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Lifeboat rescues yacht in difficulty off Norfolk

Wells lifeboat Credit: RNLI

The lifeboat from Wells on the North Norfolk coast was launched yesterday evening (Saturday) to help a 28 foot yacht which had run into difficulties. The bilge keel Yacht "Amigo" with 2 persons on-board, was on its way towards Grimsby on a Northerly heading when it ran into mechanical difficulties and was not making any headway. The yacht then reversed its course and started to proceed toward the 'safe port' of Wells.

At 17:20 Humber Coastguard requested that the Wells all-weather Lifeboat be launched, as they were uncertain that the yacht would be able to make a safe landfall and navigate to the safety of the port. The crew were paged at 17:20 and the Lifeboat left the Boathouse at 17:30. The Lifeboat launched in Holkham Bay at 17:50 and proceeded toward the casualty which was about 40 mins to the Northward in the vicinity of the Docking Shoal. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:25 and escorted the vessel toward Wells.

At 20:50 in the outer approaches to the harbour a crew member was placed on board the Amigo and a towline was attached. The lifeboat entered the harbour channel at 21:00 and towed the yacht to the safety of the outer harbour.

Overturned kayak spotted off Norfolk coast

The inshore lifeboat crew with the deflated kayak Credit: RNLI

Two people were feared to be in the water off the North Norfolk coast after a kayak was found overturned in the water.

The sighting of the kayak sparked a rescue operation when the alarm was raised a mile north of Burnham Overy Staithe.

It was thought two people had been inside the boat and so the Wells inshore lifeboat team were sent to investigate.

The all-weather lifefboat was then launched to help in the search for the missing crew, but was stood down after the missing persons were found safe on the shore.

Operations Manager Chris Hardy said. "From the land it looked as if there were two people on board and you can't take chances with situations like this. I am pleased that it all ended well in this case."


David Cameron says more could be done to prevent floods

"I think you can always do more, so here we are with a flood that was bigger than 1953, but with many fewer homes flooded - even though of course we built lots of homes in flood plains since then.

"So, I think the figure is had there been no flood defences you could have seen 800,000 homes flooded. So there's always more that can be done.

"There's always more flood defences that can be put in place, the funding is there but you can't always protect everything."

– David Cameron

David Cameron visits North Norfolk following tidal surge

David Cameron this morning in North Norfolk.

The Prime Minister has been paying a visit to North Norfolk this morning to see for himself the extent of last week's flood damage.

David Cameron visited Wells-next-the-Sea and spoke to residents whose properties were damaged in the tidal surge. He also thanked the emergency services for their work.

Sea defences managed to prevent the devastation seen further down the coast at Hemsby and Walcott but he insisted that more needed to be done and lessons had to be learnt

David Cameron speaks to residents.


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Cameron views tidal surge damage in Norfolk

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage in north Norfolk today as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge.

The Prime Minister met residents of Wells-next-the-Sea whose properties were damaged as the tide reached the highest level on record.

David Cameron met Norfolk rescue services involved in the flood response.

Mr Cameron paid tribute to the emergency services and flood wardens for their response, but said more could be done.

He said: "These were terrible floods and it was a very difficult event but the resilience of people here in Norfolk must be praised."

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Norfolk Police: Water levels higher than in 1953

Charlie Hall, Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, said that in places the waters exceeded the levels seen in the storm surge of 1953:

In places, water levels were higher than those experienced in the flooding of 1953, when many people lost their lives.

Thankfully that has not been the case on this occasion, a combination of improved defences in place and the concerted efforts of the community, the emergency services and the agencies that have worked to support the evacuation and keep people informed.

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Environment Secretary warns of continued flooding risk

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson warned that the danger was not over:

There will still be exceptionally high tides today and tomorrow and I would ask everybody to pay very close attention to advice from the Environment Agency and also to follow instructions from the police, local government and the emergency services.

– owen paterson, environment secretary
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