Sheringham Lifeboat

Sunday 4th August 2013

Sunday 4th August 2013

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

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.