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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.

 

Launch Tractor Bog Down Tests Training & Equipment

On Sunday 10th December 2017, when the stations Atlantic 85 had been launched on its normal Sunday morning exercise the launching tractor became stuck in soft sand do to the recent storms, this is known as a bog down.

The driver shut down and tractor and made his way safely to shore, the stations Atlantic 85 made its way to Gorleston to be moored at Gorleston Lifeboat station. Today 12th December 2017 with the help of a recovery tractor the station tractor was recovered from the sea this morning at low water, the station tractor was found to be dry inside and after routine check should be back on service by the end of the week, the launching trailer has not suffered any major damage from its 48hrs in the north sea.

Tractors become bogged down from time to time, the drivers are fully trained and as  shown from this is able to be successfully recover the tractor and trailer with both being able to be put back into service.

This shows the high stands of both equipment and training the RNLI have to enable its volunteers to carry out their role of saving life’s at sea.

The stations Atlanic 85 will return to station once tractor and trailer have been checked over the D Class Lifeboat has been on service and ready for action,

Relating article and media credits here

Joe the dog rescued from beach after falling down cliff

A dog which had fallen down a north Norfolk cliff was reunited with his relieved owner thanks to a rescue by local lifeboat and coastguard crews.

The spaniel, called Joe, and his owner Anne were walking near Manor Caravan Park when Joe landed on the beach, with no way to get back, on Saturday afternoon (November 25).

The Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard Rescue Team was called in to help.

Pete Revell, from the Coastguard, said: “The dog was stuck on the beach and the owner was frantically trying to get to the dog, but because there was no access in that area, she couldn’t get down to the beach.

“We were tasked with looking after her safety so that she didn’t attempt to go down the cliff, and we were also contemplating how to get the dog.”

Mr Revell said it was decided to involve the RNLI’s Happisburgh Lifeboat Station. The station’s D Class Russel Pickering launched at around 1.40pm – its first call out since it arrived at the station in September .

Mr Revell said: “One crew member went onto the beach, they got the dog on a leash and walked it through the surf to its owner.

“Anne had just moved to Happisburgh, and she was just going for the first of many dog walks.

“It was one she won’t forget.”

An RNLI spokesman said: “The lifeboat launched with Tim Grimmer at the helm and Charlotte Siely, Martin Gibbs and Sam Gillard and went to the beach at the Manor Caravan Park. The lifeboat was beached and Martin Gibbs was put ashore and was able to get the dog and walk it along the beach to be reunited with its owner. Anne.

“Martin was then picked up and Russell Pickering returned to station and back on service.”

Original article available here.

Supporters welcomed to naming and dedication of the station’s new Atlantic 85 and D Class Lifeboats.

Happisburgh Lifeboat volunteers welcomed 200 of our supporters to the station for the naming and dedication of the station’s new Atlantic 85 and D Class Lifeboats. Special guests were Terry Baker, representing the Howard family and Beryl Pickering, representing the Pickering family; these being the donors whose generosity has funded these two lifeboats.

At 2:00pm Philip Smith (chairman of Happisburgh’s Lifeboat Management Group welcomed everyone to the Naming Ceremony.  Terry Baker (nephew of Howard Bell)  handed over the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to the RNLI followed by Beryl Pickering (mother of Russell Pickering) who handed over the D Class lifeboat.  These were accepted into the Institution by David Squire (RNLI Council Member) before then being handed over to Cubitt Siely (Happisburgh’s Lifeboat Operations Manager) and into the care of Happisburgh Lifeboat Station.

Our Honorary Chaplain, the Reverend Catherine Dobson, led the service of dedication.

Terry Baker was invited to formally name the Atlantic 85 ‘Howard Bell’ in memory of Howard and Maureen (Poppy) Bell, followed by Beryl Pickering formally naming the   D Class ‘Russell Pickering’ in memory of her son Russell Pickering.

Philip Smith then gave a vote of thanks to all the supporters and a huge thank you to Terry and the family of Howard and Poppy Bell and to Beryl and her family for attending and supporting Happisburgh Lifeboat Station. Thanks were also given to Fakenham Town Band for their excellent music at the ceremony.

Then both Lifeboats were launched with the crew giving a demonstration of both boat’s capabilities.

Everyone joined together for light refreshments in the boathouse to conclude the afternoon.

B Class B-899 Howard Bell

Howard and Maureen (Poppy) Bell

Howard and poppy had a great heart for the RNLI. After Howard’s eldest sister tragically drowned at Earlham’s Beach, Dovercourt in the early 1950’s Poppy and Howard set about raising funds for the RNLI; during their lives they raised vast sums of money.

In the 1960s they started fundraising on Fred Olsen cruise ships to encourage fellow guests to help the RNLI to save lives at sea. They enjoyed many happy years cruising and raising funds. Poppy was always knitting gloves and hats, plus making gifts for folk to buy.

Howard helped the RNLI at Harwich and then became Liaison Officer for Cromer and areas further down the coast. He received an MBE for his services to the RNLI.

Howard passed away on 31st October 2006. Shortly afterwards Poppy moved back to her beloved Dovercourt, from Norfolk. Still the RNLI was in her heart, and she continued to help and support them. Poppy passed away on 1st June 2012.

Howard’s and Poppy’s ashes were scattered at sea from the Harwich lifeboat.

In their wills they wanted to support the RNLI and through their generosity others will be helped in the future.

D Class D-813 Russell Pickering

Russell Pickering

As a long-standing member of the RNLI, the Pickering family would like to dedicate this Lifeboat in loving memory of our son and brother, Russell Pickering, who died 2 years ago from cancer at the age of 50. We believe he would approve of our decision as he had a lifelong interest in sailing and outdoor pursuits.

 

 

 

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.

Crew launch to missing swimmer at 2am

Happisburgh R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Station volunteers were called into action at 2am this morning 2nd July, to reports of missing swimmer at the back of reef two Sea Palling.

The crew were quickly out of their beds and the Station’s Atlantic 85 Howard Bell was on her way to Sea Palling with Tim Grimmer at the helm and crew of Cubitt Siely and Sam Gillard. This was the first call out for the Howard Bell since arriving at the station in May this year; Tim Grimmer said “at first they were going to take the Station’s D class Lifeboat, but due to it being high tide with a strong ground swell it was not safe to launch”.

En route to Sea Palling they received an update that three people had gone swimming from a camp on the beach but only two had returned to the beach. Happisburgh Lifeboat carried out a shore line search from Happisburgh to reef one at Sea Palling. They were joined by Sea Palling Lifeboat but after some time the crew were informed by the Coastguard that the missing person had been found safe and well.

The crew returned to Station, arriving back at 3:25am; the boat was recovered and ready for service again at 4am and the crew returned to their beds. Tim Grimmer said “the crew and I were very pleased with the way the new boat had handled and operated on its first service”.

It is never safe to swim in the sea at night, as you lose your bearings very quickly and can get swept away by the tide before you know it. It is also harder for the rescue services to find you. The best advice for swimmers is to always swim between the flags on life-guarded beaches or if this is not possible to always have someone ashore who is able to call for help if anything goes wrong.