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Cromer lifeboat launched after missing Diver report

Lifeboats News Release

A report of a missing diver resulted in Cromer RNLI’s all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ being launched just before midday.

Launch of all weather lifeboat 'Lester' at Cromer RNLI

RNLI/Paul Russell

Cromer RNLI Lifeboat 'Lester'

Messages were soon received that the diver had been able to get back on the support vessel, but then the vessel itself had problems with its engine.

The crew of ‘Lester’ were soon on the scene, which was 7 miles northeast of Bacton to give assistance to the dive boat. Once it became apparent that a tow would be needed this was quickly arranged and the vessel was taken to Sea Palling.

After ensuring the dive boat was safe, the crew of Cromer RNLI’s all weather boat was able to be stood down. It returned to station and by 15 30 had been recovered to its boathouse, washed down and made ready for its next launch.

Richard Leeds – Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘Reports of a lost diver, like all missing persons, need to be acted upon immediately. We were soon on scene and were pleased that the diver had managed to get back on board.

Our Tamar class boat has the capability to tow other vessels and we were pleased to be able to give assistance today’.

Position - 7 miles NE of Bacton

Seat State - Calm

Visibility - Good

Weather – Overcast

Wind Direction – SSW Force 2

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