In these times the boat was launched by a gang of work horses from the nearby farms before there were launch vehicles. It is said that when a flare was fired to alert the crews of a stricken vessel that the horses would make their own way to the station, arriving before the men.
During 1929 the service was reduced to one boat and the on the 16th January 1931 the station was closed, however in 1972, because of the increasing number of tourists visiting this area of the coast, several residents thought it prudent to provide an inshore lifeboat based at Sea Palling. This led to the present independent lifeboat being founded. Following much fundraising and hard work our first lifeboat ‘The Hearts of Oak’ was launched. After seven years of service this boat was replaced by the rigid hull inflatable (RIB) named ‘Leo’. Many local associations contributed towards its purchase including the Norwich Lions Club. Leo was on service for over twenty years and carried out many rescues throughout the years.