December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Hunstanton Hovercraft was involved in a dramactic rescue this afternoon after four people were cut off by the tide at Brancaster beach.
While one of the group, believed to be a man, managed to swim ashore the other three, thought to be a woman and her two younger sisters, were left clinging to a buoy amid strong currents.
As the hovercraft and a lifeboat neared the buoy the woman lost her grip on the buoy and began to be dragged away by the current.
While the hovercraft attended the younger girls one of the crew dived into the water to rescue the woman before she was swept under.
Hunstanton RNLI spokesperson Geoff Needham said: “They were very, very lucky. This was a serious incident.
“It was touch and go and the team performed excellently. They were on the scene as quickly as they possibly could be.”
The Hunstanton RNLI received the call from Humber Coastguard at around 3.45pm and had reached the group by 4.15pm.
Once on dry land the group were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn by ambulance although it is believed that this was a precautionary measure.
For more see tomorrow’s EDP.