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Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat assists drifting vessel with three on board

Lifeboats News Release

A Norfolk lifeboat was launched to assist a drifting vessel with three people on board and tow it to safety.

RNLI/Chris Bishop

Hunstanton lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk was launched to assist a drifting vessel with three people on board
Hunstanton's volunteer RNLI crew were tasked to reports of a craft adrift in the Lynn Channel in The Wash east of King's Lynn just before 5pm on Tuesday, 18 July.

The four-strong crew made their way to the scene on board Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk.

On arrival, they assessed the situation and it was agreed the pleasure craft, which had three people on board, needed to be towed to safety.

The vessel was towed into Sutton Bridge via the River Nene, where it arrived around 7pm.

The lifeboat then returned to station.

ENDS

Editor's notes

Hunstanton lifeboat station is one of just a handful across the RNLI which operates both an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a hovercraft.

The crew, who launch from the boathouse on Sea Lane, are one of the busiest in Norfolk, covering parts of The Wash, the tidal rivers which flow into it and parts of the north Norfolk coastline.

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For more information please call Chris Bishop, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07584 147219 or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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