Image from Happisburgh Lifeboat shows emergency rescue after sinking dive boat sends out mayday distress call

PUBLISHED: 17:51 03 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:53 03 August 2014

Still from video showing sea rescue from Happisburgh lifeboat. Picture: RNLI

Still from video showing sea rescue from Happisburgh lifeboat. Picture: RNLI


The thousands of visitors at Happisburgh Lifeboat Day witnessed a real rescue when the crew were called out to attend a diving boat which had sent out a mayday distress call.

Stalls were abandoned while the crew dashed out to the boat and assisted Hemsby and Caister lifeboats in the rescue, carrying two divers to shore.

Five other divers were rescued by the other lifeboats.

Launch authority Robert Ferguson said one of the divers had an eye injury. He said: “It certainly got the adrenalin going, but luckily because it was lifeboat day all the crew were there.

“Our aim is to get out 10 minutes from the time the page goes off but being at the station it was a lot quicker.

“With a mayday call you know it is life threatening.”

On the crew’s return their smaller d-class boat as called out to assist a dinghy.

While visitors witnessed the dramatic launch, they also helped the RNLI lifeboat raise thousands of pounds.

Mr Ferguson said: “People are very generous to Happisburgh Lifeboat.”

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