Beach warning as family is rescued off north Norfolk coast

Scolt Head Island

Scolt Head Island - Credit: Archant

Beach-goers in north Norfolk are being urged to keep safe after a family of six had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island.

The family, two adult women and four children, with the youngest just two years old, are believed to have been holidaymakers staying with relatives nearby.

They were cared for by the warden on Scolt Head Island, and then taken on board Hunstanton lifeboat 'Spirit of West Norfolk', and landed on the beach at Brancaster into the care of Well's coastguard response team.

A beach-goer saw the family before they were rescued, at about 3.30pm on Wednesday. She said: 'The tide was coming in very quickly. One family was able to swim back, but this group had a baby with them, so couldn't.

'My friend is a birdwatcher and had a pair of binoculars with her. The warden was with them, and they had one of those float things. The little boy seemed to be in a bit of a muddle. There were still lots of people about, but it was very windy.'

Geoff Needham, from Hunstanton RNLI, urged people to check tide times, and added: 'Our Respect the Water campaign is slowly getting through to people. But each year there's a new influx of holidaymakers, some of whom have never seen the sea before.'

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