Former West Norfolk Council executive director Chris Bamfield was reported missing on Saturday.

West Norfolk Council, with the support of his family, has launched a fundraising page to raise money for the RNLI as a heartfelt thank you for their role in the search for former executive director Chris Bamfield.

Lorraine Gore, council chief executive, said: “We are all still reeling from the shock of the weekend’s events. The family that is the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has taken this hard.

“We, along with Chris’s wife Vanessa and children Ashton and Jamie, want to show our gratitude to the emergency services involved in the search for Chris, and we felt that this would be an appropriate way to show our support and encourage anyone else who felt they wanted to, to do likewise.”

Mr Bamfield went missing while windsurfing off the coast of Hunstanton on Saturday.

A statement issued by Mr Bamfield’s family said: “Chris lived life to the max. He was always fanatical about everything he did, and windsurfing was at the top of that list.

“The effort and dedication shown by the emergency services in their effort to bring him home have left us all truly humbled. To show our appreciation as a family, we would like to contribute to the RNLI in his name, and we know he would appreciate anyone else, able and willing to do so, to do the same.”

RNLI crews from Hunstanton, Wells and Cromer were all involved in the search.

The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches in England.

The RNLI continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.

Anyone wanting to donate can visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/chris-bamfield-a-thank-you-to-the-rnli