Norfolk coastguard calls for volunteers as teams merge premises

Happisburgh and Mundesley coastguards at Bacton
Image caption Crews from Happisburgh and Mundesley will share the new Bacton base from late Spring

Two of Norfolk's volunteer rescue teams are to join forces with the development of a new coastguard station at Bacton.

Crews from Happisburgh and Mundesley will share the base from late Spring.

Station officer Bob Frances said: "We've got a building that's being modified to have the facilities which should take us into the future.

"We now need more volunteers. Summer can get very busy and it's difficult to get people available day and night - that's what we're looking for."

The coastguard is calling on volunteers from people living in Mundesley, Bacton, Happisburgh, Stalham and the surrounding villages.

"We need people who live and work locally and can leave work at fairly short notice, obviously with their employers agreement," said Mr Frances.

The new operational centre at Pollard Street was chosen after coastal erosion made the station at Happisburgh unusable.

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