Hunstanton RNLI aids cabin cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 26 March at 12.03pm, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat following reports of a vessel that had broken down with mechanical problems off the Woolpack Buoy with one person on board.

This request was delayed, to enable attempts to find a commercial tow. Ninety minutes later the cruiser confirmed that no tow was available and reported that the vessel was taking on water.

Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat Spirit of Norfolk launched on service at 1.35pm with a salvage pump aboard and arrived on scene at 2.20pm. Visibility was good, and the sea state was slight. The volunteer lifeboat crew discovered that the mechanical issue was intermittent overheating of engines caused by blocked cooling pipes.

The lifeboat escorted the vessel towards Kings Lynn before taking her under tow to Kings Lynn. Hunstanton RNLI returned to station at 6.30pm.

Although all RNLI lifeboat stations are closed to the public at this time, RNLI crews remain operational and are responding to calls.

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