Happisburgh RNLI volunteers called into action for an inflatable

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard set the station pagers off on Thursday 20 August, at 10.58am to reports of a person drifting out to sea in an inflatable which had lost its oars. This happened off the ramp to the beach off beach road, Happisburgh.

Russell Pickering

RNLI/Philip Smith

Russell Pickering

Russell Pickering the station’s D Class Lifeboat was made ready for launch with Tim Grimmer on the helm and Jake Munday and Chris Risby as crew. HM Coastguard were then alerted to the fact the person had made their way back to the beach where they were met by Bacton Coastguard.

Happisburgh lifeboat was stood down at 11:10am and the lifeboat returned to the boathouse.

Tim Grimmer urged people to: ‘Please not take any inflatables on the sea as they are meant for pools not the sea. Lifeboats around the country are getting so many calls to inflatables and unfortunately people are losing their lives.'

The RNLI advises that inflatables, blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, then:

ensure children are closely supervised

keep near the shore

only use between the red and yellow beach flags

follow the lifeguard’s advice

do not take inflatables out in big waves

never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea

if you do get into difficulty, then stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water.

RNLI Media contacts

· Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith - Mobile:07766007936, Email: lofty273@googlemail.com


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