Launch Information - 08/03/2020


On Sunday 8th March, whilst out on a training exercise, Cromer’s all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ received a radio call to attend to an emergency.


At 10 00 a call was received from the UK Coastguard to attend to a vessel to pick up an ill crew member.  The lifeboat then transferred the person to their boat and returned to shore.  At  10 37 the ill person was transferred to other emergency services.  Cromers RNLI volnteer lifeboat crew then continued with their training exercise.


The windspeed was 20 knots from a south westerly direction, the sea state was slight and visibility was 15 nautical miles.


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat

Launched: 08/03/2020

Launch Time: 10:00

Returned: 08/03/2020

Return Time: 10:37


Boat Crew:

Rob Park

Gordon Nichols

Vernon Hoare

Stuart Clarke

Reis Khalil

‘Nelson’ Kirk

Fiona Keenaghan

Kevin Johnston

Danny Cherry


Shore Crew:

‘G’ Stallard

Steve Guest

Roger Sutton

Karl Pearce

Paul Russell



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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.