Happisburgh RNLI called out to investigate mystery yellow and green object
Today (Saturday 22 June) Happisburgh Coastwatch lookout saw an object off the coast off Happisburgh. They in turn called UK Coastguard who informed Happisburgh RNLI volunteers.
Cubitt Siely, Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, set the pagers off at 4.11pm and the station’s inshore Atlantic class lifeboat Howard Bell was on the water in ten minutes, with Charlotte Siely on the helm and Martin Gibbs, Chris Rigsby and Louise Brooks as crew.
After ten minutes they found the object off Bacton which turned out to be a 12ft string of 60 yellow and green balloons. These were recovered from the water before the crew carried out a search of the area but found nothing more.
Speaking following the call out, Happisburgh RNLI Helm Charlotte Siely said: If anyone loses balloons or inflatables that then get blown out to sea please call UK Coastguard and inform them of what has been lost.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.