Norfolk: Lifeboat Crews Rescue Two From Sea

Two swimmers have been rescued from the sea off the north Norfolk coast in separate incidents.

The first happened half a mile off the coast off at West Runton, near Cromer just after 3pm yesterday (Sunday, May 5th 2013) afternoon after reports of a swimmer in trouble. 

The Sheringham Lifeboat was launched at the request of Humber Coastguard at 15.13hrs on Sunday 5th  May 2013 to go to the assistance of a swimmer thought to be in trouble. The swimmer was reported to be approx ½ ml off shore off West Runton Car Park.

The partner of the swimmer was very concerned when after about ½ hour he did not return to the beach and phoned Humber Coastguard who requested Sheringham Lifeboat to attend.

The Lifeboat was duly launched and located the swimmer as he finally reached the shore safely.


The second call-out happened at around 8pm last night when crews were called to reports of a swimmer in trouble near reef 4 at Sea Palling.

Six minutes later the station’s D-Class lifeboat Spirit of Berkhamsted was en route to the swimmer with Matt Bales at the helm and crew of Charlotte Siely, Jake Munday and Alex Willoughby.

On arrival at Sea Palling, the Sea Palling independent Lifeboat had recovered the casualty and taken him to their boathouse.

Happisburgh RNLI lifeboat beached and their first aider joined the Sea Palling crew in treating the swimmer for hypothermia and shock, until the arrival of the Ambulance Service.

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