Hunstanton Lifeboat Launches 12th & 14th June 2014

Thursday 12th June

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” at 11.05am to Medivac an injured crewmember from a motor fishing vessel (MFV).

Humber Coastguard received a radio call from a MFV four miles SW of Hunstanton that one of her crew had received serious injuries to his arm and needed medical treatment.

Hunstanton volunteer crew launched on service at 11.15am and made good speed to the vessel. On arrival alongside the vessel the injured crewman was transferred to the lifeboat and first aid treatment was applied. He was brought back to the boathouse at 11.40am and handed over to the waiting paramedics and transferred to QE Hospital Kings Lynn.

High Water 6.25am. Wind NW 2 Sea state slight.

Saturday 14th June

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” at 5.45pm.

Humber Coastguard (HCG) had received a radio call from a motor vessel that had broken down on the inner sands on the entrance to Boston. Four persons were on board three adults and one child. HCG asked if he had lifejackets, to which he replied we have two lifejackets.

Hunstanton volunteer crew launched on service at 5.55pm and made good speed to the area. The vessel was located and taken in tow to Sutton Bridge Pilots Pontoon where they left the casualties. Whilst this was ongoing Sutton Bridge Swing Bridge operator reported that another vessel Osca 1 went out with the Sasha and had reported to him by radio that he was lost, and had gone aground several times, and was near a big red buoy.

The Bridge operator was trying to talk Osca 1 in by radio on channel 9. HCG asked that Osca 1 go to Ch 16 and was told to drop anchor and stay in their current position. The Hunstanton ILB would come to them on returning down river and set them in the right direction. The lifeboat escorted the Osca 1 up the river towards Sutton Bridge. Osca 1 reported that his power steering belt had broken and he had to slow down. ILB slowed to suit and directed Osca 1 up the river towards Sutton Bridge. This vessel had no lifejackets or navigation aids of any kind. No echo sounder only a VHF radio.

L/B returned at 9.15pm. H.W. 8.21pm. Wind NE 4. Sea state moderate. Vis. Good

Latest News released by Geoff Needham, Lifeboat Press Officer, Hunstanton Lifeboat Station.

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