Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service
As part of the Great Yarmouth Mercury campaign to help Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service raise the money it needs to keep saving lives offshore and on the Broads, we will be getting to know the crew who keep the service running not just out on the water but behind the scenes too.
Known as Hemsby Lifeboat, the crew has an inshore Broads boat and an offshore lifeboat. But as an independent charity, it does not receive any funding from the RNLI or government and relies solely on public donations for the estimated £25,000 a year needed to keep the boats afloat.
Each crew member is a volunteer who is equipped with a pager which can go off, day or night, when HM Coastguard needs their help. And like their RNLI colleagues they are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and they regularly work alongside crews along the coast, from Happisburgh and Sea Palling to Caister and Gorleston and Great Yarmouth.
You can find out more about the lifeboat service and support them by visiting their Facebook page.