Lifeboat crew called to rescues involving inflatables during heatwave

PUBLISHED: 07:42 25 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:07 25 June 2020

People must be careful not to swim or go in the sea after drinking, warns the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Photo: RNLI Lowestoft

People must be careful not to swim or go in the sea after drinking, warns the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Photo: RNLI Lowestoft


Lifeboat volunteers were called to three incidents off the Hunstanton coast amid scorching conditions.

Crew members from the Spirit of West Norfolk Hunstanton RNLI boat were alerted at 2.15pm on Wednesday, June 24, to help a person who had fallen from an inflatable off Old Hunstanton.

As the rescue vessel launched the person had made it back to shore. The lifeboat recovered an inflatable.

At 3.10pm on the same day crews were called to go to Brancaster to reports that a child in an inflatable was drifting out to sea off Brancaster Golf Club house.

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On arrival it was confirmed that others had swam out and brought the inflatable and child back to Titchwell beach.

The lifeboat stayed in the area while the coastguard team made sure everyone was off Scolt Head Island, between Brancaster and Hunstanton.

After returning to the station a further report came in that people were thought to be in trouble off Hunstanton, as they checked this out it was established that everyone had made it back to the beach.

Jerry Woodley, station officer for Sheringham and Cromer Coastguard, said they had also been busy.

Mr Woodley said this week they had dealt with incidents including a man who had a heart attack on Cley beach, people being cut off by the tide on Scolt Head Island, and a woman floating face down in the water at Cromer, who thankfully turned out to be safe, and was snorkeling.

He said: “We’ve been quite busy. I know Humber Coastguard is rushed off their feet at the moment. It’s what we anticipated, the swimming pools and bars are closed and people enjoy coming to the beach.

“It’s good to see everyone enjoying themselves, but there is a safety issue and we want everyone to be safe. You have to remember there are fewer lifeguards around this year as well.”

Cromer RNLI spokesperson Audrey Smith said that although their station had not had any extra call-outs, the town had been busy and they were ready to go if called to action.

She said: “We haven’t had any extra calls in the last few days. With the weather hotting up, Cromer has been very busy, and we are alert and ready to launch when we are needed.”

The RNLI boathouse on Cromer Pier remains closed to the general public.

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