Hunstanton lifeboat officials issue new safety plea after latest coast rescues

Naming ceremony and service of dedication of the RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of West Norfolk' at Hunstanton Lifeboat Station on Saturday afternoon.The new boat is launched. ENGANL00120111024095548

Naming ceremony and service of dedication of the RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of West Norfolk' at Hunstanton Lifeboat Station on Saturday afternoon.The new boat is launched. ENGANL00120111024095548

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Lifeboat officials in Hunstanton have repeated their plea for people to take care around the area’s coastline following two rescue call-outs in recent days.

A woman in her 40s had to be rescued from a creek at Thornham Marshes on Thursday afternoon after becoming trapped in knee-deep mud.

Members of the Hunstanton lifeboat hovercraft crew dug the woman, who was on holiday from the Midlands, out of the mud and left her in the care of coastguard officers.

The lifeboat was also called out shortly before 5pm yesterday, following reports that several people were attempting to wade out to sandbanks off Hunstanton as the tide was beginning to come in.

All of the people involved managed to return to the shore unaided.

But Hunstanton RNLI spokesman Geoff Needham said: “These incidents highlight the need for visitors to be aware of the tides and tidal creeks. Our waters are dangerously unpredictable.”

He said visitors to the coast should check weather forecasts and tide times, as well as reading signs warning of local dangers.

He said the public should also carry a means of seeking help if they get into difficulty.

In a separate incident, a boat was towed back to shore after breaking down off Hunstanton on Friday evening.