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Crew Paged to Search for Windsurf Board

Happisburgh Volunteers were called into action tonight, 14 July at 7:25pm, to reports of a ‘query’ orange and green kite or wind surf board floating off Ostend ramp.

The UK Coastguard received reports of an object floating in the sea off Ostend and requested the launch of Happisburgh Atlantic Lifeboat through our Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Flemming, who set the crew pagers off.

Howard Bell was soon on the water with Christian Larter on helm, Martin Gibbs, Sean Thurston and John Holsworth as crew and proceeded to Ostend ramp where they commenced their search. They worked down the coast towards Happisburgh then proceeded back towards Ostend, extending their search seaward.  Approximately 600 metres off Ostend ramp the crew found a lime green fishing box with orange netting.  This was reported to Humber Coastguard.  The crew were then requested to carry on searching South as far as Reef Three at Sea Palling.  After two and a half hours of searching the crew had completed their search pattern, as requested by Humber Coastguard, but had found nothing else so were stood down.  They returned to Station and were ready for service by 9.50pm.

Helm, Christian Larter, said ‘The boat and crew had worked well together.  Bacton coastguard had provided valuable information from their vantage points at Ostend ramp and the clifftop at the old Coastwatch, Happisburgh’.

Community Safety Team Share Lifesaving Techniques at the Royal Norfolk Show

RNLI volunteers were at the Royal Norfolk Show. The Community Safety Team and RNLI Education spent 2 days in the Broads Village, working with the Broads Authority to inform visitors on how to stay safe near water and help others who find themselves in trouble in the water.

The volunteers were talking to children, parents and grandparents, informing them how to stay safe near water; sadly around 150 people drown each year and 50% of these had no intention to go into water when they left home. So the first message they got over was FLOAT FOR YOUR LIFE – if you fall into water, fight your instinct to swim until the cold water shock passes, float to live.

If you fall unexpectedly into water:

  1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
  2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  3. If you need to, gently move them around to help you float
  4. Float until you can control your breathing
  5. Only then call for help or swim to safety

The practical part was education on using Throw Line:

Dave is in trouble! He’s fallen in the water, he doesn’t have a life jacket or buoyancy aid on and he’s getting cold, can you help? Grab a throw line and see if you can HELP.

With the help of RNLI volunteers and Broads Rangers they were shown what a throw bag is and how to get help by phoning 999 and asking for the Coastguard then how to use the throw bag and have a go.

Throw Bags are at all Broads Authority moorings on the broads; a lot of people had seen them but did’t know what they were for or how to use them.  After their talk and practice throwing they were happy to use them and help save a life.

People were very interested in the throw line, not only people who own boats but those who live by or near water; these people were given information on how to obtain throw lines. This puts more aids near water to save lives.

Robert Mann, Community Safety Officer at Happisburgh RNLI, said “It was a very worthwhile 2 days; the number of people of all ages who were aware of our FLOAT campaign was very pleasing and shows the message is getting out and hopefully the number of drownings will fall.  The large number of people trying the throw lines who would be happy to use them to help people in trouble, will also help save lives”.

Jim Page, Education Officer at Cromer RNLI said “Being able to interact with so may people was the best way to get our message over, especially with the hot weather on its way and the likelihood of more people being near the water”.

At the end of the second day the RNLI Vounteers took part in the Sunset Parade in the main ring.

Lifeboat called out to reports of dinghy floating off coast

Happisburgh lifeboat was launched today after reports that a dinghy was floating off the north Norfolk coast.

Lifeboat spokesman Philip Smith said: “We were called at 12.21pm on Good Friday to a dinghy floating about 400m off Happisburgh Lighthouse.

“The boat was launched with a crew of three. A search was carried out but the dinghy was not found, and we were stood down.”

 

Challenge Yourself To Become a Lifeguard This Year

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is in search of new recruits to spend a season working on some of the region’s most popular beaches,  as applications open for 2019’s beach lifeguards.

 
At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, the charity’s lifeguards responded to over 15,500 incidents and helped over 24,000 people in 2017. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay* and the chance to develop valuable skills for a future career.

Sally Houseago, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, says: ‘Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – you get to call the beach your office for a start! But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

‘This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it’s also a job that is truly life changing. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role.’

