Warning over inflatables from lifeboat crews

A warning about using inflatables on the beach has been issued after lifeboat crews were called out to a number of rescues.

Both Happisburgh's lifeboats were called out on Thursday August 16 to two inflatables drifting out to sea at Waxham. Both were found with no-one on board and all persons involved were safe.

On August 18 both boats were launched to another inflatable with two people on board drifting off Bacton.

The lifeboats were stood down before arriving as the inflatable and its occupants had made their way ashore.

Philip Smith, Happisburgh lifeboat press officer, said: 'These two callouts show the dangers of inflatables of any type being used at the beach.'

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He advised those using inflatables to tether them to the beach, monitor children and if an inflatable does drift out to sea call the coastguard.

The crew was also called out on Saturday to Sea Palling to reef three to reports of people trapped. They made their way to safety before the boats reached them.

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The crew at the station have also met with Patricia Fox who donated � 10,000 to the station for training this year, in memory of her husband.

Mrs Fox and her family joined the crews for a Sunday morning training session and the annual church service.

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