'Double Trouble' needs assistance from two Cromer lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Both Cromer's lifeboats were launched to assist a powerboat today (July 6) after a power boat got into difficulties.

RNLI/Audrey Smith

inshore and all weather lifeboats assist powerboat

The power boat Double Trouble was on its way to Wells from Great Yarmouth when if suffered engine and mechanical problems. Fortunately Cromer's RNLI inshore D class lifeboat George and Muriel was on a training exercise at the time and saw the vessel needed help.

It soon apparent that a tow would be needed, so a call was put in for Cromer's all-weather lifeboat Lester to be launched.

By 16.45pm Lester was at the scene, a tow rope was attached to the powerboat and soon they were underway. Lester’s’ crew returned to the boathouse and by 20.10pm the lifeboat was made ready for its next call out. The inshore boat had returned at the end of its training.

John Davies, RNLI Coxswain for Cromer RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘We were able to get to the scene very quickly due to the training exercise noticing the powerboat's difficulties. Our regular training means we can respond quickly to those in need’.

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