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Happisburgh Lifeboat Continued Search for Missing Person

Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers were called into action to search for a missing person for the second day running. The pagers sounded at 1pm today 20th February 2020. The crew assembled within ten minutes and, after a briefing from HM Coastguard and Police, Howard Bell was launched at 1:20pm with Tim Grimmer at the helm and Sean Thurston, David Loveday and Chris Risby as crew and started the search off Walcott. They did a shore line search down to Waxham then headed out to sea and returned to Walcott and then repeated this again. The sea was rough at times with heavy squalls. Howard Bell returned to Station at 3:20pm after finding nothing and being stood down. Howard Bell was rehoused and made ready for service.

The search is carrying on with Police, HM Coastguard search teams and Lowland search teams. Happisburgh volunteers are on stand-by if needed again.

The RNLI is facing a Perfect Storm: our volunteers are busier than ever; providing a world class rescue service but people are still drowning, however our income is down so we need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital. Fund raising like this is essential in order to enable us to carry on with this work.

Visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.

Happisburgh Lifeboat Launch for Missing Person

Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat was called into action in support of HM Coastguard and Police

Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers were called into action to search for a missing person. The pagers sounded at 1:18pm today 19th February 2020. The crew assembled within ten minutes and, after a briefing from HM Coastguard and Police, Howard Bell was launched at 1:37pm with Tim Grimmer at the helm and Sean Thurston, Dave Loveday and Chris Risby as crew and started the search off Walcott. They did a shore line search down to Waxham then headed out to sea and returned to Walcott and then repeated this again.  The sea was slight and the visibility was good. 

Howard Bell returned to Station at 4pm in order to change crew and refuel before relaunching at 5pm with Jake Munday at helm, Cubitt Siely and Charlotte Siely as crew. They continued with the search for another hour until they lost visibility.  On both occasions nothing was found.  At 6pm Howard Bell returned to Station and was rehoused and made ready for service.

The search is carrying on with Police, HM Coastguard search teams and HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Hull. Happisburgh volunteers are on stand by if needed again.

The RNLI is facing a Perfect Storm: our volunteers are busier than ever; providing a world class rescue service but people are still drowning, however our income is down so we need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital. Fund raising like this is essential in order to enable us to carry on with this work.

Visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.

Big C Cancer Charity Fundraiser

RNLI Happisburgh is proud to invite you to our Big C fundraising event on the 18th of January from 10am to 3pm. Like all members of our community we’ve been effected by colleagues diagnosed with cancer and we’d like to support those who support us.

Jenna’s Story from the Big C

In 1980, two young men from Norfolk found themselves with cancer and having to travel to London or Cambridge for treatment, often finding this journey harder than the treatment itself. They vowed the people of Norfolk & Waveney would have access to the best treatment and support in their local areas.

Nearly forty years on and this is being realised more than ever; with over £32million being raised since “The Big C Appeal” began in 1980. Surgical and diagnostic equipment at Norfolk’s hospitals means increasing numbers of people can be treated locally and new equipment in hospitals has meant faster or less invasive treatment for a range of cancers. Research across the Norwich Research Park has found some incredible discoveries into cancer and vital support for those affected by cancer is reaching out to those who need it, closer to them, in the local community.

Today Big C funds four drop in support and information centres across Norfolk and Waveney that are used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer. The centres in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Norwich provide valuable information about diagnosis, treatments, side effects and recovery. Trained staff are also there to provide emotional help, support and complementary therapies.

 

Donation From Barrington Farm Residents

Barrington Farm is a unique independent day services centre for adults with learning difficulties, based at Walcott, which has come to the aid of Happisburgh RNLI volunteers by raising £440.05 for the station to save lives at sea.

Amanda Colman has been running a drama group at Barrington Farm for about two years.  Amanda said ‘we became interested in the history of the coastal area around Walcott and the idea of making a show about smugglers, lifeboat crews and the beauty and joy of our Norfolk Coast was created.  The cast were particularly interested in learning about lifeboat crews and their daring rescues.
We believe that theatre should be free and accessible to all and decided that we would “pass the hat” around at the end of the show and donate the proceeds to the RNLI.  The show was a success and we, the cast and staff of Barrington Farm were amazed at the incredible response we received .
Creating our recent show Beside the Sea has given the cast a voice; we were busy in the art barn leading up to the production making the set and costumes plus rehearsing two days per week.  The performers were inspired to be raising money for the RNLI and are quite rightly very, very proud of their achievement.
We naturally suffered from an after show slump (which is very common!) before deciding to cobble together another show in time for Christmas which we are presently working on – it’s called A Partridge on a Settee and will be on 18/12/19’.

Volunteers from Happisburgh went along to meet the cast and hear their stories, the cast then presented the cheque.

