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Hunstanton RNLI rescue couple and dog walker in separate shouts

Lifeboats News Release

A Norfolk RNLI lifeboat station launched both its lifeboat and its hovercraft to rescue three people in incidents hours apart over the weekend.

RNLI/Chris Bishop

Hunstanton lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk
Hunstanton RNLI's volunteer crew were tasked to assist a couple after the engine failed on their jet ski on Saturday 9 September.

The lifeboat crew were asked to assess the situation by HM Coastguard just after 10.30am.

After launching the inshore lifeboat, Spirit of West Norfolk, they quickly made their way to the couple, who were drifting around a mile off Heacham Beach.

On arrival, the crew decided the safest option was to tow the jet ski ashore because it had lost all power.

The crew assisted the couple, who were uninjured, to the beach at Heacham, where they were met by HM Coastguard.

Spirit of West Norfolk then returned to station at Old Hunstanton, where she was cleaned down, checked over and refuelled ready for her next service.

At 3pm, the crew scrambled the hovercraft Hunstanton Flyer, after being tasked to assist a dog walker who had been cut off by the tide, again off Heacham.

The hovercraft made its way to the scene, located the man, who was uninjured and brought him ashore.

His dog had made its own way to the beach and the two were reunited.

The hovercraft then returned to station to be washed down, checked and refuelled.

Notes for editor

Since Hunstanton's current station opened in 1979, its inshore lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk and her predecessors have helped save 140 lives and render assistance to more than 600 people who found themselves in difficulty or in danger.

In 2003, she was joined by the hovercraft Hunstanton Flyer, which has since then been launched 250 times, saved 13 lives and assisted a further 150 people.

RNLI media contacts

For more information call Chris Bishop, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07584 147219 or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641.

RNLI/Chris Bishop

RNLI hovercraft Hunstanton Flyer

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