Launch Information - 22/02/2019


Cromer’s All weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ was launched at 21:00 to a report of a fishing boat with problems.


Approximately 34 miles northeast of RNLI Cromer’s lifeboat station, was a fishing boat without power.  The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the position given for the fishing boat.


However whilst they were underway, a call from the Coastguard was received to say a tug in the vicinity was going to tug the fishing boat to Lowestoft.

Cromer’s lifeboat returned to station and by 23:30 had been rehoused and made ready for its next call out.


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat

Launched: 22/02/2019

Launch Time: 21:00

Returned: 22/02/2019

Return Time: 23:30


Boat Crew: 

Ady Barker

Mearl Brown

Tim Ballard

Chris Shepherd

Kevin Johnston

Vernon Hoare

David Syer

Shore Crew:

Steve Guest

Roger Sutton

Bernice Stowe

Lee Merritt

Paul Russell

Emma Flowers
Calla Mayes 



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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.