Happisburgh RNLI search for missing girl between Walcott and Ostend

Lifeboats News Release

Happisburgh RNLI volunteers were called into acton on 12 October at 9pm to help with a search for a girl missing around the Walcott area.

Howard Bell and Russell Pickering

RNLI/Philip Smith

Howard Bell and Russell Pickering

HM Coastguard paged the crew at 9pm to help with the search; Mundesley RNLI Lifeboat, Police and Bacton Coastguard were already searching when the station was 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 coastline search up the towards Walcott.

Howard Bell was soon informed that the girl had been found cold and wet and she had walked off the beach.


Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer PHILIP SMITH,

Mobile 07766007936, E-mail lofty273@googlemail.com

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

Today 13th October Happisburgh’s Chairman will be attending The Justice Service in Norwich Cathedral at the invitation of Lady Agnew, High Sheriff of Norfolk.

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