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Busy year for seal rescues off Norfolk coast

An injured grey seal who had to have an eye removed after a fight with another seal is one of a number who're going to be released back into the wild at Hunstanton in Norfolk.

The Sealife Sanctuary says it's had one of its busiest years with more than 50 emergency calls to rescue seals with 37 being taken into its care.

Artemis, the seal who suffered the punctured eye has recovered enough to return to the wild.

Another seal named Hemera had suffered a severe wound to her flippers, her wound has now healed.

"It’s been an unbelievably busy summer for us, with both our indoor hospital and outdoor convalescence pool more crowded than they have ever been before. Hopefully Artemis and Hemera are just the vanguard of what will be a steady stream of releases over the next few weeks."

– Nigel Croasdale, Sanctury manager

The rescue team have calculated they've travelled 1,147 miles on rescue missions since March 2015 with one rescue mission of 141 miles.


Norfolk kite surfer death to be investigated by sport's governing body

The rescue attempt at Hunstanton. Credit: Archant

An investigation has been launched into the death of a popular kite surfer who got into difficulty off a crowded beach in Norfolk.

Sean Sands, who was in his 40s, died after the incident off Hunstanton at about 3.30pm on Saturday.

The British Kitesports Association - the sport's national governing body - has confirmed it will investigate what happened.

Mr Sands was a member of Hunstanton Sailing Club, which said he lost control of his kite and was unable to trigger his emergency quick release.

Work to repair sea defences begins in West Norfolk

Maintenance work begins on flood defences for West Norfolk beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Maintenance work has begun between Snettisham and Hunstanton to repair any damage to flood defences in the area.

Environment Agency contractors will take three weeks to bring in sand and shingle to reinforce the flood defences.

The work will cost around £180,000.

Dumper trucks will move sand and shingle from Snettisham Scalp, where it is naturally deposited by the sea over the winter, back to areas of the shingle ridge and beach that have lost the material.


Norfolk: Woman survives 60 foot fall from Hunstanton cliff

Hunstanton cliffs. Credit: Jason Brown

A woman has survived a 60 foot fall from a cliff on the North Norfolk Coast.

The incident happened just before midnight on Thursday at Cliff Parade in Hunstanton.

The woman was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with an injury to her leg and potential internal injuries.

Her condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Man survives after falling 40ft off a cliff in Hunstanton

A man has survived after falling 40ft off a cliff on the north Norfolk Coast.

Location of fall in Old Hunstanton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 49-year-old from King's Lynn managed to call 999 after slipping from a footpath off Golf Course Road in Old Hunstanton at about midnight last night.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn where he was treated for a suspected broken arm, cut and bruises.

CCTV images released following Hunstanton fruit machines theft

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Norfolk Police
Do you recognise this man? Credit: Norfolk Police

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of cash from a number of fruit machines in Hunstanton in Norfolk.

The incident took place at Manor Park Holiday Village in Manor Road in the town at around 3pm on Friday the 26 September 2014.

Two men entered the amusements and one stole coins from three fruit machines while the other kept watch.

Officers have released a CCTV image of two males they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Ryan Kerr at Hunstanton Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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