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Four people rescued from yacht at Stiffkey

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats from Wells-next-the-Sea have been to help the crew of a 27 foot yacht which ran aground in choppy seas at Stiffkey.

It happened at just after 5pm on Wednesday.

The four people on board decided to swim for the shore, two of them managed to make the land but two were still in the water when the inshore lifeboat reached them.

The lifeboat took them on board and ferried them to the local coastguard on the beach. They were cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.

Lifeboat launches up despite dismal summer

Lifeboat crews in Suffolk were called out more than twice as many times this summer compared to last year, according to figures released today by the RNLI.

Among the calls were a dramatic rescue in Lowestoft and a callout under the roughest recorded weather conditions in Aldeburgh.

Lifeboat stations in Essex and Norfolk have been very busy too which a 16% rise in launches across the region.

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East Anglian lifeboats called out on more rescues

Lifeboat stations in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were called out more than 300 times over the summer, a 16% rise on summer 2011. The region bucked the national trend which saw a small fall in call-outs to the RNLI.

Call-outs from East Anglian RNLI stations in summer 2012

  • Hunstanton - 26 (up 225%)
  • Wells-Next-The-Sea - 9 (down 31%)
  • Sheringham - 2 (down 60%)
  • Cromer - 7 (up 40%)
  • Happisburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Great Yarmouth - 17 (up 42%)
  • Lowestoft - 16 (up 167%)
  • Southwold - 7 (down 22%)
  • Aldeburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Harwich - 43 (up 5%)
  • Walton & Frinton - 10 (down 9%)
  • Clacton-on-Sea - 20 (down 31%)
  • West Mersea - 27 (down 37%)
  • Burnham-on-Crouch - 21 (down 13%)
  • Southend-on-Sea - 71 (up 16%)

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