Sheringham Lifeboat

Monday 17 March 2014

Monday 17 March 2014

At 18.32hrs a former crewman informed a member of the Sheringham Lifeboat crew that a Kayak had capsized in the surf whilst trying to come ashore at the west beach in Sheringham. His colleague in a second Kayak was advised to wait offshore for assistance by the Sheringham Lifeboat.

At 18.35 hrs at the request of the station, Humber Coastguard paged the crew to launch the lifeboat which was launched at 18.40 hrs and on scene at 18.42 hrs.

The swell had been building all afternoon and at HW @ 19.03hrs the swell was running at about 1.5 metres and proved very difficult for the Kayaks to ‘run’ ashore in the fading light.

The canoeist and his Kayak were taken on board the Lifeboat which returned safely to station.

Both men were checked by paramedics on scene.

We regret to advise our friends, followers and supporters that until further notice Sheringham Lifeboat Station and both shops will be closed to visitors as will all the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat stations, shops, museums and visitor centres. Besides protecting the wellbeing of our volunteers, our staff and our visitors this will enable us to preserve and continue with our lifesaving service. In addition, we will be cancelling all indoor and outdoor RNLI fundraising and other events including visits to schools. We will keep you informed via our website and social media accounts of any developments and will also provide updates on any lifesaving launches. Your support for the RNLI is much appreciated and we hope that you will understand why we have made these difficult decisions.