Dog walkers rescued by coastguard in hovercraft after getting stranded off coast

Hunstanton RNLI. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hunstanton RNLI. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Two dog-walkers were rescued after getting stranded in marshland off the coast in Thornham.

Hunstanton Coastguard Rescue Team were called to the incident on Saturday, December 30 at around 1.11pm along with the Wells & Cley Coastguard.

Two people, a middle-aged couple from the London area, and their two dogs were located on the marsh and the team decided the safest way to rescue them was by hovercraft.

The coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft to assist the rescue operation.

An RNLI spokesman said once the casualties, a middle-aged couple from the London area, and their dogs were picked up on the hovercraft they were then transported to the coastguard team on the harbour.

He added: 'The couple did not need any medical treatment, after thanking the crews and assuring all that they were OK.'

This was the second call that Hunstanton volunteers had responded to over the Christmas holiday period.

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On Thursday, December 28 at 4.45pm, the team assisted the Coastguard to evacuate a crew member off a Lynn-based trawler fishing boat.

An RNLI spokesman said: 'His wife had been admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and he needed to get there.

'He was landed at the boathouse and was picked up by a friend and taken to King's Lynn.

'We wish him well and were pleased to have been of assistance.'

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