Coastguard delayed getting to six people in difficulty after beachgoers cause gridlock in village
PUBLISHED: 16:14 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:16 01 August 2020
Coastguard crews were delayed reaching six people in difficulty in the water off a Norfolk beach after becoming gridlocked in traffic and parked cars.
HM Coastguard were called at 11.18am on Friday to reports of six people in difficulty in the water at Winterton.
Winterton and Bacton coastguard rescue teams were called out, along with Hemsby Lifeboat, but the six were safely ashore when crews arrived, before being given safety advice by rescue officers.
Yet with thousands rushing to beaches along the Norfolk coast, many towns and villages quickly became overwhelmed with traffic, including Winterton, with coastguard crews losing precious time in responding to the call.
James Denton, of Hermanus Leisure, described it as “the day from hell” for customers and residents alike.
He said: “To say it was hectic would be an understatement.
“The traffic just was not moving at all in the village.
“Three Coastguard vehicles trying to respond to an incident were unable to get through and the locals came out to help people move their cars out of the way.
“It is quite a lot worse than normal for a sunny day.”
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