Lifeboat called to search for missing local fishing boat

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action today, 18th July 2014, to a small local fishing boat missing at sea off Happisburgh.

Senior Helmsman, Tim Grimmer, had seen the fishing boat, Sea Hawk, launch at approx 7am this morning into heavy seas. Tim was contacted by a relative of the fishermen when he had lost sight of the boat; Tim alerted Humber Coastguard and the Station pagers were set off at 9:50am.  At 9:58am Douglas Paley was launched into heavy seas with Tim Grimmer at the helm and a crew of Charlotte Siely and Sean Ferguson.

A search was started from the beach to ½ mile off from Cart Gap towards Sea Palling; the crew were south of Sea Palling and thinking of turning north, to carry out a second line of search, when they saw the boat off Waxham at 10:15am.  They went alongside to give aid.

Happisburgh Lifeboat then started to escort Sea Hawk back towards Cart Cap, when they were informed that, as the tide was in, it would not be possible to recover the fishing boat safely.  Therefore, the boat was escorted to Sea Palling, arriving at 10:40am to anchor in the lea of the reefs and to wait for low water to try and recover at Cart Gap; the Lifeboat made sure the boat was safe and that the crew had been given advice, before leaving at 11am to return to Station.

At 11:15am Douglas Paley was recovered by net, due to the sea conditions; the Lifeboat was back on service at 11:30am.

Tim Grimmer would like to remind all people who go to sea, to contact the Coastguard to inform them where they are going and when they are returning, also to let others know what their plans are, to wear Lifejacket and have VHF radios to call for help if needed.  The RNLI is there to save lives at sea but can only do this if people are able to call them to ask for assistance.

20140718_135331_newDespite the strong advice of the Lifeboat to leave it until after 4:30pm to attempt to return to Cart Gap, the crew of Sea Hawk decided to return at 2:30pm when the tide was still high with large breakers. As a result of this the crew were stood in chest high water with breakers crashing over their boat which caused it to capsize.  Luckily no one was injured; there could have been a much more serious outcome had the boat rolled onto the fishermen.

Station volunteers past and present celebrate 100 years of continuous service

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers, both past and present, gathered at the Cart Gap Station last night to celebrate the 100 years of continuous service in saving lives at sea,

past and present-1Over one hundred people gathered to enjoy a hog roast and drinks, looking at photos, history boards of the Station and reliving stories from the past, and seeing how things have changed over the years.

Malcom Vincent presents the Vellum to Cedric Cox-1The evening ended with the presentation of a Vellum, to mark this occasion; this was presented by Malcolm Vincent, a member of the RNLI Council, to Cedric Cox LOM who has been with Happisburgh RNLI for the past 47 years as crew and Lifeboat Operations Manager.

BsWARgCCMAIfOvKEarlier in the day the Station was open for the public to come and view the history of the Station from 1884 through to the present day, look over the Lifeboats and chat to today’s crews.  Resources from these presentations were made available to local groups and historians.

The Station Lifeboat Day and Fete will be held on Sunday 3rd August 2014, from 12noon to 4pm at Cart Gap so come and join the fun

Meet the crew on Saturday 12th July 2014

Happisburgh RNLI Station will have completed 100 years of continuous service this year; we are planning to mark this milestone with an Open Afternoon to enable the public to visit the Station, see our boats and meet today’s crews.

The Station will be open on Saturday 12th July 2014 at Cart Gap from 3pm to 5pm. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits available.

Then in the evening we will have the presentation by the RNLI of a Velum, to mark this event.  The presentation will only be open to past and present crew, who will be receiving invites soon, if any past crew do not receive an invite then please contact the Station on 01692 583269.

Please take this opportunity to meet your Lifeboat Crew and see the boats.

Volunteer Making History

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station is celebrating 100 years of continuous service this year and now one of our volunteers has made history by becoming the first female to hold the position of Helmsman of the station’s ‘D’ Class lifeboat.

Charlotte Siely, who was passed out by the Divisional Inspector on the 31st March, 2014, follows in her father’s footsteps as Cubitt is also a Helmsman. It is a family affair with not only her father but also her brother, Cubitt (Junior), on the crew.

