Scenes from Hunstanton at the weekend as visitors returned following relaxation of lockdown exercise rules. Pictures: Ian Burt

Visitors and families returned to West Norfolk this week following the government’s relaxation of lockdown exercise rules.

People took advantage of being allowed to venture further afield and Hunstanton and Sandringham saw people out and about for the first time in many weeks

Wednesday’s heatwave resulted in even more visitors  and has prompted the town’s RNLI to remind people take care at the seaside.

The crew was among a team of 16 who turned out at 2.30pm after three people were stranded at Scolt Head Island at Brancaster, but later rescued by a fisherman. 

Later that day, rescue services including the police and Coastguard teams were scrambled after a five-year-old girl went missing on Old Hunstanton beach. 

Members of the public joined the search and the girl was found.

An RNLI spokesman said the coronavirus hadn’t gone away and safety rules needed to be followed.

“Your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times. 

“This summer with beach lifeguard patrols significantly reduced, the RNLI and HM Coastguard are advising the public not to use inflatables and for everyone, especially parents planning a visit to a beach or the coast to follow this safety advice: Have a plan, check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage.” 

The spokesman urged people to keep watch on family members both in the sea and on the beach.