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Busy morning for Sea Palling lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 10:38 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2010

THE lifeboat crew at Sea Palling was called out twice in one morning yesterday.

The independent station, which usually goes out to between six and 12 incidents a year, had to rescue three people in two separate emergencies just one hour apart.

THE lifeboat crew at Sea Palling was called out twice in one morning yesterday.

The independent station, which usually goes out to between six and 12 incidents a year, had to rescue three people in two separate emergencies just one hour apart.

Jon Bird, a land crew member at Sea Palling, said the first call-out was at 10.40am to two teenagers in a dinghy.

He said: “We found them a mile out to sea off Waxham Sands. Two teenage boys with no clue what they were doing. They didn't realise the danger.”

A visitor to the beach raised the alarm after an offshore wind drifted the teens away from the coast.

The second call was at 11.40am to one person on a broken down speedboat, which was drifting against the reefs.

Mr Bird said although the speedboat rider was well prepared, he urged visitors to north Norfolk beaches to take more care, especially when there is an offshore wind.

He said: “Lifeguards put up signs saying 'offshore wind - no inflatables', but people think 'it doesn't apply to me'. Don't go out during an offshore wind. It's the number one rule.”

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