Happisburgh RNLI volunteers tasked by HM Coastguard to a broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers went off at 5:25pm on 11 August, and Howard Bell, the station’s Atlantic 85 was launched with Tim Grimmer on the helm, and Sean Thurston and Chris Risby as crew.

Happisburgh Howard Bell

RNLI/Philip Smith

Happisburgh Howard Bell

The yacht had broken down with engine problems off Sea Palling.

On arrival off Sea Palling the yacht was seen seaward of the reefs with Sea Palling lifeboat alongside; the crew of the yacht were safe and the vessel was stable. Caister Lifeboat was en route to tow the yacht to Gorleston.

Howard Bell was stood down so returned to station, refuelled and made ready for service again.

Tim Grimmer said: ‘It’s always good to work with other lifeboat crews’.

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