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Sixteen people rescued from popular Brancaster holiday spot



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Sixteen people had to be rescued yesterday after they were cut off by the tide at a popular West Norfolk coastal spot.

Rescue teams say the operation was the largest they have had to undertake off the borough's coast so far this year.

And they have renewed their pleas for visitors to be aware of the potential dangers of the sea.

Hunstanton lifeboat crews were called out to rescue 16 people in a single operation yesterday
Hunstanton lifeboat crews were called out to rescue 16 people in a single operation yesterday

Emergency crews were alerted at around 3.30pm on Saturday to reports that a large group had been trapped by rising waters at Scolt Head island, near Brancaster.

Crews found 11 adults and five children, including two babies, in difficulty at the scene.

A Hunstanton RNLI spokesman said: "This was the highest number of persons of the holiday season to date.

"All were on holiday, from different areas of the country. They told the crew they had not realised the state of the tide, which was filling the channel between them and the safety of the beach.

"They were taken aboard the hovercraft and transferred to the beach, into the care of the local coastguard response team. It took three journeys to evacuate them from the island."

The incident comes after two other people had to be rescued in the same area on Friday.

The RNLI's ongoing Respect the Water campaign urges visitors to be aware of potential dangers when they visit the coastline.

The group says: "Tidal waters have strong tidal currents, especially the approaches to the harbours.

"Check the weather and tide times. Read signs. Be aware of local hazards."

"Carry means of calling for help and if you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard."



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