September 19 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Sheringham’s lifeboat crew wowed the crowds with their skills in weather conditions the volunteers sometimes face in real emergencies.
The RNLI annual lifeboat day in the resort today saw several exercises aimed at showing the public the crew’s training and the close working partnership they have with coastguards, lifeguards, and Wattisham’s Sea King search and rescue helicopter.
In a simulation involving lifeboat and lifeguard services, a casualty who had fallen down a cliff in a remote area was found and taken by boat to the lifeboat station.
Next, helmsman Steve Banks, pretending to be a swimmer in difficulties, was spotted by senior lifeguard Francis Glazebrook who went to his aid. The pair were then collected by the lifeboat.
Sheringham’s The Oddfellows boat was then joined by her sister lifeboats from Cromer, and the Wattisham helicopter for an air-sea rescue exercise involving people in the water.
“I have to applaud the helicopter pilot and the crowds. It was raining very heavily, really closing in, but he kept with it, and so did they. They were all watching with their umbrellas up,” said Brian Farrow, operations manager with Sheringham Lifeboat.
Norwich Model Boat Club demonstrated their wide selection of radio-controlled lifeboats in the boating pond on The Leas, helping boost RNLI funds.
Sheringham Shantymen changed plans and performed their lunchtime concert in the lifeboat station and the fund-raising day ended with a Churches Together service in the station, accompanied by Salvation Army musicians.
“There was a really good mix of holidaymakers and local people,” said Mr Farrow. “Considering the weather, it was a great day.”