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Cromer RNLI launched to a report of an unconscious person

Lifeboats News Release

Cromer ALB (all-weather lifeboat) was tasked by Humber Coastguard at 7:38pm on Monday 27 February to a report of a person who had become unconscious on a fishing vessel, 22 miles north north-east off Cromer.

Launch of Cromer ALB

RNLIPaul Russell

The volunteer crews swiftly mustered and the ALB launched and made best speed to the position.

While en route a nearby vessel provided medical equipment. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene, the Coxswain assessed the situation and briefed the crew, and the casualty was taken on board.

The Coastguard had dispatched their helicopter and the lifeboat was asked to keep the casualty on board until they arrived. On arrival the helicopter winched the casualty off the all-weather lifeboat, and the lifeboat returned to station.

Coxswain Paul Watling said: ‘The crew were exemplary in the way they conducted themselves last night. On board were two trainees, one on his first shout, in a situation where there were two large boats coming together in a big swell. It was great to see all the hard work in their training come together to produce a great crew, and that extends to the shore crew as well as the recovery of the lifeboat was a challenge with a moderate swell on the slipway when we got back.'

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service at 11.43pm.

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