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Hunstanton lifeboat service offering insight into life-saving work after rescue of mother and son

A busy lifeboat station is set to offer an insight into its life-saving work.

Hunstanton RNLI will be revealing some of the exploits of the crews on its lifeboat and hovercraft at an evening at the town's community centre this Wednesday.

Crew members will reveal the stories behind some of the rescues they have carried out, along with the work of the “unsung heroes” who ensure that they are always ready to launch to help those in peril at sea.

The event is being held on Wednesday
The event is being held on Wednesday

The event will also focus on roles such as launch authorities, tractor drivers, and others who help out around the station and its souvenir shop – or help to raise funds for the work of the RNLI.

Some of these will be honoured on the night with special awards for long service and other outstanding efforts.

The evening, which gets under way at 6.30pm, will also include a performance by music group Nelson's Shantymen.

Hunstanton RNLI chair Charles le Strange Meakin, who took over the role just under a year ago, said: "What I've realised since then is just how much the station is doing and how much greater the volunteers' commitment is than I'd ever imagined."

The town's crew launched 49 times in 2022. Many of these were to assist people who had found themselves cut off by the tide at Brancaster and nearby Scolt Head.

A new shore safety team now also patrols the beach to warn visitors of the danger.

On their first launch of the current season on April 6, Debbie Carter De Bois and Sam Rouse spotted a woman and her son in danger of being stranded and guided them to safety.

Some 17,000 visitors were shown around the station last year - around three times Hunstanton's population.

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