Friday, 13 May 2022 00:00

Sheringham RNLI

Written by  Gareth Davies
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Sheringham RNLI were delighted to launch their lifeboat The Oddfellows in May on a key training exercise with Cromer and Happisburgh lifeboats; working together with the Coastguard service to ensure that the crew is familiar with the processes and procedures needed in the event of an emergency which may need helicopter extraction for casualties.

The Sheringham crew and volunteers are also delighted to confirm that after two years of absence, the Sheringham Boathouse Shop reopened on 1 May and is
prepared for a busy season of sales to Sheringham visitors and locals alike. The team are delighted to once again be welcoming local organisations to the boathouse to share details of how they work and to educate local residents on water safety.

The Humber Coastguard mobilised their Sikorsky S-92 SAR helicopter to the North Norfolk coast, to interface with Sheringham’s The Oddfellows Inshore Lifeboat and Cromer RNLI’s Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats on 1 May in a dazzling display of co-operation to rehearse key skills necessary for saving lives at sea. After a dummy run with The Oddfellows holding a steady 20 knots under the control of Helm Chris Wright, supported by Crew members Liam Cooper, Chris Taylor and Andy Trend, two practice “drop, separate, recover” winches on and off the boat were successful.

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The crew are reminded that saving lives at sea is a complex business and is made possible by a legion of dedicated volunteers and crew members who work tirelessly together as one team to offer services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The boathouse shop volunteers are delighted to be able to support the RNLI once again. To keep the shop open throughout the season needs many volunteers – if you have a few hours available each week to support, Wendy Austin would love to hear from you, please contact her by mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop into the Sheringham boathouse for a chat.

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Many local firms work together with the Sheringham Lifeboat crew to keep the service available. Over this winter and early spring locals will have noticed the many tonnes of flint deposited on our launch ramp – Sheringham RNLI have been able to continue “on service” due to the dogged work of their boat and shore crews to clear these manually. The RNLI is extremely grateful for the support of local companies Malcolm Abbs Builder and Wells Services Ltd who have generously provided equipment and staff recently to help clear these stones to allow the lifeboat to be launched. Brian Farrow, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) says ‘the support from the community, volunteers and Companies is an integral part of our service and we are indebted to all who continue to support us’.

Sheringham RNLI has been saving lives around the North Norfolk coastline since 1838 and in this time many launches have been made – each with its own story.  Records of these are kept in paper form at the station. They would dearly love to be able to digitally maintain these records, so would like to enquire whether any local people or businesses are in a position to support the RNLI’s work by scanning these records into electronic form, so they can be preserved for future generations?

If you are able to help, please contact Sheringham LOM, Brian Farrow on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss. The Sheringham crew offer grateful thanks to the extended community for their ongoing support.

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Last modified on Friday, 13 May 2022 17:32

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