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Jet-ski in trouble leads to Happisburgh volunteers being called into action

Lifeboats News Release

At 11:10am today (7 June) RNLI Launch Authority, Terry Bean, received a call from HM Coastguard Humber to launch the station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

Howard Bell waiting at the water edge

RNLI/Philip Smith

Howard Bell waiting at the water edge

Terry set the crew pagers off resulting in the Howard Bell being at the water’s edge by 11:26am with Sean Thurston on the helm, Kieran Greavner, Pete Walker and Chris Risby as crew.

Then a second call was received from HM Coastguard Humber to say the Jet-ski and rider were ashore at North Gap and Bacton Coastguard team were on scene and the lifeboat was no longer needed. However they were asked to standby in case they were needed to help with the extraction of the casualty. In the end they were not needed, so returned the lifeboat to the station and crew were stood down at 12:35pm

The RNLI advises that If you see any one you think is in trouble on the beach or seat, Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

When you take a craft to sea, always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Take a means of calling for help.

RNLI Media contacts

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith:

Mobile: 07766007936 Email: [email protected]

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