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Despair over Norfolk sea rescue

PUBLISHED: 07:30 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 01 July 2010

Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary

Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary

A lifeboat coxswain said he "didn't know what more to do" to make people take care when they visit the Norfolk coast following a major rescue operation to save six children, 11 adults and two dogs.

Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary

A lifeboat coxswain said he "didn't know what more to do" to make people take care when they visit the Norfolk coast following a major rescue operation to save six children, 11 adults and two dogs.

As reported in yesterday's Evening News, two lifeboats, coastguards, a rescue helicopter, three kayaks and a ferry boat were all involved in the operation on Sunday night when two groups of daytrippers were cut off at Scolt Head Island, near Burnham Overy Staithe.

No figure has been put on the cost of the operation but it is thought it could be up to tens of thousands of pounds.

The people - including a three-month old baby - were eventually brought back to shore by the Burnham Overy ferry.

There were near gale force winds and rough seas and the people had been wearing summer clothes.

The conditions were too rough for the inshore lifeboat, meaning a lifeboat from Hunstanton and a bigger boat from Wells were sent out, as well as a rescue helicopter from Wattisham and a team of coastguards.

Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary said warnings were constantly given and signs were up in the area but people "didn't seem to be listening."

"I just do not know what we can do now to get this through to people.

"They can put themselves in a lot of danger, either by attempting to swim back across any channel up here, particularly with the tides as they are at the moment."

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