New safety plea after two swimmers get into difficulty off Brancaster


Officials have renewed their pleas for people to take care around West Norfolk’s coast after two swimmers got into difficulty yesterday.

Hunstanton’s lifeboat crews were called out at around 3.10pm on Wednesday, following reports that the pair were in trouble off Brancaster.

Although they were subsequently found on the wreck sands, opposite the golf club clubhouse, the lifeboat could not reach them because of the state of the tide.

The swimmers walked back along the sands to a shallow point in order to return to shore, where they were met by Coastguard officers.

The incident came after eight people, including two children, had to be rescued by lifeboat crews off Hunstanton at the weekend.

RNLI spokesman Geoff Needham said: “Be aware of tide times and avoid going out on to sandbanks and crossing deep water harbour channels. Strong currents can soon put you in trouble.”