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07/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2019 07:59

Cromer Lifeboat called out to assist yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Following a call from the UK Coastguard, Cromer's all weather lifeboats 'Lester' was launched to a report of problems on the 'Walrus' - a 30 foot yacht.

The reported position of the yacht was 7 miles NNE from Cromer

The crew of the offshore lifeboat, Lester, was launched at around 17: 48, to reports of a rope around the propeller. It was agreed to give a tow to Wells, so 'Lester' made the connections and set off.

The weather conditions whilst bright had a wind coming from the North at Force 1, the sea was medium to choppy.

Originally it was intend to tow the yacht into Wells but tidal conditions made this impossible. Instead Cromer RNLI helped the yacht to anchor, then with tide changes it will be taken into Wells.

A pager message asking the shore crew to return to the station to rehouse the lifeboat came through at 23:30 and by 23:45 'Lester' had been refuelled, washed down and made ready for its next call.

Cromer Boat crew:

Ady Woods

Mearl Brown

Danny Cherry

Gordon Nichols

Kevin Johnston

Vernon Hoare

Chris Shepherd

Cromer Shore crew:

'G' Stallard

Karl Pearce

Steve Guest

Roger Sutton

Bernice Stowe

Lee Merritt

Paul Russell

Darren Jones

Emma Tuck

Fiona Keenaghan

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