And it’s not just on the beach where lifeguarding skills can be put into practice. The training provided by the charity can be an ideal first step towards many career paths, including continuing to work for the RNLI or for a career in the emergency services.

Former RNLI lifeguard Sandi Jose is now a trained paramedic, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the role. She says: ‘If you enjoy working in a team, enjoy a challenging and changing environment, have the ability to think quickly under pressure, like helping others, and have the fitness to do the role then don’t think twice…it’s a job you will love.’

Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of an amazing lifesaving team at: rnli.org/BeALifeguard

Station Mechanic & DLA Represents RNLI at Cenotaph

RNLI volunteer from Happisburgh Lifeboat Station join London’s Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service

A lifesaving volunteer from Happisburgh represent the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the annual Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service this weekend, marking one hundred years since the end of the First World War, this is the second time that a volunteer from Happisburgh has been chosen since the charity has been officially represented in 2016.

Bob Mann the stations Mechanic and Deputy Launching Authority, joined five other Volunteer’s from around the UK and Ireland. Bob said “how proud he was to take part on this memorable occasion”.

Back at the station volunteers joined the village at Happisburgh Church for their Remembrance Sunday Service yesterday afternoon

Crew Tasked to Dog Walker at Walcott

UK Coastguard alerted the volunteers of Happisburgh Lifeboat Station at 11:05 11th November, who had just returned to station from their Sunday morning training exercises, to reports of a woman who had entered the water at Walcott sea front to retrieve her dog.

The station’s D Class lifeboat “Russell Pickering”, with Christian Larter at the helm and Cubitt Siely, David Loveday and Sean Thurston as crew. They proceeded to Walcott at full speed; on arrival on scene they were informed that the woman was ashore and did not require any service from the RNLI. The coastguard stood them down and they returned to station and made the lifeboat ready for service.

It’s important to keep yourself safe when you walk dogs. Please remember:

  • Keep dogs on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your dog goes into the water or get stuck in mud, don’t go after your dog. Move to a place where your dog can get to safely and call them – they’ll probably get out by themselves.
  • If you’re worried about the situation avoid entering the water yourself, instead call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

Crew Launch to Fishing Boat without Power

Happisburgh volunteers had an early start on Sunday the 21st October when the pagers went off at 8am. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the stations Atlantic lifeboat to go to the aid of a small fishing boat 3 miles south east of the station which had lost power.

Four minutes later the “Howard bell” was on the water with Charlotte Siely at the helm and Tim Grimmer, Cubit Siely and Sean Thurston as crew.

On arrival at the casualty one crew member was placed onboard the fishing boat, which was then taken in tow and returned to Sea Palling.

Then were no casualty’s and the whole operation went without any problems.

“Howard Bell” then returned to station before carrying on to Cromer to carry out an exercise with Cromer Lifeboat,

 

Crew Launch to evacuate Casualty at Ostend

Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers put the Casualty Care training to good use this afternoon Sunday 2nd September.

At 2:20pm the pagers went off; Humber Coastguard had requested our help to evacuate an 89 year old lady who had fallen on the beach at Ostend, north of the station.

D-Class,  D – 813  “Russell Pickering” was the first to be launched to her aid with Tim Grimmer as helm and Martin Gibbs as crew, at 2:25pm followed by the Atlantic 85,      B – 899  “Howard Bell” with Charlotte Siely at the helm and Jake Munday and Mark Defraine as crew. The D-class arrived on scene and beached on the Ostend ramp before attending the patient with the Atlantic dropping its crew ashore to help. The crew joined the Paramedic on scene then Bacton Coastguard and Mundesley fire service arrived. After the patient was assessed and packaged into a lifeboats basket stretcher she was moved off the beach into a house to await the arrival of an ambulance to take her to Hospital. Both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station at 4:20pm.

Once the lifeboats had returned to station the crew were called back into action this time to Cart Gap ramp where a lady in her fifty’s had taken a fall over a dog and injured her knee on the ramp. Their casualty care was put into practice again; the patient being assessed and unable to move her leg, was given oxygen before being put in the station’s second basket stretcher and moved into the station for care to carry on while awaiting the arrival of the Ambulance to transport to hospital.

