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A busy weekend for Gorleston RNLI with call outs for both lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Both volunteer RNLI lifeboats stationed at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston were called out this weekend to two very different shouts both during and after the two day Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

Both RNLI lifeboats at the festival


Both RNLI lifeboats at the festival

The Great Yarmouth and Gorleston inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched on Saturday afternoon (9 September) to assist a private cruiser/houseboat that had suffered engine failure whilst turning to the River Bure. The vessel had drifted down the River Yare and had managed to make it underneath Haven Bridge without collision.

The river was very busy at the time with moored vessels and lots of activity on the river due to the annual Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, which the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboats were also attending. The Norfolk Constabulary Broads Beat team and the event safety boat attempted to stop the cruiser from hitting moored vessels until the ILB was on scene. A tow was established to the lifeboat and the casualty was taken to the yacht station, safe and well.

During the festival, the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was also called out to a rowing vessel in difficulty off Great Yarmouth. The vessel was intending to come into Great Yarmouth before leaving in the morning but got into difficulty due to the sea and weather conditions. Once on scene the ALB established a tow and took the casualty vessel into Great Yarmouth.


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Kimberley Platford, RNLI Gorleston & Great Yarmouth Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07907 360588,

Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
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Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 07786 668825 0207 6207417

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The inshore lifeboat tows the cruiser to safety


The inshore lifeboat tows the cruiser to safety
The ALB was launched to a rowing boat in difficulty


The ALB was launched to a rowing boat in difficulty

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