Sunday 4th August 2013
- Helmsman David Hagan
- Crew Chris Taylor, Liam Cooper, Paul Wheatland
- High Water 18.16hrs @ 4.3m Neap Tides
- Weather Sunny & dry with 2/8 cloud cover
- Viz Good @ 6- 8 miles
- Wind Easterly 3 knots
- Sea State Slight
- Swell 1/2 metre
The Sheringham Lifeboat was tasked by Humber Coastguard at 23.15 hrs to launch to an unidentified casualty seen approximately 2 miles off on a bearing 020 degrees portraying three long and then three short flashing white lights thought by the caller to be an SOS call. Humber coastguard received three independent reports of the same phenomenon.
The Lifeboat was launched and searched the area where the lights had been seen including putting up two parachute flares to light the area.
Humber Coastguard decided to abandon the search when they established that the callers had all seen a marine cardinal lighted buoy in on an exceptionally clear night possibly the east cardinal off Sheringham and mistaken that for a May Day call.
Launched with good intent