Rescue Lifeboat UK
A series of festive dips in the North Sea are being organised this year for a range of charities.
The swims will be held in villages and towns including at Mundesley, Cromer, Lowestoft, Overstrand and Hunstanton.
One of the biggest is in Lowestoft on Christmas Day, now in its 32nd year. Swimmers enter the water at 10.30am.
Organiser Lawrence Chapman said he was expecting a record number of swimmers and hoped that each participant would aim to raise £100 in sponsorship money.
“If the number of sponsor forms already issued is anything to go by this year's swim looks to be the most successful ever,” he said.
“But there is still plenty of room on the beach for many more.”
Around 150 people took part last year, raising more than £12,000 for charities across Waveney. It is estimated that the swim has raised a total of more than £315,000 over the years.
The Hunstanton swim, also on Christmas Day and organised by the Hunstanton Round Table since 1973, has been running since 1957. Swimmers should register at the Oasis Leisure Centre at 10.30am and the swim itself is at 11am.
The Mundelsey swim, in aid of the independent inshore lifeboat, is on Boxing Day at 10.30am next to the lifeboat boathouse. Proceeds will be split between the lifeboat and the Mundesley Scouts, with a prize for the best fancy dress outfit.
And also on Boxing Day, the North Norfolk Beach Runners will organise the Cromer dip, with bucket rattling in aid of the East Anglian Children's Hospices starting at 10.30am and the swim itself at 11am.
Another Boxing Day swim will be held in Overstrand at 11.30am, on the prom below the Cliff Top Café. A bucket collection will be held for the upkeep of the Millennium Group playground.
The New Year's Day swim in Great Yarmouth will not go ahead. The swim organised by the town's football club was called off last year because of flu and the winter vomiting bug. This year there were not enough people available to organise the event.
THE Abbie Deans Spirit of Blyth and Wansbeck Lifeboat was called out yesterday morning to rescue a fishing boat.
The Shelley Marie suffered a fractured Sea cooling water pipe causing loss of engines/causing it to drift.
An Emergeny call was made from the Humber Coastguard and the lifeboat was thus launched at 9.30am on Wednesday, December 2.
A crew of ten volunteers turned up with five taking to sea to carry out the rescue.The Lifeboat was quickly on the scene where the RNLI lifeboat from Cullercoats had the fishing vessell on a rope.
They allowed the BAWLB to take the tow and we duly brought the above vessell from approx two miles off the coast of Blyth safely to a berth in the comforts of the harbour.
The two man crew were met by the HMI Coastguard Officers who ensured all was safe and well with both vessell and crew.
A LIFEBOAT group which is among the first to help in Gwent river emergencies is encouraging people to wear something orange this Februrary.
The Severn Area Rescue Association is spearheading the Go Orange campaign, encouraging people to wear something orange on Feburary 26 and pay £1 to them to do so - and the Argus is backing them.
It is hoping to raise £20,000 for a new lifeboat, while also boosting the profile of it and other independent lifeboat crews.
More than 100 lifeboat units around Britain, who work outside of the RNLI, respond to emergencies in the same way as their bigger cousin.
But unlike the RNLI smaller crews do not have a large head office working on their behalf.
SARA, based at several locations along the Severn Estuary including Beachley, is one of those organisations.
Elspeth Hardie of SARA said while many people are aware of the RNLI, who she said do an amazing job, the charity has very few inshore lifeboat crews.
“If anybody got into difficulty in the Rivers Severn, Usk, the Wye and the surrounding land, the people that would be called out would be SARA,” she said.
In the last year SARA has been called out more than 70 times, with cases including missing children, stranded fishermen and people who have had accidents nearby or in the river.
It is also hoping to raise £20,000 to replace SARA 3, one of its inshore lifeboats - and will also be embarking on the 24-hour Three Peaks Challenge next September to work towards the goal.
SARA is also hoping for groups and firms to organise fundraisers to help raise cash.
A CAISTER teenager who hopes one day to command the village's independent lifeboat was honoured with a major award.
Marcus Brown was a runner up in the May Gurney Norfolk Young People of the Year awards held on Sunday at a ceremony in Norwich.
Marcus joined the junior crew of Caister Lifeboat soon after his family moved to the village five years ago and hopes one day to move out of the backroom to lead a rescue. The 15 year old has given up family holidays to fulfil his role attending weekly meetings and preparing equipment for the next callout. His aim is to become coxswain.
He was nominated for the award by his proud grandparents who were impressed by his hard work and dedication.
Marcus, of Honeymoon Loke, Caister, is sharing his runner-up prize of £100 with Caister lifeboat station.
A 16-year-old boy who maintains Dersingham's war memorial was the £1,000 winner of the awards.
The Norfolk YOPEY awards were handed out alongside YOPEYs for Suffolk young people as £4,000 worth of prizes were given to young people who are positive role models and give to others.
Young People of the Year was started in Hertfordshire to counteract the bad image inflicted on the younger generation by the anti-social antics of a few. Norfolk and Suffolk are the eighth and ninth counties to hold YOPEYs.
The movement is endorsed by the leaders of both main political parties.
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