Hunstanton Lifeboat aids Cabin Cruiser
At 12.03 on Thursday 26th March, UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat in response to a report of a vessel broken down with mechanical problems off the Woolpack Buoy with one person on board.
This request was delayed, while attempts were made to arrange a commercial tow. Ninety minutes later the cruiser “Ben Chapman” confirmed no tow was available and reported that the casualty vessel was taking on water.
Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” launched on service at 13.35 with a salvage pump aboard and arrived on the scene at 14.20. Our 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 complete the journey. Our lifeboat returned to the station at 18.30pm.
Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station said "At this present time of national crisis all Lifeboat Stations are closed until further notice, however, we are still operating a search and rescue service, but like all emergency services we are stretched to the limit. We ask the leisure sailor, is your journey really necessary?"