A busy day for RNLI volunteers Saturday 19th September 2015

Hunstanton Lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk”

Hunstanton Lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk”

At 10.45am Humber Coastguard received a call from a fishing vessel saying that they had broken down in the Wash with two persons on board.

RNLI volunteer crew launched on service to the position given and on arrival along side the vessel a crewman went aboard to assist. The vessel was then taken in tow towards Kings Lynn. Due to the ebbing tide and the draught of the vessel it ran aground at the bottom end of Daseleys Sand. A Hand held radio was left with the vessel as their communications were down. The lifeboat was then released to return to station as the next high water was 10.45pm.

Hunstanton’s hovercraft. Photo: Clifford Hicks

Hunstanton’s hovercraft. Photo: Clifford Hicks

On the way back the crew were asked to look along Lynn channel for a Jet Ski last seen heading that way. The lifeboat made way to the area but the Jet Ski was reported to be safe and well.

Meanwhile, arrangements were made for another Kings Lynn fishing boat to tow the stricken vessel back to Lynn as soon as there was enough water. At 5.45pm Hunstanton Hovercraft was requested to go to the vessel and check it out, returning at 7.00pm. At 8.00pm Hunstanton Lifeboat “Spirit of West Norfolk” re-launched to assist in the recovery and tow up to Lynn, returning to station at 10.35pm.

H.W. 10.45 p.m. Wind light air. Weather. Sunshine/cloud. Vis. good Sea state calm.

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