December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Anthony Carroll
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Norfolk and Suffolk’s lifeboat stations have had a busy summer and have bucked a national rescue trend RNLI figures out today reveal.
The RNLI statistics for June 1 to August 31 show the number of callouts at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, Cromer, Happisburgh, Hunstanton and Lowestoft stations have risen compared to the same period last year.
And the figures reveal that Hunstanton’s and Happisburgh lifeboat crews saw a large jump in the amount of callouts they attended this summer when compared to the summer of 2011.
Hunstanton’s inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were called out 26 times between June 1 and August 31 compared to just 8 shouts in the same period last year.
In just one afternoon on Saturday, August 18 the station was tasked to assist people stranded on a sandbank, search for a missing child and investigate reports of a man in difficulty in the water.
At Happisburgh the station’s inshore lifeboat was called out 18 times when it was only called out three times in 2011.
One of the crews’s most dramatic rescues involved a man trapped by ropes in the water by a reef at Sea Palling.
Cromer’s life saving crew was called out seven times on its inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat - a rise of two shouts compared to last year.
Yarmouth and Gorleston’s all weather and inshore lifeboats attended 17 callouts, a rise of five.
But the station was involved in the longest shout in East Anglia when crew spent 12 hours attending to a tug with a fouled propeller.
Across the border in Suffolk Lowestoft’s all weather lifeboat, the Spirit of Lowestoft, was called out 16 times, ten times more than the summer of 2011.
Included in the callout figures was the story of a dramatic rescue of 11 people from a sinking dive boat near Lowestoft harbour on Sunday, July 22.
Today’s figures show Wells lifeboat station was called out nine times, a decrease four compared to last year, and Sheringham’s crew was called out twice while it was launched five times last summer.
Southwold’s lifeboat crew were called out seven times, a decrease of two compared to last year.
Nationally RLNI lifeboats were called out 3,575 times between June and August. Last summer there was 3,633 callouts.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI divisional inspector for the east, said: “Once again our volunteer crews have given their time and commitment to saving lives at sea around the Norfolk and Suffolk coast this summer.”