Yarmouth's RNLI lifeboat supports UK Coastguard search

Lifeboats News Release

In rough seas the all-weather lifeboat launched from Yarmouth harbour at 11:07am today (4th April) in response to a report of a wrecked vessel on a south coast beach.

RNLI's Yarmouth lifeboat in rough seas.

RNLI/Yarmouth Archive

RNLI's Yarmouth lifeboat in rough seas.
In the second shout in four days, the lifeboat was despatched to Barton on Sea and tasked with searching two separate areas off the coast for potential casualties in the water, joining police, a mobile Coastguard unit and Search & Rescue helicopter.

Nothing was found and with a 3-4 metre swell and 30 knot wind, the second search in the shallow waters off Barton on Sea had to be abandoned due to the difficult conditions.

Subsequently, police arrested an individual on the beach on suspicion of stealing the vessel.

The 'Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)' and her crew arrived safely back in Yarmouth at 1:20pm.

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Claire Hallett, Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer 07814 900398, claire_iow@yahoo.co.uk

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Paul Dunt, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 / 07866 668825 / paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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