???????????????Charlotte joined the crew in May 2010 just after her 17th birthday; “once she had been out on the boat she was hooked and now can’t see herself not doing this vital role”. In February 2011 she went to Poole to the RNLI college to do her crew course.
She remembers one of her first rescues, when called to a diver with the bends. The crew picked him up quickly and started treatment, then he was transferred to an RAF helicopter. Charlotte said “I was so impressed by the way everyone worked together to save a life”.
As Charlotte became more experienced she was placed on the helm training pathway and in 2013 went back to the RNLI college to do her Helm Course, then returned to the station at Happisburgh to finish her training. This included working with the other station’s helmsmen and completing assessments before going to sea with the Divisional Inspector.
Next for Charlotte is to get more experience in charge of the Station’s D-Class Lifeboat and then work towards becoming helm of the Stations Atlantic lifeboat. She also said “the role of helmsman was a position she respected and was proud to be able to take up this role”
Charlotte has always been seen as part of the crew not as a female, Charlotte said “I hoped that others would see what I’ve achieved and would think of joining the Lifeboat crew around the coast”.
In June 2011 Charlotte and Jake Munday completed a skydive to raise money for the RNLI to help pay back the cost of their training; both are now “D” Class helmsmen.
Charlotte is at the University of East Anglia Norwich where she is studying biological sciences.  Later next month she celebrates her 21st birthday.

Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew’s look back at 2013

Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew’s look back at 2013 with the awards and dinner dance held at Sutton Staithe Hotel on 22nd February 2014.

Just under a hundred people attended the dinner dance. After the meal the main purpose of the evening was to look back at 2013.

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers have had a busy 2013, with seven services for our D-Class, Spirit of Berkhamsted, and five services for our Atlantic, Douglas Paley. The services include swimmers, people on reefs, missing divers, broken down boats and missing dogs. The crew have also helped when the boats were not needed, for a man with head injuries who was treated on the beach until handover to the Air Ambulance.

The volunteers have also carried out training on Sundays and Tuesdays; all the crew and shore crew have to be assessed to show their progression through their training programmes on station, courses are also run at RNLI college in Poole.
Jake Munday went on his Helm Course in February and passed out as helmsman on the D Class in December.
Bob Mann and Sean Ferguson both went on a mechanics course, for the Atlantic 75, in June with Dave Cato completing his crew course also in June.

601477_10153174730315576_683012681_nIf services and training was not enough the crew also did fundraising for the RNLI throughout the year raising a total of £18,500, this includes: last year’s Dinner Dance £545, Lifeboat Fete £4,800. Christian, Dave, Will, Danny, Tim and Justin took on the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in Britain; they climbed a total height of 3,407 meters, hiked 25 miles up and down and Justin drove 1,338 miles. They raised a total of £2,250 through the station with more raised on line.

The Achievement award, is decided on by all the station and this year went to Jake Munday for all his work with the press to raise the Station profile with the Three Peak Challenge and the dog rescue at Sea Palling in December. He was also recognised for passing out as a D Class helmsman.

Cedric Cox, Peter Poll, Philip Smith, Rita PollPeter and Rita Poll, who have both supported the station with our shop and collection boxes since the mid 80’s, were presented with a cake, in the shape of a collection box and flowers for Rita.

Station members recognised by the RNLI

Two members of the station have been given awards by the RNLI, Cedric Cox who joined the Crew in 1967 and then became Lifeboat Operations Manager in 1992 has been awarded the RNLI’s Gold Badge and Dawn Phenix, who is the Station Administration Officer and head of Fundraising  has been awarded thanks on Vellum for all her work at the station. The Vellum recognises the great cause of life-saving from disaster at sea and desires to acknowledge with warm appreciation the voluntary commitment of the local lifeboat community and the dedication and courage of the coxswains, helmsmen, operations and crews who have never failed to maintain the high traditions of the lifeboat service.

RNLI Happisburgh give Sea Palling couple an early Christmas gift

Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station volunteers have given a Sea Palling couple an early Christmas gift.

Today, the 22nd December, both Happisburgh Lifeboats were at sea on a training exercise when they were informed of a dog that had been washed out to sea off Sea Palling. The owner had seen his Labrador dog go into the sea and taken away by the tide; he had searched with the help of two kayakers, however they were unable to locate the dog. They informed the coastguard, the owner then went home to inform his wife of the loss.

