Busy 24 Hours as Crew Paged to Jetski in Distress and Swamped Pleasure Boat

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action twice this afternoon, Wednesday 19th July. The pagers sounded at 3:15pm for reports of a broken down jet ski off the coast at Waxham, drifting out to sea.

Happisburgh Atlantic, Howard Bell, was on its way at 3:25pm with Tim Grimmer at the helm and Sam Gillard and Martin Gibbs as crew; the Coastguard tasked them to search from Sea Palling towards Winterton. The Jet ski had left Sea Palling an hour before the callout.

The sea conditions were rough when the Lifeboat arrived off Waxham; the Coastguard from Winterton could see the jet ski from the top of the sand dunes so they were able to guide the Lifeboat crew to the jet ski which was now one mile off the coast. Both persons on the jet ski were uninjured so their craft was towed back to Sea Palling arriving at 4:12pm, where, with the help of the RNLI Lifeguards the jet ski and crew were landed on the beach and looked after by the Lifeguards.

Howard Bell then returned to station at 4:28pm and had to do a net recovery due to the rough sea at Happisburgh. The Lifeboat was made ready for service again.

At 6:46pm the pagers sounded again and the crew arrived to find two people who had tried to launch a river boat at Happisburgh and the boat had been swamped. The Lifeboat was not launched but the fully equipped crew went to the aid of the two men and helped recover the boat from the sea. Crew members gave advice about sea safety before returning once again to station.