The crews are always pleased to put their skills into practice when they are called upon. After all this the volunteers still had both boats to sort, refuel and make ready for service finally finishing at 6:45pm.

The RNLI would like people old or young to take care when on the beach or getting to or from the beach as many access routes are uneven and may cause you to lose balance and fall.

Main Article Image – B Class Atlantic 85 Howard Bell crew boarding to launch for Ostend

Inset Article Image – D-Class Russell Pickering launching for Ostend

 

Crew Paged Twice in 24 Hours

Happisburgh volunteers were called into action on the 22nd August at 2:30pm along with Mundesley Lifeboat to reports of an inflatable drifting out to sea off Bacton.

The station Atlantic Howard Bell was lunched with Tim Grimmer at the helm, Sean Thurston and Mark Defraine as crew. On arrival off Bacton they joined Mundesley Lifeboat who had the three occupants on board safe and well.

Mundesley lifeboat took them ashore and Atlantic Lifeboat Howard Bell returned to station.

Jon Oxenham, Community Safety Product Manager for the RNLI advises, ‘Inflatables aren’t designed for the beach, and it is easy to find yourself quickly swept out to sea.

‘If you do choose to use them, we would like to remind people that they’re used near the shore and only between the red and yellow flags on lifeguarded beaches and to ensure their children are safely supervised. Never take inflatables out in big waves, and never use them when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea.

‘Whenever you take to the sea we recommended that you and your children wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This will provide the necessary flotation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar.’

Happisburgh volunteers were again called into action for the second time in 24 hours on 23rd August at 11:10am to the aid of a small catamaran which had lost its mast. When RNLI Happisburgh’s Tim Grimmer and Martin Gibbs arrived on station the Catamaran was almost on the beach so they geared up to help recover the catamaran ashore where all returned safely.

The Lifeboat was not launched during this incident.

Photo credit: Happisburgh Coastwatch

 

Highlights of our Most Successful Lifeboat Day & Jetski Rescue

Early in the morning on Sunday 5th August 2018, the Station members and friends went into action to prepare for the annual Fete and Lifeboat Day, everyone worked hard to get everything set up in the hot morning sun. But come midday everything was ready and the fete was opened and hundreds of people swarmed onto the site, enjoying the BBQ, beer tent, stalls, cakes, teas, games, raffle, tombola and RNLI Shop and lots more. Music was provided by “The Shambolics”.

There was an opportunity to meet the Lifeboat crew, the Community Safety Team, the RNLI’s Face to Face team, the Coastguards and the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs and then watch displays by Happisburgh’s lifeboats – the Atlantic 85 ‘Howard Bell’ and the D Class, ‘Russell Pickering’ and Cromer’s Tamar, ‘Lester’ and the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs.

The weather for this special day couldn’t have been better and there was a large crowd assembled on the slipway to watch the displays.  The Newfoundland Rescue Dogs are now a firm favourite with the spectators.

As the Lifeboats were returning to Station, after the exercise, the crew were made aware of a Jet Skier who had fallen from his craft just South of the Station.  The Station’s D Class, ‘Russell Pickering’ was re-launched at 4pm with Christian Larter as helm, Jake Munday, Martin Gibbs, Sean Thurston and Sean Furguson as crew. It arrived on scene within minutes to find a 43 yr old male who had made his own way to shore, suffering chest and ankle pain.  He was assessed by the crew, who contacted the Coastguard for assistance.  The casualty was moved to Cart Gap Lifeboat Station where he was monitored until the arrival of the Ambulance, which transported him to A & E.  This was the first call-out for Happisburgh Station this year.

The Fete raised £8258.62 on the day to enable the Station to carry on its work of saving lives at sea.  We would like to thank everyone who attended and gave generously and all the volunteers who helped make the day such a success. We had special presentations from the Trafalgar Branch of the Oddfellows and from Eric John Goleby in memory of his wife Sally Ann.

The team would also like to thank  the sponsors for the beer who were Chris Batt, Rob Ferguson, Bob Mann,  A J electrics and MKM building Merchants whilst also giving thanks to Jules, Kate, and Bill for all their hard work on the day alongside all of our excellent volunteers.