Sheringham Lifeboat

Tuesday 7th Jan 2014

Tuesday 7th Jan 2014

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."

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.