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