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Hunstanton RNLI hovercraft crew rescue two people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 10 August at 5.46pm the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft to go to the aid of two people cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island at Brancaster.

On arrival at scene it was found that the two people had crossed over to the Scolt Head Island. The middle-aged couple were taken on board the hovercraft, and landed on the beach near the golf club into the care of the Wells Coastguard Response Team. They apologised to the crew for getting into that situation, but were thankful for their assistance.

On return to the station UK Coastguard requested re-launch to assist in search for missing elderly gentleman, Coastguard units and the CG Helicopter plus Police were involved, the gentleman was found walking on the prom down towards Heacham.

Visitors to the coast should be aware of the tide times however tempting it is to cross over to the island or walk out on to the marshes and banks, the tidal currents are strong as the tide turns and can soon flood the creeks, cutting off walkers' retreat.

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