Happisburgh RNLI Volunteers pagers have sounded for the first time in 2020

Lifeboats News Release

Deputy Launching Authority, Paul Broomfield, received a call from HM Coastguard requesting help with a search for a missing person, so the pagers were set of with ‘Crew Assemble’ at 6:34pm Saturday 11 January 2020.

Russell Pickering Launching

RNLI/Philip Smith

Russell Pickering Launching

The volunteers were soon on station and after talking to HM Coastguard the station's D Class D-813 Russell Pickering was launched at 6:56pm on to a flat calm sea at high water. Sean Thurston was at the helm with David Loveday and Chris Risby as crew to search the coast line. Other RNLI volunteers assisted with the search on land helping Police and Bacton Coastguard.

After around one hour the Police located the person inland and the search was called off; Russell Pickering was rehoused and made ready for service at 8pm.

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.

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