Hunstanton RNLI out on a shout

Hunstanton RNLI out on a shout

Published by KLFM
2:30pm 27th March 2020.

Hunstanton RNLI has come to the rescue of a cabin cruiser.

They were called at 12.03pm yesterday (26 March) by the Coastguard to reports of a broken down vessel with mechanical problems off the Woolpack Buoy.

One person on board.   This request was delayed, while attempts to arrange a commercial tow could be arranged.  Ninety minutes later the cruiser Ben  Chapman confirmed no tow was available, and reported he was taking on water.  

Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk launched on service at 1.35 p.m. with a salvage pump aboard, arrived on scene at 2.20 p.m.  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 Kings Lynn.  Lifeboat returned to station at 6.30 p.m. 

At this present time of National Crisis all Lifeboat stations are closed until further notice, however, the RNLI is still operating a search and rescue service, but like all emergency services. they are stretched to the limit, and are asking the leisure sailor, 'is your journey really necessary?'