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Happisburgh RNLI volunteers called out in heat of the day

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard Humber paged Happisburgh RNLI and Mundesley Independent Lifeboat at 4:20pm on Friday 17 June.

Howard Bell Launch to Paddle boards off Bacton

RNLI/Philip Smith

Howard Bell Launch to Paddle boards off Bacton

Two people on paddle boards were being blown offshore by the wind, north of Bacton by Bacton Gas site approx 0.5 miles off the beach.


Happisburgh’s Howard Bell Atlantic 85 was launched and en route to the casualties by 4:30pm, with Sean Thurston on helm and Kieran Greaver, Matt Haystead and Tom Hunn as crew.

After a short search, the casualties were found one mile off the beach. Mundesley quickly took the casualties on board and returned them to the beach and handed them over to Bacton Coastguard; neither were injured, just exhausted. Howard Bell was tasked to bring the two paddle boards back to the beach.


Howard bell was rehoused, cleaned and refuelled and ready for service by 5:10pm.


This was a great example of RNLI and independent lifeboats working closely together alongside local Coastguards to bring this incident to a successful conclusion.

Sean Thurston said: ‘Thank you to all who attended this afternoon’s shout, all went well. Quick launch and all good, such a great performance again from all involved.'


Safety Advice for Paddle Boarding


• Always wear your leash and hold onto your board if you get into trouble. It will help you float.

• Always carry a means of calling for help on your person. You must be able to reach it easily in an emergency. If it can’t be reached, it’s no help. Consider taking a mobile phone with the SafeTrx app.

• Always try to choose a lifeguarded beach and make sure you launch and recover between the black and white chequered flags.

• Tell someone else where you’re going and when you’ll be back. They can raise the alarm with the coastguard by calling 999 or 112 if you are overdue.

• Always check the weather forecast and tide times. Don’t get caught out by the conditions. Avoid offshore winds because they will tire you quickly when trying to return to shore

• Always wear a personal flotation device. Make sure you are also wearing suitable clothing for the forecasted conditions.

• Always try to paddle with someone else. They can raise the alarm in an emergency by calling 999 or 112 and asking for the Coastguard.

RNLI Media contacts

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith:

Mobile: 07766007936, email: [email protected]

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