Happisburgh RNLI volunteers were called into action Friday 14th June 2019 at 5:30pm to an object in the water 400m off Town Gap, Happisburgh.
The UK Coastguard alerted Deputy Launching Authority, Paul Broomfield with the information; he in turn alerted the crew to launch the Station’s D Class lifeboat Russell Pickering to investigate the object. Within minutes the Lifeboat was on the water with Tim Grimmer as helm and Sean Thurston and Jon Newton as crew.
Russell Pickering was soon off town gap and, with Bacton Coastguard with the caller, soon established that the object was in fact the Wave Buoy which is operated by the Environment Agency.
This was a false alarm with good intent. Tim Grimmer said “if you are not sure of what you are seeing and worried then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard; the most important thing for the caller to do is to stay and watch the object until the Coastguard and Lifeboat arrive on scene so the object can be checked. This is what this caller did. If he had not stayed and observed the object then there would have had to be a full scale search.”
Russell Pickering returned to station and was ready for service at 6:10pm.
This was the first shout for Jon Newton.