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Hunstanton Coastguard issues warning after nine-year old boy swept out to sea on inflatable boat





A warning has been issued over the use of inflatables at sea following the rescue of a child on the West Norfolk coast.

Emergency services including Hunstanton RNLI and Norfolk Police attended yesterday afternoon’s rescue when a nine-year old boy had been swept out to sea off of Heacham North Beach on his inflatable boat.

A jetskier was located by hovercraft crew with the child onboard and the inflatable in tow.

Stock image of Hunstanton RNLI crew. PIcture: Chris Bishop/Hunstanton RNLI
Stock image of Hunstanton RNLI crew. PIcture: Chris Bishop/Hunstanton RNLI

The jetski towed in the youngster, with Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft and Hunstanton and Sutton Bridge Coastguard rescue teams also called to the scene.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: “Please don’t take inflatable boats and toys to sea.

“They can easily be blown out to sea, especially in offshore winds.”



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