Happisburgh lifeboat launched as fishing boat disappears in building seas

PUBLISHED: 19:01 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 07:47 20 July 2014

Happisburgh's lifeboats.

Happisburgh's lifeboats.


Happisburgh lifeboat went to the aid of two men this morning who launched their boat off Cart Gap in a strong south-easterly wind and were not wearing life jackets.

A relative of one of the men became concerned at about 9.45am, as the tide and waves continued to build and the 16ft Shetland fishing boat Sea Hawk could no longer be seen.

Happisburgh’s senior helmsman Tim Grimmer alerted Humber Coastguard and the lifeboat was launched.

The crew, which also included Charlotte Siely and Sean Ferguson, found them off Waxham.

The pair had life jackets on board the boat but Mr Grimmer said they had not put them on until advised to do so.

The lifeboat shepherded them back to Sea Palling where the pair anchored their boat behind the reefs with instructions not to try and get back to Cart Gap until low water at 4pm. They were also told to keep in touch with Humber Coastguard.

But Mr Grimmer said the men had returned at 2pm, when it was still high tide. As they stood in chest-high water trying to put the boat on a carrier it had capsized in the rough surf. Fortunately it did not roll on to them, which could have been serious, said Mr Grimmer.

Although they carried a VHF radio they had used a far less reliable mobile phone, according to Mr Grimmer.

He urged: “If you’re going off, tell someone where you’re going, what time you expect to be back, check the tides, wear a life jacket and take a VHF radio with you which you know how to use.”


  • Jus let them get on with it.

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • The RNLI is a voluntary organisation, that relies heavily on donations to fund it's work. It goes out to sea to help anyone, Including IDIOTS. It should not have to. IDIOTS should stop at home.

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    Lover of Norfolk

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Very unwise to go to sea without a life jacket hope they were given a good telling off, when I was on fishing boats it was always the first thing we were warned of and if we had not worn one we would have been sacked

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    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • stupid, stupid idiots. However inexperienced or experienced - even on inland water - you never, ever go out without life jackets, or at the very least buoyancy jackets with collars.

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    Friday, July 18, 2014

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