Local fishermen request help from Cromer RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

A call came through just after 6am to launch the inshore lifeboat 'George and Muriel’ to go and assist a local fishing boat with two crew on board.

RNLI/Audrey Smith

Immediately the volunteer lifeboat crew assembled to launch the boat. After being towed by the tractor crossing the shingle banks onto the beach, the RNLI lifeboat was soon in the water.

With the wind breezing from a westerly direction at a force of 2 -3 knots, the lifeboat was soon heading to a location approximately half a mile off the pier. It was agreed to tow the fishing boat back to the shore and by 6.55am both lifeboats were back to Cromer.

The inshore lifeboat was then cleaned down, rehoused and made ready for its next call out.

Billy Gaff, one of the fisherman, said: 'I was hugely impressed by the help from the inshore lifeboat crew and the Cromer RNLI Lifeboat Station as a whole. As a local I am well aware of the help and support the RNLI give to those in need.'

RNLI media contacts:

  • Audrey Smith, Cromer RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07773 097094/ audrey_smith@rnli.org.uk
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425/ 07785 296252/ tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 - 07786 668825
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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