At 3.30 pm. Humber Coastguard paged the Hunstanton Lifeboat after receiving a call on channel 16 from a vessel reporting that a 70 foot narrow boat seemed to be acting in a strange manner, and appeared to be lost.
RNLI volunteer crew of Hunstanton lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” located the boat off Hunstanton and went alongside. On board was a lone sailor accompanied by two dogs.
There was no VHF radio, flares, navigation lights, charts or any navigational equipment of any kind on board. The owner who lives on board had left Kings Lynn that morning, and had been up and down the Wash all day, and did not seem to know where he was.
The crew escorted him, and then took him in tow to make better speed so as to get him into the Freeman channel, and then on to Boston before the tide dropped away. The tow was transferred to the Boston Pilot Launch who took him into the river Witham to enable him to go up river beyond Boston and find a mooring. Our Lifeboat was released to return to station arriving back at 7.00 pm.
Sea state calm Wind SW 1 Visibility Good. High water 6.27 pm.
Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.