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Coastguard has busy weekend along seashore in West Norfolk




At least seven beachgoers were rescued by Hunstanton Coastguard last weekend after becoming cut off by the tide.

Emergency crews were called to Hunstanton at around 4.30pm on Saturday following reports of people cut off by the tide.

A spokesman said: “Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft to reports of persons cut off by the tide on the banks off Hunstanton.

Coastguard at Hunstanton (3105550)
Coastguard at Hunstanton (3105550)

“On arrival, it was established that the persons had been assisted by others, and were now ashore. The hovercraft carried out a search of the area before returning to the station.”

However, as the hovercraft was returning, it was diverted to Brancaster on news that two people had become stuck on Scolt Head Island.

The spokesman added: “As the hovercraft was returning, they were diverted to Brancaster to reports of people cut off on Scolt Head Island.

“Hunstanton lifeboat was also launched and located two persons on island, took them onboard and landed them on the beach into the care of the local coastguard response team.

“Both crafts carried out a search of the area before returning to the station.”

The following day, emergency crews were called back to Hunstanton to assist eight people who had become cut off by the tide.

However, on arrival, they found four had managed to make it back to shore.

A spokesman said: “At 4.20pm Humber Coastguard requested launch of the HunstantonRNLI Hovercraft to reports of eight persons cut off by tide on the banks off Hunstanton.

“On arrival, four persons were picked up by the hovercraft, four others having made it back to shore, the persons were landed ashore to the local coastguard team.”

Just 30 minutes later, Hunstanton lifeboat was relaunched to again assist with another person cut off by the tide in Brancaster.

The team said they rescued the person before bringing them back to shore.



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