A lifeboat crew in action. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Lifeboat volunteers had a busy bank holiday weekend as crowds enjoyed the sunshine and flocked to  the coast.

While on exercise on Sunday, Hunstanton RNLI crew was called to help a vessel on fire at Brancaster.  

The crew found a 15ft Fletcher power boat ablaze. The five people on board had evacuated and were on the marsh beside the creek.  

The lifeboat crew assisted  the fire service in getting equipment and firefighters to the scene.

On Monday, at 1.15pm, the Coastguard asked Hunstanton RNLI to help two people on aboard a 34ft vessel with engine failure five miles west of Hunstanton.  

 Due to the ebbing tide it was not possible to tow the vessel to King’s Lynn and it was anchored in Lynn channel before being towed by a vessel from Lynn on the rising  tide.  

The crew were in action again at 9pm when the Humber Coastguard asked for help with a broken down angling boat near the mouth of the River Nene with two people on board.

A lifeboat crew went to help and assisted the vessel to Sutton Bridge.

An RNLI spokesman  said: “While this was going on reports of missing children were reported to the station, some were brought to the station and were all reunited with their parents.”

The spokesman urged visitors to respect the water and be aware of strong currents and sandbanks.