The RNLI is facing a Perfect Storm: our volunteers are busier than ever; providing a world class rescue service but people are still drowning, however our income is down so we need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital. Fund raising like this is essential in order to enable us to carry on with this work.

Visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.

Donation From Barrington Farm Residents

Barrington Farm is a unique independent day services centre for adults with learning difficulties, based at Walcott, which has come to the aid of Happisburgh RNLI volunteers by raising £440.05 for the station to save lives at sea.

Amanda Colman has been running a drama group at Barrington Farm for about two years.  Amanda said ‘we became interested in the history of the coastal area around Walcott and the idea of making a show about smugglers, lifeboat crews and the beauty and joy of our Norfolk Coast was created.  The cast were particularly interested in learning about lifeboat crews and their daring rescues.
We believe that theatre should be free and accessible to all and decided that we would “pass the hat” around at the end of the show and donate the proceeds to the RNLI.  The show was a success and we, the cast and staff of Barrington Farm were amazed at the incredible response we received .
Creating our recent show Beside the Sea has given the cast a voice; we were busy in the art barn leading up to the production making the set and costumes plus rehearsing two days per week.  The performers were inspired to be raising money for the RNLI and are quite rightly very, very proud of their achievement.
We naturally suffered from an after show slump (which is very common!) before deciding to cobble together another show in time for Christmas which we are presently working on – it’s called A Partridge on a Settee and will be on 18/12/19’.

Volunteers from Happisburgh went along to meet the cast and hear their stories, the cast then presented a cheque to the RNLI.

Crew paged twice in 24 hours to assist with search for Missing Girl

Happisburgh vouneteers were called into acton again tonight 13th October at 6:35pm to help with search for a Girl missing, HM Coastguard paged the crew at 6:35pm to help with the search,

By 6:45pm Russell Pickering was on the water with Tim Grimmer on helm and Martin Gibbs as crew tasked to do a coast line search up the coast towards Walcott.

Howard Bell was being made ready to go to sea, HM Coastguard contacted Russell Pickering and informed them that the Girl had been found safe, they then returned to station recoved and made ready for service by 7:15pm

Happisburgh volunteers were previously called into acton last night 12th October at 9pm to help with a search for a girl missing around the Walcott area. HM Coastguard paged the crew at 9pm to help with the search; Mundesley Lifeboat, the Police and Bacton Coastguard were already searching when we were called

By 9:10pm Howard Bell was on the water with Tim Grimmer on helm and Martin Gibbs and Chirs Risby as crew, tasked to do a coast line search up the towards Walcott. HM Coastguard then tasked Russell Pickering with Jake Munday on helm and Sean Thurston as crew, to recover two Police officers who had been searching the beach towards Happisburgh and found themselves cut off by the tide.

Howard Bell was soon informed that the girl had been found cold and wet and she had walked off the beach. Russell Pickering soon arrived where the police officers were and worked their way through the old revetments to the beach, picked up the officers and tranfered them to Howard Bell to be taken to Walcott ramp.  They were then transferred back to Russell Pickering to be put ashore.

Both boats returned to Station and were rehoused and made ready for service by 10:30pm

Busy 24 hours with five taskings from HM Coastguard

Happisburgh Lifeboat volunteers had a busy twenty-four hours with five taskings from HM Coastguard

It started at 4.10pm on Friday 30th August when the pagers alerted the crew to a 40 ft Sunseeker cruiser with engine problems, taking on water off Waxham. She was on passage to Lowerstoft with 4 persons on board. The station’s Atlantic Howard Bell was launched with Sean Thurston at the helm and Martin Gibbs, Will Baker and Chris Rigsby as crew. When they arrived alongside the cruiser the engine had been restarted but was still taking on water. Martin Gibbs went on board the cruiser with the salvage pump and the lifeboat escorted the crusier to Great Yarmouth before returning to Happisburgh, being back on service at 9pm.

This was the first time Sean Thurston had taken the helm of the Atlantic since passing out as helm ten days earlier. Sean said ‘it was great to put all the training into practice for real’.

Then on Saturday 31st August the pagers went off again, this time the D-Class Russell Pickering was launched to Walcott to reports of four persons in the sea ? inflatable. Russell Pickering was soon on its way with Tim Grimmer at the Helm and crew of Sean Thurston and Will Baker. On arrivel the crew found the four persons were ashore so beached the D-Class and carried out casualty assessments before handing over to the Ambulance service. An off duty policeman had used a board to go out to sea and get the persons ashore; the Coastguard asked the Lifeboat to do a coastline search for him to make sure he was OK; he was not located and was believed to have left the beach.

The Station’s Atlantic was also paged for this search but was stood down as the D-class had handed the casualties over to the ambulance service.

