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Injured angler and kitsurfer concerns prompt Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat launches

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Hunstanton RNLI launched on Saturday (9 July) to help an injured fisherman who was slipping in and out of consciousness.

Humber Coastguard requested the crew launch at 8.55pm to assist the man after he got a fish hook deeply embedded in his finger. 

Because he was struggling to stay conscious the lifeboat crew was asked to assist in bringing him ashore and into the care of waiting paramedics at Brancaster.  

On arrival at Brancaster it was reported that the man, who was on an angling trip, was checked by the ambulance crew but declined to go to Kings Lynn Hospital, instead saying he would seek treatment at Grantham when he got home. 

The lifeboat, Spirit of West Norfolk, returned to the lifeboat station at 9.50pm.

The next day, Sunday 10 July, the lifeboat launched again, at 12.50pm, at the request of Humber Coastguard. This was after reports of a kite surfer in trouble about a mile east of the lifeboat station.

On arrival it was reported that the surfer had got ashore, but his kite was still out at aea. The lifeboat crew recovered the kite and brought t back to the station boathouse, which was later picked up by the owner.

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