew members walked to the casualties and found that one had crossed the creek, but the other three – one an elderly lady – could not cross through the deep mud. The local coastguard response team also arrived on the scene and it was decided to call for the coastguard helicopter which was able to lift the people to safety.
The RNLI Respect The Water campaign warns people that our waters are dangerously unpredictable. General coastal safety tips.
- Check the weather and tide times.
- Read signs. Be aware of local hazards.
- Carry means of calling for help.
- If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard who will page us.