No sooner had the crews returned to the station when the pagers were set off again, this time to a small dinghy with engine problems off Walcott. Howard Bell was dispached to the scene with Sean Thurston on the helm and Tim Grimmer and Will Baker as crew. When alongside the dinghy they found the engine had been restarted.

The crew were then tasked by HM Coastguard to a person who had swam out to recover a ball from the sea. The crew soon located the person close to the beach and watched him reach the shore, then returned to the dinghy and escorted it safely back to shore. Howard Bell returned to staton and was then ready for service again.

Tim Grimmer, Senior Helm, said ‘people need to be aware that after the beach at Walcott has been rebuilt and the public are able to use it again, when there is an offshore wind there is nothing to reduce the force and effect of the wind so all inflatables should be tethered securely to the beach to prevent them being blown out to sea. The first callout to Walcott was four persons who had fallen out of an inflatable and if it had not been for the brave actions of the off duty Policeman it could have been a different story. Enjoy the beach but be safe and if any problems then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Crew launch D-Class to Drifting Inflatable

HM Coastguard contacted Paul Broomfield, Deputy Launching Authority at Happisburgh, at 4:05pm and informed him that an inflatable dinghy with two persons on board was drifting out to sea.  He alerted the volunteer crew and the station’s Russell Pickering D/Class lifeboat was soon on the water with Tim Grimmer on helm and Martin Gibbs as crew.  No sooner than they were on the water the Coastguard called them and informed them that a kayak had towed the dinghy to the beach; the crew were stood down and returned to the station.

Tim Grimmer said ‘people need to be careful when using any type of inflatable on the beach, the inflatable needs to be tethered securely to the shore, someone needs to be ashore with means of calling for help if anything happens then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, and don’t forget if your inflatable blows away, even if no one is onboard, please inform the Coastguard of where it is heading plus colour and size’.

Russell Pickering was refuelled and made ready for service again. We are greatful to the kayaker who towed the dinghy ashore.

Happisburgh Lifeboat Day & Fete a Success

We had a very successful and exciting day yesterday at Happisburgh where the weather was very kind to us.

The crew and helpers had an early start to get the site prepared for the 12noon start with a wide range of games, competitions, food and drink as well as educational activities.  From the start we had a very large number of visitors partaking in all the activities, enjoying the excellent weather and sitting enjoying the live band throughout the afternoon.

We had the RNLI Community Safety Team giving advice on how to stay safe near water and how to enjoy themselves.  Part of this was the attendance of RNLI Lifeguards giving similar advice.  The Ambulance Service First Responders were also teaching visitors how to do CPR as well as giving us First Aid cover.

The RAF Neatishead Museum brought their Jaguar simulator for people to climb inside and experience the feelings of being inside a jet fighter. HM Coastguards were also in attendance.  People had the opportunity to play on a wide variety of traditional fete games like Splat the Rat, Frog game, crockery smash, welly throwing and coconut shy as well as enjoying a hog roast and BBQ, bar and teas/coffees.

Visitors also had an opportunity to meet the crew, find out what it’s like to be part of a Lifeboat crew and how to become a volunteer with the RNLI.

At 3.30pm both of Happisburgh’s lifeboats were launched along with the support of RNLI Lifeguards to put on a display of how all three work together to save lives at sea.

The fete drew to an end at 4pm with us raising approximately £7,000 in the 4hrs, which shows a fantastic effort by all involved.  We would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and visitors for making this such a successful day and look forward to seeing you next year on Sunday 2nd August 2020.

 

Crew Paged to Search for Windsurf Board

Happisburgh Volunteers were called into action tonight, 14 July at 7:25pm, to reports of a ‘query’ orange and green kite or wind surf board floating off Ostend ramp.

The UK Coastguard received reports of an object floating in the sea off Ostend and requested the launch of Happisburgh Atlantic Lifeboat through our Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Flemming, who set the crew pagers off.

Howard Bell was soon on the water with Christian Larter on helm, Martin Gibbs, Sean Thurston and John Holsworth as crew and proceeded to Ostend ramp where they commenced their search. They worked down the coast towards Happisburgh then proceeded back towards Ostend, extending their search seaward.  Approximately 600 metres off Ostend ramp the crew found a lime green fishing box with orange netting.  This was reported to Humber Coastguard.  The crew were then requested to carry on searching South as far as Reef Three at Sea Palling.  After two and a half hours of searching the crew had completed their search pattern, as requested by Humber Coastguard, but had found nothing else so were stood down.  They returned to Station and were ready for service by 9.50pm.

Helm, Christian Larter, said ‘The boat and crew had worked well together.  Bacton coastguard had provided valuable information from their vantage points at Ostend ramp and the clifftop at the old Coastwatch, Happisburgh’.