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Hunstanton lifeboat crews rescue five people caught on sand banks during a busy day on the Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 11:35 19 August 2012

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RNLI and RAF rescue also called to help after reports of man and two children in the water at Brancaster

The heat wave has kept lifeboat crews in Hunstanton busy with three call-outs in as many hours on Saturday.

The first shout came at 2.45pm when a four-year-old girl was reported missing and the hovercraft was launched as part of the search. The girl had last been seen on the beach at Old Hunstanton but she was found safe and well.

While the lifeboat crew was out searching, a second missing child was reported in the area. The girl was found, taken to the boathouse and reunited with her parents.

A lifeboat spokesman said several children have been reported missing during the spell of hot weather this weekend.

At 3.55pm on Saturday the hovercraft was called out again after reports of several people on a sandbank cut-off by the rising tide at Hunstanton.

Five people were taken on board the hovercraft, by this time the sand was completely covered by the tide, they were landed on the beach into the care of the local coast guard team.

“Visitors should be aware the banks may be inviting, and easy to walk out to on these big ebbs, the returning tide floods in very fast, and one can soon be in deep trouble,” said a lifeboat spokesman.

Both the hovercraft and the Atlantic boat were called to Brancaster at 5.05pm after reports of someone in the water calling for help near the golf clubhouse.

The RAF search helicopter was also sent out along with the coast guard’s coastal unit.

Crews from both Hunstanton craft carried out a search of area around the second world war shipwreck of the Vina and Scolt Head.

Yarmouth Coastguard received a report that a member of the public had assisted a father and his two young children out of the water, the father had been shouting for help, and was genuinely in need of assistance.

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