Man rescued from sea off Hunstanton

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

A man had to be rescued by lifeboat crews after getting into difficulty in the sea off Hunstanton yesterday afternoon.

The incident was reported at around 5.40pm when a 34-year-old man, believed to be a Chinese national from Swaffham, was trying to swim ashore near the South Beach.

The man, who was said to be exhausted, was assessed by paramedics after he was picked up.

Officials believe he had gone out onto the sandbanks and was caught out by the incoming tide.

Hunstanton RNLI spokesman Geoff Needham said the incident was a reminder of the dangers people can face if they go onto the banks.

He said: “The tidal currents are very strong, and you can soon be in trouble.

“Our crews quick response prevented a serious situation from becoming a fatal one. Stay safe, keep off the banks and enjoy your visit.”