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Hunstanton RNLI launched to two people cut off by the tide at Titchwell Marsh

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 12 June at 7.15pm the UK Coastguard requested Hunstanton RNLI to launch their hovercraft to assist two people cut off by the tide at Titchwell Marsh.

On arrival at Titchwell the volunteer lifeboat crew liaised with the local Coastguard Rescue Team and were informed that the two people were safely with them.

The Coastguard Rescue Team were guiding the pair, young couple in their twenties from Cambridge, to safety, so no further assistance from the RNLI was required. It turns out the couple had crossed over the channel and were not familiar with the area, resulting in them being cut off by the rising tide.

The hovercraft returned to station at 8.55pm. The RNLI is encouraging people to heed the advice outlined in its Respect the Water campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the potential dangers of the water.

The RNLI advises people to check the weather and tide times befores setting out, read and follow advice on signs, be aware of local hazards, and carry a means of calling for help.

If anyone sees someone in danger they are advised to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI media contacts

  • Geoff Needham, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07932 026265
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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