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Crew Launch to evacuate Casualty at Ostend

Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers put the Casualty Care training to good use this afternoon Sunday 2nd September.

At 2:20pm the pagers went off; Humber Coastguard had requested our help to evacuate an 89 year old lady who had fallen on the beach at Ostend, north of the station.

D-Class,  D – 813  “Russell Pickering” was the first to be launched to her aid with Tim Grimmer as helm and Martin Gibbs as crew, at 2:25pm followed by the Atlantic 85,      B – 899  “Howard Bell” with Charlotte Siely at the helm and Jake Munday and Mark Defraine as crew. The D-class arrived on scene and beached on the Ostend ramp before attending the patient with the Atlantic dropping its crew ashore to help. The crew joined the Paramedic on scene then Bacton Coastguard and Mundesley fire service arrived. After the patient was assessed and packaged into a lifeboats basket stretcher she was moved off the beach into a house to await the arrival of an ambulance to take her to Hospital. Both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station at 4:20pm.

Once the lifeboats had returned to station the crew were called back into action this time to Cart Gap ramp where a lady in her fifty’s had taken a fall over a dog and injured her knee on the ramp. Their casualty care was put into practice again; the patient being assessed and unable to move her leg, was given oxygen before being put in the station’s second basket stretcher and moved into the station for care to carry on while awaiting the arrival of the Ambulance to transport to hospital.

The crews are always pleased to put their skills into practice when they are called upon. After all this the volunteers still had both boats to sort, refuel and make ready for service finally finishing at 6:45pm.

The RNLI would like people old or young to take care when on the beach or getting to or from the beach as many access routes are uneven and may cause you to lose balance and fall.

Main Article Image – B Class Atlantic 85 Howard Bell crew boarding to launch for Ostend

Inset Article Image – D-Class Russell Pickering launching for Ostend


Crew Paged Twice in 24 Hours

Happisburgh volunteers were called into action on the 22nd August at 2:30pm along with Mundesley Lifeboat to reports of an inflatable drifting out to sea off Bacton.

The station Atlantic Howard Bell was lunched with Tim Grimmer at the helm, Sean Thurston and Mark Defraine as crew. On arrival off Bacton they joined Mundesley Lifeboat who had the three occupants on board safe and well.

Mundesley lifeboat took them ashore and Atlantic Lifeboat Howard Bell returned to station.

Jon Oxenham, Community Safety Product Manager for the RNLI advises, ‘Inflatables aren’t designed for the beach, and it is easy to find yourself quickly swept out to sea.

‘If you do choose to use them, we would like to remind people that they’re used near the shore and only between the red and yellow flags on lifeguarded beaches and to ensure their children are safely supervised. Never take inflatables out in big waves, and never use them when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea.

‘Whenever you take to the sea we recommended that you and your children wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This will provide the necessary flotation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar.’

Happisburgh volunteers were again called into action for the second time in 24 hours on 23rd August at 11:10am to the aid of a small catamaran which had lost its mast. When RNLI Happisburgh’s Tim Grimmer and Martin Gibbs arrived on station the Catamaran was almost on the beach so they geared up to help recover the catamaran ashore where all returned safely.

The Lifeboat was not launched during this incident.

Photo credit: Happisburgh Coastwatch


Highlights of our Most Successful Lifeboat Day & Jetski Rescue

Early in the morning on Sunday 5th August 2018, the Station members and friends went into action to prepare for the annual Fete and Lifeboat Day, everyone worked hard to get everything set up in the hot morning sun. But come midday everything was ready and the fete was opened and hundreds of people swarmed onto the site, enjoying the BBQ, beer tent, stalls, cakes, teas, games, raffle, tombola and RNLI Shop and lots more. Music was provided by “The Shambolics”.

There was an opportunity to meet the Lifeboat crew, the Community Safety Team, the RNLI’s Face to Face team, the Coastguards and the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs and then watch displays by Happisburgh’s lifeboats – the Atlantic 85 ‘Howard Bell’ and the D Class, ‘Russell Pickering’ and Cromer’s Tamar, ‘Lester’ and the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs.

The weather for this special day couldn’t have been better and there was a large crowd assembled on the slipway to watch the displays.  The Newfoundland Rescue Dogs are now a firm favourite with the spectators.

