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.