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'Appalling seas' hamper rescue effort at Harwich

The Belgian trawler in heavy seas off the coast of Harwich. Credit: RNLI.

Lifeboat crews had to come to the rescue of a trawler after it got into difficulties in "appalling seas" off the coast of Harwich.

The RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at about 12.45am on Friday but did not reached the Belgian beam trawler, which was 30 miles out, until 3.30am.

The volunteer crew battled a force nine gale as it attempted to tow the vessel back to Harwich.

The RNLI described the conditions as "appalling" and said the tow rope snapped three times on the journey back.

The lifeboat eventually returned to Harwich at 11.00am on Saturday.

The RNLI Harwich lifeboat returns to shore. Credit: RNLI.

Norfolk sea rescue

A father has thanked an RNLI lifeguard who helped him rescue his exhausted son and nephew from a dangerous rip current off Cromer beach in Norfolk.

The two boys were swimming off Stone Groyne when the current swept them out to sea and out of their depth.

The father of one of the boys, who is also uncle to the other, was in the water with them on a stand-up paddle board. He managed to reach the boys and got them to cling onto his board.

RNLI lifeguard Adam Brayne went out to their aid. He quickly paddled out through the surf and took the boys safely back to shore one by one.


Four people left stranded after jet ski breaks down

Lifeboat crews were called to the aid of four people who were left stranded after their jet ski broke down near Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI launched its D Class lifeboat and headed to the River Colne, close to Bateman’s Tower, at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Helmsman Danny Thatcher said they were found trying to make their way ashore through the mud with the jet ski.

The four were taken aboard the lifeboat and handed over to the awaiting coastguard at Brightlingsea Hard.

The jet ski had got a rope stuck in its impeller.

Season starts for Norfolk lifeguards

An RNLI lifeguard at Cromer beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lifeguard patrols are returning to the beaches of Norfolk this weekend for the start of the 2014 season.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution will be patrolling beaches at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth, and Gorleston.

Last year RNLI lifeguards in Norfolk saved eight lives, rescued 54 people and dealt with 989 incidents

Stranded dog rescued by lifeboat off Norfolk coast

A dog has been rescued by an RNLI lifeboat team after her owners feared she had been swept out to sea off Sea Palling in Norfolk.

The owners had seen the dog get swept out of sight and had feared the worst when an initial search by kayakers proved unsuccessful.

However, a search by the Happisburgh lifeboat crew eventually discovered the Golden Labrador barking on a reef just off the coast.

The crew managed to coax her into their boat and returned her to her owners on the beach.

They believe the dog had pups, so were delighted they were able to save her.

Watch the rescue video below, courtesy of the RNLI:


RNLI issue high-tide danger warning

The RNLI have issued warnings about the dangers of high tides after a series of rescues along the North Norfolk coast.

The RNLI say this weekend will see some of the highest tides of the year and are concerned people could find themselves cut off by the sea if they are not aware of the risks.

Malcolm Robertson's report contains flashing images.

Lifeboat crews issue weekend warning after two call outs

Wells all weather lifeboat comes to rescue of a boat in trouble Credit: Wells Lifeboat

Wells lifeboat crew have urged the public to check tides and sea conditions before venturing out following two call outs this weekend.

The all-weather lifeboat was summoned to help a pleasure craft with steering problems about a mile off the Norfolk coast yesterday. The boat was towed to safety.

In a separate incident the inshore boat rescued a woman dog walker who was cut off by the tide. No-one was hurt in either incident.

Lifeboat launches up despite dismal summer

Lifeboat crews in Suffolk were called out more than twice as many times this summer compared to last year, according to figures released today by the RNLI.

Among the calls were a dramatic rescue in Lowestoft and a callout under the roughest recorded weather conditions in Aldeburgh.

Lifeboat stations in Essex and Norfolk have been very busy too which a 16% rise in launches across the region.

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East Anglian lifeboats called out on more rescues

Lifeboat stations in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were called out more than 300 times over the summer, a 16% rise on summer 2011. The region bucked the national trend which saw a small fall in call-outs to the RNLI.

Call-outs from East Anglian RNLI stations in summer 2012

  • Hunstanton - 26 (up 225%)
  • Wells-Next-The-Sea - 9 (down 31%)
  • Sheringham - 2 (down 60%)
  • Cromer - 7 (up 40%)
  • Happisburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Great Yarmouth - 17 (up 42%)
  • Lowestoft - 16 (up 167%)
  • Southwold - 7 (down 22%)
  • Aldeburgh - 18 (up 500%)
  • Harwich - 43 (up 5%)
  • Walton & Frinton - 10 (down 9%)
  • Clacton-on-Sea - 20 (down 31%)
  • West Mersea - 27 (down 37%)
  • Burnham-on-Crouch - 21 (down 13%)
  • Southend-on-Sea - 71 (up 16%)
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