The Happisburgh lifeboats
The Happisburgh lifeboats

The Station’s “D Class”, Spirit of Berkhamsted, with Jake Munday at the helm and crew of Sean Ferguson and Will Baker, started to search the reefs with the Atlantic, Douglas Paley, with Matt Bales at the helm and crew of Tony Phenix and Dave Cato, searched the sea approximately ½ mile off the beach. After some time the Spirit of Berkhamsted had searched as far as Reef 3 when they heard a dog barking, so Will Baker was put on the reef to search for the dog.

He found the dog at the bottom of the reef on the seaward side; the dog appeared to be unhurt but cold, wet and frightened. Sean Ferguson then joined Will and together they coaxed and carried the dog across the reef to the awaiting Spirit of Berkhamsted. They then returned to Sea Palling beach where members of Sea Palling Lifeboat wrapped the dog in a blanket and took her back to their Lifeboat Station before contacting the owner.

We are sure this will make their Christmas much more enjoyable with the return of their pet. We also believe that she was a nursing mother so this rescue will make a great difference to her pups.

This rescue was the first for Jake Munday, as a helmsman, having only been “passed out” by the Divisional Inspector last Thursday 19th December; Jake joined the crew in August 2010, attending his Crew Course at Cowes, IOW in February 2011 then his Helmsman Course, also at Cowes, in February 2013.

Jake said “This was one lucky dog, just grateful to be in the right place at the right time!”

Crew reunited with Quila the dog

One week on and Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were reunited with Quila, the dog they rescued off Sea Palling on the 22nd December.

???????????????????????Today, 29th December 2013, Mike and Caroline Jenner brought Quila and her daughter Summi to meet the crew who had pulled Quila from the reefs off Sea Palling. Jake Munday, Will Baker and Sean Ferguson had been out on their morning exercise last Sunday when they were made aware of the lost dog, last seen drifting out to sea off Sea Palling.

Today was a much more pleasant meeting; Quila was pleased to meet up with the crew again. Mike and Caroline, the dog’s owners, were so grateful to the crew for their hard work.  After the meeting they all went back to the crew room where they were able to watch the whole rescue on video, with the crew giving them the full story.  Then Quila presented a donation to Will Baker on behalf of the RNLI.

Crew respond to teenager blown out to sea on a surfboard

Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action today, the 15th August, to a teenager drifting out to sea with the off shore winds.

The pagers alerted the crew at 3:50pm; the Spirit of Berkhamsted was en route to North Gap, Eccles at 4pm.  At the helm was Tim Grimmer and crew of Cubitt Siely and Charlotte Siely. The family of a teenager raised the alarm after he was being blown out to sea on a surfboard with the off shore wind.  However,  the teenager was able to make his own way ashore resulting in the crew being stood down by the coastguard at 4:05pm. The crew carried on to scene as they were then so close and arrived on scene 2mins later.  They went ashore and gave advice to the teenager and family on the dangers of off shore winds.

People should be aware of the effect of off shore winds when using any type of craft ie inflatables, surfboards or small boats, as the wind will take you out a lot quicker than you think; if using inflatables please tether them to the shore or a person and be safe.

This was the first call out for Cubitt Siely, who previously had to retire on reaching the age of fifty, but with the recent change in the retirement age, to 55, he has had a medical and returned to the crew list as a helmsman.

The Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 4:35pm.

Early morning call to Yacht with lost power

Early morning call into action for Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers.

Pager went off at 5.47am this morning 16th July; Humber Coastguards had call from Spirit Phil a 28 feet yacht which had lost all power off Walcott.

Douglas Paley the stations Atlantic was launched at 5.57am with Matt Bales at the helm and Charlotte Siely, Cubitt Siely Jnr as crew.

With the flat sea state and very good visibility the crew soon spotted the yacht and went alongside and checked on the two crew who were both well.

Cromer RNIL lifeboat had also been called to tow the yacht to Great Yarmouth, Happisburgh lifeboat helped with rigging of the tow before returning to station.

Cromer lifeboat then started the tow to Great Yarmouth.

Happisburgh Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 7.10am.

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