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.

Crew called to reports of two missing divers

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action this afternoon 13th July, to reports of two missing divers 5 miles off the coast at Bacton Gas Site.

Pagers went off at 4:15pm and both Happisburgh Lifeboats were on route to scene by 4:25pm, with Tony Phenix at the helm of Douglas Paley and Charlotte Siely, Ross Scannell as crew, Christian Larter at the helm of Spirit of Berkhamsted and Jake Munday, Alex Willoughby as crew.

Reports of two missing divers had come from Anglian Diver who had drifted and in the foggy conditions were unable to locate two divers; the call was put into the Coastguard who also launched lifeboats from Cromer and Mundesley to carry out a search.

Before any of the lifeboats had reached the area, Anglian Diver had located the missing divers with the help of other dive boats close by; all the lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations.

Both Happisburgh Lifeboats were back on station and ready for service again at 5:30pm.

Crew sadly recover body

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action today 6/7/13 to reports of a body, face down, in the water off the sea front at Walcott.

The pagers went off at 10:40am and the Atlantic 75, “Douglas Paley” was launched and arrived on scene at 10:53am, with Tony Phenix on the helm and crew of Charlotte Siely and Jake Munday.  They found a body of a male, face down, in water by the groins.

The Police and Ambulance were already on scene and the male in his 40’s was declared dead.

Charlotte and Jake were put on the beach to help the Police with their investigation before removing the body from the water.  There was a 12 feet drop from the sea wall to the beach so the Lifeboat crew were asked to recover the body; Tony put the Atlantic onto the beach and the body was lifted on a stretcher then taken back to Happisburgh Station where the Police took full control and removed the body.

The Lifeboat was ready for service by 1 pm.

The crew extends our condolences to the family.

Crew save injured jet skier

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. volunteers leapt into action to help save the life of young man, who was found floating face down, after being hit on the head by jet-ski.

At 12:50pm today the 16th June 2013, volunteers at Happisburgh Lifeboat Station were just finishing their morning’s exercise, when they were alerted to the incident that had happed just off the station ramp. A young man  in his early 20’s had fallen off his jet-ski which then hit him on his head, he was spotted laying face down by his brother who pulled him ashore and called for help.

Tony Phenix (helm) and Sean Ferguson(crew) went straight onto the beach and gave first aid; John Fryer (shore crew) called the Ambulance service and with his information the Ambulance service sent the Air Ambulance and a Ambulance. Cubitt Siely (training Co-ordinator) also assisted.

The patient was given Oxygen and had his wound dressed, he was immobilised and put in the lifeboat stretcher to be moved off the beach.

All four of the lifeboat volunteers treated and monitored the patient, updating the Ambulance service of his condition.  The Air Ambulance arrived at 1pm and the crew took a full history from the RNLI volunteers and carried out their assessment before flying the patient to Accident & Emergency at N&N Hospital.

Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard, Police and land Ambulance also attended the scene.

Happisburgh RNLI were glad to put their training to good use even though the Lifeboat was not needed.

Crew respond to reports of four children in trouble on reef at Sea Palling.

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Volunteer Crew were called into action for the second time in 24hrs to Sea Palling.

At 11:45am today, 6th May 2013, the pagers went off to reports of four children in trouble on reef 4 at Sea Palling. Four minutes later the station’s D-Class lifeboat Spirit of Berkhamsted was en route to the reef with Tim Grimmer at the helm and crew of Christian Larter, and Jake Munday.

On arrival at reef 4, Sea Palling, the crew found there was approx 20 people, adults and children, on the reef.  The crew approached the reef and gave safety advice on the dangers of the reefs, the crew then liaised with the Coastguards on the beach, who were worried as the tide was coming in and asked the Lifeboat crew to return and ask the group to leave the reef for their own safety. Once all the people had left the reef the crew then returned to station. En route to station the crew saw another group of people on

reef 3 and again advised then to return to shore.  Spirit of Berkhamsted then returned to station and made ready for service at 1pm.

The reefs at Sea Palling are very inviting, as at low water people can walk and wade to them, but there are many dangers such as being cut off by the tide and slipping or falling into the deep caverns which lie under the top layer. The best advice is to stay off the reefs, and enjoy the sandy beaches.

RNLI Lifeguards will be operating at Sea Palling by the next bank holiday and for the rest of the summer.

Crew aid swimmer in trouble off Sea Palling

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Volunteer Crew were called into action to the aid of a swimmer in trouble off Sea Palling.


At 8pm tonight 5th May 2013, the pagers went off, to reports of a swimmer in trouble near reef 4 at Sea Palling. Six minutes later the station’s D-Class lifeboat Spirit of Berkhamsted was en route to the swimmer with Matt Bales at the helm and crew of Charlotte Siely, Jake Munday and Alex Willoughby.

On arrival at Sea Palling, the Sea Palling independent Lifeboat had recovered the casualty and taken him to their boathouse.  Happisburgh RNLI lifeboat beached and their first aider joined the Sea Palling crew in treating the swimmer for hypothermia and shock, until the arrival of the Ambulance Service.

Spirit of Berkhamsted then returned to station and made ready for service at 9pm

Happisburgh crew recognised for long service

Cedric Cox & Cubitt Seily,  both with 30 years service at Happisburgh Lifeboat were among those from Cromer, Happisburgh, Mundesley and Wells coastguards honoured for stalwart service.

The seven men had totted up 180 years of sterling service between them, and were honoured by a visit from presenting officer Peter Dymond, who travelled from HM Coastguard headquarters at Southampton for the presentations at The Cottage in Cromer.

The function room of the Louden Road pub was packed with friends, family and colleagues, who gave stirring rounds of applause to each of the men as they received their awards.

Before the presentation, Mr Dymond spoke of an ongoing overhaul of the service, which included the looming closure of the base at Great Yarmouth, with emergency calls set to be handled from Humberside, Dover or Southampton.

He said: “Nothing is going to affect the size, shape and role of the coastguard rescue service, but hopefully in the future we will see more full-time officers.

“We are going to increase from 42 to 74 the number of full-time sector managers. We’ve introduced lots of new kit and lots of new training.

“We are expecting a lot from all of you in terms of training, competence and responsibility.”

He added: “We are reducing the rescue co-ordination centres from 18 to nine, and having a maritime operations centre at Fareham. Any one of the co-ordination centres will be able to handle incidents anywhere in the UK.”

Before presenting the awards, Mr Dymond said it was a “great pleasure” to honour so many coastguards, who had shown such “loyalty and professionalism” to the service and to their communities.

Those getting awards were:

● Dave Stow, who is retiring after 40 years’ service at Cromer, where he rose to station officer

● Geoffrey “Joe” Hales, honoured for 35 years’ with Happisburgh coastguard rescue team

● Cedric Cox, 30 years with Happisburgh

● Cubitt Seily, 30 years with Happisburgh

● Roger Raisbury, 20 years with Wells

● Mike Watson, 15 years with Mundesley

● Dilip Patel, 10 years with Happisburgh.

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