Crab boat requests launch of Cromer Lifeboat
A crab fishing boat with engine failure requests launch of ILB
Cromer RNLI was asked to launch its inshore lifeboat at 11 27 am. A request had come in from a local crab fishing boat, which had engine problems.
Once the crew had been paged, the ‘George and Muriel’, Cromer’s D class inshore lifeboat was launched. Weather conditions were still with the breeze from the North East, the sea state was flat.
The crew were soon on scene just opposite the old Lighthouse; assistance was given to the fishermen.
By 11 55 am the inshore lifeboat had returned to its station, was washed down refuelled and made ready for its next launch.
It was a special occasion for RNLI Cromer as it was the first outing for Matt Hardy – who had recently finished his training to be a volunteer.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.