Happisburgh RNLI volunteers involved in multi-agency call

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 21 March at 12.25pm, Happisburgh RNLI was called by HM Coastguard to launch the charity's lifeboat to search the coastline from Happisburgh to Walcott for a missing person.

Happisburghs Lifeboat Howard Bell Launching on todays callout

RNLI/Paul Broomfield

Howard Bell Launching on todays callout

Paul Broomfield, the Launch Authority, set the pagers off.

Ten minutes later the Howard Bell was entering the water with Sean Thurston on the helm and crew of Kieran Greavner and Pete Walker. They started the search at once, heading towards Walcott; they had reached Ostend when they received a call from HM Coastguard stating that the person had been found by the Coastguard and police.

The crew were asked to standby; after a short time however, they were stood down and returned to station to be recovered, rehoused, cleaned and refueled and put back on service.

Sean Thurston said: ‘This was the first callout of the year and it was good for all involved to put all their practice to good use; everything went well. This was also the first shout for Kieran; he has had one before but was stood down before the lifeboat got into the water’.

If you see anyone in trouble or believe them to be in danger at sea, on the beach or cliffs then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI Media contacts

Happisburgh lifeboat station volunteer lifeboat Press Officer, Philip Smith:

Mobile 07766007936, email [email protected]


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