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.
If 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.