Atlantic Launches to Cruiser with Engine Problems

Happisburgh Lifeboat Volunteers were called into action tonight Sunday 9th June at 7:20pm to go to the aid of a 31 ft cruiser that had broken down off the coast at Happisburgh Lighthouse.

Deputy Launching Atuthoriy Paul Broomfield was alerted by the UK Coastguard and in turn alerted the crew for a launch of the Station’s Atlantic Howard Bell with Jake Munday on the helm and Martin Gibbs, Sean Thurston and Chris Rigsby as crew.

Howard Bell was soon alongside a 31 ft cruiser which had lost power with four persons on board; Martin Gibbs and Sean Thurston were put on board the cruiser to try to get the cruiser underway.  They managed to get the engines started again but after 5 mins they stopped; the crew were unable to get them restarted. They then rigged for towing the cruiser to Great Yarmouth.

Once underway the Lifeboat was only making a speed of 6 knots which would have taken them till after 11pm to arrive at Great Yarmouth.  The crew informed  UK Coastguards and Caister Lifeboat was launched to come up the coast to meet them and then take over the tow to Great Yarmouth.  The transfer of tow took place off Horsey at 9:30pm.

 Once the tow was safely handed over to Caister Lifeboat the Howard Bell returned to Station and was rehoused and made ready for service by 10pm.

This was the first callout for Chris Rigsby. Jake Munday said “this was a good job and the crew all worked well together and it is always good to work with other Lifeboats”

Lifeboat Launches To Injured Walker

Happisburgh Lifeboat volunteers were called to the aid of an injured female on the beach at Happisburgh this morning 27th May 2019.

The Station’s deputy launching authority Bob Mann was alerted at 10am by the UK Coastguard, and informed  that a female was on the beach injured. The Coastguard team requested evacuation by Lifeboat due to the fact that she was below the old Coast Watch lookout with no vehicular access. The station volunteers were paged and the station’s D Class “Russell Pickering” with Tim Grimmer and Jake Munday as Helm and Martin Gibbs and Sean Thurston as crew were launched to her aid.

On arrival the crew worked with the Coastgaurd team who had walked along the beach; they were joined by the paramedic to package the patient before transporting her back to station by Lifeboat. Then on arrival back at station they floated “Russell Pickering” back on to her carrage and returned to the boathouse to tranferr the patient to the awaiting ambulance, before being transported to hospital for ongoing treatment.

The crew made “Russell Pickering” ready for service at 11:30am.

Tim Grimmer said  “it is aways good to work with other emergency services and help towards the care of the patient. If you are in trouble on the beach or sea then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard for help”.

Interested in becoming a crew member?
The charity welcomes people from all walks of life and no previous sea-going experience is needed to join the lifeboat crew. The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers. By volunteering with the RNLI people will gain some great experience, knowledge and skills.

Happisburgh RNLI are always looking for new volunteers to help run the lifesaving service.  If you are aged 17 or over, physically fit, work or live within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station and eager to join a lifesaving organisation then please come by and say hello.

Volunteers meet every Sunday morning at 9.00am and Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm for their weekly training exercises.
 

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station looked back at 2018

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station looked back at 2018 with the Awards and Dinner Dance held at Woodland Holiday Park Trimingham on Saturday 18th May 2019 .

Over seventy-five people attended the dinner dance.  After the meal the main purpose of the evening was to look back at 2018 before the band ‘The Invisible Band’ took to the stage. The evening raised £ 750, through the Raffle and Auction, for the RNLI who depends on these donations to carry on with our role of saving lives.

Cubitt Siely, Lifeboat Operations Manager, thanked all our volunteers and supporters for all their help and support that they had given throughout 2018 to provide a 24/7 search and rescue service. We rely on volunteers to help save lives. 

 Philip Smith, Chair of the Lifeboat Management Group, gave a roundup of 2018.

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action 7 times in 2018. The Community Safety Team has been doing throw bag training for bars and restaurants that are situated near water in Norwich and around the Broads.  This is part of the RNLI ‘Respect the Water’ campaign to reduce the number of deaths from drowning.  The callouts included everything from engine problems, demasted yachts, inflatables, medical evacuation and dogs in the sea.

Twelve volunteers sucessfully passed the RNLI Casualty Care course.  

Bob Mann attended the Cenotaph in London..

He thanked:

  • Paul Broomfield and Bob Mann for their work on the net trials being carried out for the RNLI.
  • Tim Grimmer for all his support and that of his employer to allow him to be available to answer his pager at all times.
  • Charlotte Siely, who has carried on with her work as helm and assessor so others are able to work through their training plan. She also continued with the station recruitment campaign. We are always looking for new volunteers to carry on our work of saving lives at sea.
  • David Loveday and Sean Thurston who passed out on their crew plan and are now moving onto a Mechanics Plan (for David) a Helm Plan on a D Class (for Sean).

 The RNLI is a charity and 2018 Lifeboat day and fete raised over £8,000.

 The Kelvin Baker Achievement Award is in memory of Kelvin Baker who was a leading member of the Lifeboat, well respected for his professionalism and boat handing skills as a helmsman. He was taken from us on 17th March 2008, 11 years ago.

Kelly you are not forgotten and the Kelvin Baker achievement award lives on in your memory promoting the commitment and professionalism we like to think he would have approved of.

The Station decided that this year’s Kelvin Baker Achievement award should go to Steve Poll.

Steve Poll is part of our shore crew, which enables our boat to be launched and recovered safely. Steve has work hard and is always ready to help in any way; he has worked through his Shore Crew plan and is now working through his Head Launcher plan. Steve has had a bad year health wise but has still been there to support the rest of the shore crew.

The Service Award for Memorable Service was not awarded for 2018 as No service warranted this award in 2018.

 Everyone enjoyed the night

 

 

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

 

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