Happisburgh lifeboat was launched today after reports that a dinghy was floating off the north Norfolk coast.
Lifeboat spokesman Philip Smith said: “We were called at 12.21pm on Good Friday to a dinghy floating about 400m off Happisburgh Lighthouse.
“The boat was launched with a crew of three. A search was carried out but the dinghy was not found, and we were stood down.”
RNLI volunteer from Happisburgh Lifeboat Station join London’s Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service
A lifesaving volunteer from Happisburgh represent the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the annual Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service this weekend, marking one hundred years since the end of the First World War, this is the second time that a volunteer from Happisburgh has been chosen since the charity has been officially represented in 2016.
Bob Mann the stations Mechanic and Deputy Launching Authority, joined five other Volunteer’s from around the UK and Ireland. Bob said “how proud he was to take part on this memorable occasion”.
Back at the station volunteers joined the village at Happisburgh Church for their Remembrance Sunday Service yesterday afternoon
UK Coastguard alerted the volunteers of Happisburgh Lifeboat Station at 11:05 11th November, who had just returned to station from their Sunday morning training exercises, to reports of a woman who had entered the water at Walcott sea front to retrieve her dog.
The station’s D Class lifeboat “Russell Pickering”, with Christian Larter at the helm and Cubitt Siely, David Loveday and Sean Thurston as crew. They proceeded to Walcott at full speed; on arrival on scene they were informed that the woman was ashore and did not require any service from the RNLI. The coastguard stood them down and they returned to station and made the lifeboat ready for service.
It’s important to keep yourself safe when you walk dogs. Please remember:
- Keep dogs on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
- If your dog goes into the water or get stuck in mud, don’t go after your dog. Move to a place where your dog can get to safely and call them – they’ll probably get out by themselves.
- If you’re worried about the situation avoid entering the water yourself, instead call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Happisburgh volunteers had an early start on Sunday the 21st October when the pagers went off at 8am. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the stations Atlantic lifeboat to go to the aid of a small fishing boat 3 miles south east of the station which had lost power.
Four minutes later the “Howard bell” was on the water with Charlotte Siely at the helm and Tim Grimmer, Cubit Siely and Sean Thurston as crew.
On arrival at the casualty one crew member was placed onboard the fishing boat, which was then taken in tow and returned to Sea Palling.
Then were no casualty’s and the whole operation went without any problems.
“Howard Bell” then returned to station before carrying on to Cromer to carry out an exercise with Cromer Lifeboat,
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
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