ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat - 6 Jul, 2017

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Number One Station06/07/201706/07/2017n/a
Motor cruiser DOUBLE TROUBLE, gave help

Whilst on a training exercise Cromer’s D class lifeboat George and Muriel was asked by HM Coast Guard to assist a motor boat in difficulties. This means it is regarded as an official launch by the RNLI.

The 28' motor cruiser Double Trouble was on passage to Denver Sluice from Great Yarmouth when engine and mechanical problems caused it to need help. Cromer’s inshore lifeboat was on a training exercise and assessing crew when it saw the boat needed help. It was soon apparent that a tow would be needed, so a call was put in for Lester to be launched.

By 16 45 Lester was at the scene, a tow rope was attached to the cruiser and soon they were underway. The photo shows both lifeboats assisting the cruiser.
The boat was towed to Wells, where they were met by the Wells ILB which towed the casualty into the outer harbour.

Lesters’ crew returned to the boathouse later and by 21 00 the lifeboat was made ready for its next call out. The inshore boat had returned at the end of training.

John Davies, Coxswain for Cromer RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘We were able to get to the scene very quickly due to the training exercise noticing the powerboats difficulties. Our regular training means we can respond quickly to those in need’.

Boat Crew:  John Davies, Martin Steward, Pete Stokes, Paul Watling, Adrian Woods, Vernon Hoare
Shore Crew:  Reiss Khalil, Steve Guest, Karl Pearce, John Redmond, Paul Russell, Graeme 'G' Stallard

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