RNLI Hovercraft launched to assist two people cut off at Titchwell Marsh – 20 August 2017


At 3.50pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft to assist two people cut off by the tide at Titchwell Marsh.

On arrival at Titchwell the crew liased with the local coastguard response team, and were informed that the two persons were now with the coastguards and were safe, and that no assistance was now required.  They could walk off the Marsh to the Bird Reserve.

Our hovercraft picked up the coastguard response team and landed them back at Brancaster.  Our hovercraft then carried out a search to Scolt Head Island and checked that no other persons were in trouble and then returned to station.

H.W. 6.29p m.   Wind SW2.  Weather Cloudy.   Vis. Good   Sea state calm

The RNLI Respect The Water Campaign warns people that our waters are dangerously unpredictable.  General coastal safety tips.

  1. Check the weather and tide times.
  2. Read signs.  Be aware of local hazards.
  3. Carry a means of calling for help.
  4. If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard who will page us.
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Hovercraft rescues 2 persons cut of by Tide – 10 August 2017

At 5.46pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton Hovercraft to go to the aid of two people cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island at Brancaster.

On arrival at the scene it was found that the two persons had crossed over to the Scolt Head Island. The middle aged couple were taken on board the hovercraft and landed on the beach near the Golf Club into the care of the Wells coastguard response team.   They apologized to the crew for getting into that situation but were thankful for their assistance.

On return to the station UK Coastguard requested the relaunch of our Hovercraft to assist in the search for a missing elderly gentleman. Coastguard units and the CG Helicopter plus Police were involved. The gentleman was found walking on the prom down towards Heacham and all units were stood down.

H.W. 6.02p.m.        Sea State calm.    Wind SE 1.  Vis good.

Visitors to the coast should be aware of the tide times. However tempting it is to cross over to the Island or walk out on to the marshes and banks, the tidal currents are strong as the tide turns and soon floods the creeks, cutting off your retreat.  Take Care.  Enjoy the beach, Respect The Water. Stay safe.

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