Yarmouth Coastguard requested launch of Hunstanton Lifeboat to go to the aid of a yachtsman who had informed the CG that he had broken his rudder and was having trouble with his outboard engine.
His position was given as off Tabs Head, near Boston, the sea state was rough, wind was NW 5, and he was not feeling to good.
Hunstanton volunteer crew launched on service at 4.50 pm and proceeded to casualty, some 14 miles from station. Information from casualty to the CG about his medical condition, the CG requested Helicopter Rescue 125 to attend,
Lifeboat crew took casualty on board the lifeboat, and Rescue 125 lowered their paramedic onto the lifeboat, he was checked over, and it was decided he did not need transferring to the Helicopter, and was OK to be taken in tow by the Hunstanton Lifeboat into Boston.
Hunstanton lifeboat commenced tow at 6.00 pm, and entered the river at 6.55 pm this was three hours after high tide, concern was made that the tide would be too low by the time lifeboat reached the mooring. The Harbour master suggested taking him into the dock entrance, giving the lifeboat time to clear the river while there was still enough tide. Casualty and craft were handed over to the Boston Harbour authorities. It is understood that the 53 year male seafarer was taken to Boston Hospital for a medical check up.
Hunstanton Lifeboat left the river returning to Hunstanton at 9.15 pm.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.