Dangerously unpredictable: RNLI remind public to Respect The Water after two people rescued from Titchwell marsh

The Hunstanton hovercraft was called into action. Picture: Clifford Hicks

The Hunstanton hovercraft was called into action. Picture: Clifford Hicks - Credit: Archant

Two people had to be rescued by the coastguard after being cut off by the tide in North Norfolk.

Emergency services raced to the scene at Titchwell Marsh after the alarm was raised on Monday around 7.15pm.

The RNLI crew at Hunstanton used a hovercraft to search for the couple from Cambridge, aged in their 20s.

However, by the time they arrived they were being guided to safety by the Coastguard.

A spokesperson for the RNLI - the charity that saves lives at sea - said: 'The young couple had crossed over the channel and, not familiar with the area, had been cut off by the rising tide.'

But they added: 'On arrival at Titchwell the crew liased with the local coastguard response team, and were informed that the two persons were now with the coastguards, and were safe, and being guided to safety, no further assistance was required.'

The RNLI is reminding the public to be aware of its Respect The Water campaign, which warns visitors of the 'dangerously unpredictable' nature of the sea.

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Coastal safety tips it advises of include: 1, Check the weather and tide times; 2, Read signs. Be aware of local hazards; 3, Carry means of calling for help; and 4, If you see someone in danger dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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