Exercising crew called to search for missing hand glider

Happisburgh RNLI volunteers were on their normal Tuesday evening training when the station received a call from the UK Coastguard at 8pm to task the stations Atlantic Howard Bell to search between Cart Gap to Horsey as they had reports of a powered Hang glider ditching into the sea around Winterton, Helm Christian Larter crew Charlotte Siely, Sam Gillard and David Loveday.

At 8:30pm the Coastguard task the Stations D Class Spirit of Berkhamsted Helm Tim Grimmer crew Martin Gibbs and Sean Thurston to join Howard Bell with the search, also involved Sea Palling and Hemsby Lifeboats  Coastguard Helicopter and three Coastguard times,

By 10:30pm the Spirit of Berkhamsted was forced to return to station due to the worsening sea conditions along with Sea Palling and Hemsby Lifeboats, Howard Bell and the Helicopter carried on until 11:30pm when the Coastguard stood everybody down, Howard Bell returned to station by midnight.

This was a genuine call out with good intent, any one seeing any at sea should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard