Rescuers called as seaside visitors cut off by high tide

Lifeboat volunteers came to the aid of a power boat in The Wash. Picture: Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboat volunteers came to the aid of three people cut off by the rising tide at Brancaster. - Credit: Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat

Three people in their 20s had to be rescued off the Norfolk coast after they were cut off by the rising tide at Brancaster.

The RNLI Lifeboat and volunteer crew from Hunstanton received the callout from HM Coastguard at 6.15pm on Monday.

Upon arrival at the scene at Wreck Sands, they found two women and a man safe and well and took them back to the beach.

It happened at a time of high tide and sunny weather, when the area was busy with visitors.

The RNLI said there was an increase in the number of people needing its help at the time, adding: "In all cases the people were not local."


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Advice to holidaymakers includes checking the weather and tide times, reading signs to be aware of local hazards and always carrying means to call for help.

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