Father and son in Norfolk lifeboat rescue

Ed FossA father and his teenage son were rescued by lifeboat and coastguard teams after getting into difficulties on the coast near Blakeney.Ed Foss

A father and his teenage son were rescued by lifeboat and coastguard teams after getting into difficulties on the coast near Blakeney.

The 52-year-old and 15-year-old called 999 at around 3.30pmtoday, Sunday, saying they were being cut off by the tide at Blakeney Point.

They were already in a few inches of water and the tide had around two hours left to run before reaching its height.

Yarmouth Coastguard coordinated the rescue and scrambled Wells inshore lifeboat, the Cley coastguard team and the RAF Sea King rescue helicopter form Wattisham in Suffolk.

The lifeboat crew were the first to spot the pair, who by this time were knee-deep in water.

They were hauled on to the lifeboat and then taken to the beach to be looked after by the Cley coastguard team.

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A coastguard spokesman said: 'When visiting the coast, check tide times for the area you are intending to visit.

'Tell someone where you are going, make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and feel free to call your local coastguard team for advice.'

The helicopter was stood down before arriving at the scene.