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Geoff NeedhamVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
at Hunstanton RNLI.
The Vina, a Second World War target boat, lies on the sand off Brancaster and attracts lots of visitors
Lifeboats News Release
On Thursday 16 August at 3.40pm Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat after reports of two children seen playing on the wreck of a vessel - the Vina - at Brancaster.
The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched and proceeded to the area, after Yarmouth Coastguard reported that the two boys were thought to be swimming across the main channel to the shore.The lifeboat was asked to proceed and check the situation. On arrival the crew checked the entrance to Brancaster Harbour and the area around Scolt Head, and back again,but found nothing. After consultation with others the search was called off and the lifeboat released to return to station.The Vina, a Second World War target boat, lies on the sand off Brancaster and attracts lots of visitors. Visitor’s to the area should be aware that the tide floods in fast, cutting off their safe passage back to the shore, Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat crew launched a second time the same day at 7.12pm after Yarmouth Coastguard requested the help of Hunstanton's hovercraft to reports of a person stuck in the mud off Holbeach Marshes.
The hovercraft was launched at 7.20pm and proceeded to the area. At 7.45pm Yarmouth Coastguard reported that the person had been released from the mud by the fire brigade, and all units were stood down. The hovercraft returned to station at 8pm.RNLI media contacts
• Geoff Needham / Volunteer Lifeboat Press OfficerHome 01485 525409 Mobile 07932 026265 email email@example.com • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / firstname.lastname@example.org • Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)0207 6207425 / 07886 668825 / email@example.com • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
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