Launch Information - 26/08/2018


A report of a missing diver resulted in Cromer RNLI’s all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ being launched just before midday.
Messages were soon received that the diver had been able to get back on the support vessel, but then the vessel itself had problems with its engine.
The crew of ‘Lester’ were soon on the scene, which was 7 miles northeast of Bacton to give assistance to the dive boat. Once it became apparent that a tow would be needed this was quickly arranged and the vessel was taken to Sea Palling.

After ensuring the dive boat was safe, the crew of Cromer RNLI’s all weather boat was able to be stood down. It returned to station and by 15:30 had been recovered to its boathouse, washed down and made ready for its next launch.

Richard Leeds – Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘Reports of a lost diver, like all missing persons, need to be acted upon immediately. We were soon on scene and were pleased that the diver had managed to get back on board.

Our Tamar class boat has the capability to tow other vessels and we were pleased to be able to give assistance today’.

Position - 7 miles NE of Bacton
Seat State - Calm
Visibility - Good
Weather – Overcast
Wind Direction – SSW Force 2


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat

Launched: 26/08/2018

Launch Time: Midday

Returned: 26/08/2018

Return Time: 15:30


Boat Crew: 

Ady Woods

Ady Barker

Gordon Nichols

Alex Royall

Kevin Johnson

Tim Ballard

Shore Crew:

Graeme Stallard

John Redmond

Steve Guest

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.