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Reunited with the volunteers that saved their lives 6 years ago

Reunited with the volunteers that saved their lives 6 years ago

Published by KLFM
6:00am 21st December 2019.

How a day out at the beach nearly had a tragic ending.

Back in 2013 twins Daisy and Molly Cole from Wisbech and their sister Zoe and her boyfriend Nickie were exploring the shipwreck on Scolt Head Island. 

They got cut off by the tide and ended up clinging onto a buoy just to keep their heads above the water. 

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The area around Scolt Head Island consists of mudflats and sandbanks which dry out extensively at low tide. 

Other than the narrow channel flowing through Brancaster Harbour, the whole area can appear to be one unbroken expanse of sand. 

As the tide flows back in however, the landscape can change dramatically. 

When the four looked up, what they see is water, not sand and the sandbank they’re standing is disappearing rapidly on the incoming spring tide.

The water was around 20ft deep and so they managed to cling onto a buoy. 

The reunion

Hunstanton RNLI's hovercraft arrived on the scene just as Molly and Zoe were swept away by the fast moving current. In a dramatic rescue, all three were pulled from the water by the hovercraft's four-strong crew.

Six years on, the twins are now 18. Molly is studying History at City, University of London, while Daisy is a teaching assistant at a primary school in west Norfolk. 

Yesterday (20th Dec) Molly and Daisy returned to the Hunstanton Lifeboat Station and were reunited with some of the crew and to lend their support for the RNLI's new fundraising campaign, The Perfect Storm.

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Molly said: 

"I do think back to that day - probably more at times like birthdays and Christmas. 

"Without them [RNLI] we would have died out there if there was no-one coming we wouldn't have made it.

"Something like that really makes you value your life. 

"We were lucky the RNLI got there in time.

The RNLI's Perfect Storm appeal has been launched in response to some major challenges the charity is facing. In 2018, the RNLI's financial resources dropped by £28.6M, while its crews are busier than ever.

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Mike Darby, part of the Hunstanton RNLI hovercraft crew which rescued the girls, said:

'We're all so pleased the girls are coming back. It was such an emotional rescue - it'll be great to see them and find out what they're doing now.

"It's great that they want to support Perfect Storm too. We couldn't do what we do without the support of the public. The RNLI has experienced a shortfall in funds, but we are rescuing more people than ever before. So we're calling on people to make a donation this Christmas to ensure we can continue to save lives at sea."

Daisy added: 

"We're so happy to be invited back to the station and to meet the crew again. 

And we're really pleased to help support the Perfect Storm fundraising campaign. 

The lifeboat stations are so important and it's amazing that the crew are all volunteers."

Support the RNLI's Perfect Storm appeal this Christmas here.

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