As the Lifeboats were returning to Station, after the exercise, the crew were made aware of a Jet Skier who had fallen from his craft just South of the Station.  The Station’s D Class, ‘Russell Pickering’ was re-launched at 4pm with Christian Larter as helm, Jake Munday, Martin Gibbs, Sean Thurston and Sean Furguson as crew. It arrived on scene within minutes to find a 43 yr old male who had made his own way to shore, suffering chest and ankle pain.  He was assessed by the crew, who contacted the Coastguard for assistance.  The casualty was moved to Cart Gap Lifeboat Station where he was monitored until the arrival of the Ambulance, which transported him to A & E.  This was the first call-out for Happisburgh Station this year.

The Fete raised £8258.62 on the day to enable the Station to carry on its work of saving lives at sea.  We would like to thank everyone who attended and gave generously and all the volunteers who helped make the day such a success. We had special presentations from the Trafalgar Branch of the Oddfellows and from Eric John Goleby in memory of his wife Sally Ann.

The team would also like to thank  the sponsors for the beer who were Chris Batt, Rob Ferguson, Bob Mann,  A J electrics and MKM building Merchants whilst also giving thanks to Jules, Kate, and Bill for all their hard work on the day alongside all of our excellent volunteers.

Lifesaving training given to staff at the Riverside retail complex

RNLI Happisburgh’s own Coastal Safety Officer Bob Mann joined fellow RNLI officers, Coastguard officials, Firemen and Police Broadsbeat at Riverside, Norwich on the Wensum river for a training exercise.

The lifesaving training was being given to staff at the Riverside retail complex, who swatted up on how to keep their customers safe if they ever fell into the water.

The training on June 19 started with a talk from RNLI Community Safety Partner Nick Ayers, who taught staff from the likes of Wetherspoons and the Hollywood Bowl, how to throw a bag of rope to a person in distress.

Mr Ayers said: “This is a pilot trial, happening here and in Somerset. Our research shows that for every 100 businesses that receieve this training, it saves the equivalent of one life.

“The training is completely free of charge, and participants are given a throw bag for free at the end of every session to keep under their bar.”

Ann Mitchell is the general manager of the Riverside complex. She said: “It’s so important for us to have this training because we are an entertainment park. If people have a drink too many they think it’s a good idea on a warm day to go for a swim, and they don’t realise the dangers of what’s in there.”

She added: “The training has been fantastic. It’s really simple and anyone can do it, and it could save someone’s life. It’s simple lessons like learning not to panic, and to check the area before kneeling down and trying to help.”

“We are delighted to be involved in this ongoing project which will train people in local businesses to know how to help in emergency situations.”

Be someone’s lifeline: Know how to use a throw bag! We’ve all seen them while walking along the coast or a river: throw bags and life rings. They may seem like simple pieces of public rescue equipment, but for someone who has fallen in the water they are a lifeline. So would you know how to use one? Find out more here

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Crew launch to rescue Spaniel Rosie

Happisburgh Volunteers were call into action at 12:05 pm an eight year old Spaniel was reported going into the sea  and was subsequently taken out to sea.  The dog’s owner, Rachel Grey, called for help and Happisburgh’s D Class ‘Russell Pickering’ was launched with Jake Munday at the helm and Martin Gibbs as crew; they picked up Rosie, the spaniel, 500 metres off the beach.  She was returned to the beach to be reunited with owner, Rachel.

Lifeboat ‘Russell Pickering’ was re-housed and made ready for service.

We would like dog owners whose dogs get swept out to sea to call the Coastguard and ask for the Lifeboat; we are happy to save a dog and rather then having to search for a missing owner.


Crew launch to yacht in difficulty

UK Coastguard received a mobile phone call from a 8 meter yacht 5 miles off the coast off Happisburgh, taking in water and with no power. Happisburgh volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8:50pm and the the Station’s Atlantic Lifeboat, Howard Bell, was on her way at 9pm with Tim Grimmer on the helm and Charlotte Siely, Martin Gibbs and Sam Gillard as crew.

As the yacht had no working radio, due to no power, the location was hard to find but after putting up a white flair the crew located the yacht with one person on board,

Once alongside Martin Gibbs was transferred to the yacht with a salvage pump, once the pump was set up Martin attached the tow to the yacht.  Howard Bell then took the yacht in tow towards Yarmouth harbour.

When the crew entered the ‘Yarmouth Roads’ they were joined by Gorleston Lifeboat who took over the tow to take the yacht into the harbour.

Happisburgh Lifeboat then returned to Happisburgh arriving at midnight to be refuelled and made ready for service.

Tim Grimmer commented “the crew had to work together and this went like clockwork, each member had a job to do and the team worked well together”.

Tim – at the helm, Charlotte – radio and navigation, Martin – on the casualty, Sam – doing the tow on the Lifeboat.