Bank Holiday fine weather brings a spate of incidents for Hunstanton Lifeboat crews

  • 01 June 2021
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Bank Holiday fine weather brings a spate of incidents for Hunstanton Lifeboat crews

On Sunday 30th May Hunstanton Lifeboat, whilst out on exercise, was diverted to go to the aid of a vessel on fire at Brancaster.

On arrival the 15ft Fletcher power boat was ablaze. The five people on board had managed to evacuate and were on the marsh beside the creek. The Lifeboat crew assisted the Fire Brigade in getting equipment and personnel to the scene. Everyone from the power boat was OK and they were landed at the harbour in Brancaster Staithe.

On Monday 31st May at 1.15pm UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat to go to the aid of two persons aboard a 34 ft vessel with engine failure 5 miles West of Hunstanton.

The Hunstanton volunteer lifeboat crew launched and proceeded to the area and the casualty vessel was located. Due to the tide ebbing it was not possible to tow to Kings Lynn so arrangements were made to anchor the vessel by number one Buoy in the Lynn channel, and a vessel from Lynn to tow it into Lynn later on the rising tide. The Hunstanton Lifeboat returned to station at 7.00pm.

Later at 9.00pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Lifeboat to go to the aid of an angling boat that had broken down near the mouth of the river Nene with two people on board. the Hunstanton lifeboat relaunched with a change of crew and assisted the vessel back to Sutton Bridge.

While this was going on reports of missing children were reported to the station; some were taken to the station and all were reunited with their parents.