Happisburgh RNLI Lifeboat joins search for missing person

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Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers were called into action to search for a missing person.

Howard Bell setting out on serach for missing person

RNLI/Philip Smith

Howard Bell setting out on serach for missing person

The pagers sounded at 1:18pm today 19th February 2020. The crew assembled within ten minutes and, after a briefing from HM Coastguard and Police, Howard Bell was launched at 1:37pm with Tim Grimmer at the helm and Sean Thurston, Dave Loveday and Chris Risby as crew and started the search off Walcott. They did a shore line search down to Waxham then headed out to sea and returned to Walcott and then repeated this again. The sea was slight and the visibility was good.

Howard Bell returned to Station at 4pm in order to change crew and refuel before relaunching at 5pm with Jake Munday at helm, Cubitt Siely and Charlotte Siely as crew. They continued with the search for another hour until dark. On both occasions nothing was found. At 6pm Howard Bell returned to station and was rehoused and made ready for service.

The search is carrying on with Police, HM Coastguard search teams and HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Hull. Happisburgh volunteers are on stand by if needed again.

The RNLI is facing a Perfect Storm: our volunteers are busier than ever; providing a world class rescue service but people are still drowning, however our income is down so we need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital. Fund raising like this is essential in order to enable us to carry on with this work.

Visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.



Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer PHILIP SMITH

Mobile 07766007936 E-mail lofty273@googlemail.com


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