Tuesday 7th Jan 2014
- Helmsman Tony Webster
- Crew Steve Banks, Chris Wright, Katy Webster
- High Water 20.54 hrs @ 4.8m Springs
- Weather Fine with 5/8 cloud cover
- Viz Good @ 6- 8 miles
- Wind Westerly 3 knots
- Sea State Slight
- Swell 1 metre
At 19.50 hrs Sheringham Lifeboats was tasked by HM Coastguard to proceed on a course Latitude 53 degrees to Blakeney point where an aircraft was reported to have ditched. Wells and Cromer Lifeboats were also dispatched to the scene. On reaching their destination at approx 20.10 hrs along with the other Lifeboats Sheringham lifeboat was stood down. National media have subsequentlyreported that:-
“the aircraft came down in the Cley area in north Norfolk. The helicopter is an HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, a spokesman for the USAF confirmed. The aircraft usually carries a four-man crew on board, he said.
It was initially thought the aircraft had ditched in the North Sea.
A spokesman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution said: "We were asked for three lifeboats to respond. "Crews from Wells, Sheringham and Cromer were launched at the request of the coastguard but were stood down when it was confirmed that the aircraft had come down over land."