Launch Information - 29/03/2019

Summary

Late on Saturday 29th March 2019 Cromer’s all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’ was launched to a report of theIsla B’s steering failed.  The ‘Isla B’ guards fishing areas and is 14m long but the ship was a lot more weighty because of the gear they had on there.

 

The crew of the offshore lifeboat, Lester, was launched at around 9.45pm and initially asked to assist the ex-trawler into harbour at Great Yarmouth.

Speaking on Saturday night, Mr Leeds said: “This vessel is a guard vessel out in the North Sea. She’s a 26.5m ex-trawler and she’d lost steering. She’s on emergency steering now. We are going to escort her down to Yarmouth and into harbour.

“They’re looking at the possibilities of what’s going to happen there now.”

An update was received by Kim Platford, Gorleston lifeboat crew member, said: “We were called at 10.56pm to reports of a 110 tonne guard vessel that had steering failure. The ship was originally going to come into Great Yarmouth assisted by Cromer and Gorleston but was unable to, as the harbour wouldn’t allow her inside past 1am. The size of the ship was putting both the lifeboats at risk. We helped her in front and Cromer followed at her stern. The decision was made that she couldn’t get in to Lowestoft and she was told to drop anchor two miles off Great Yarmouth. She decided to overrule and wanted to go on to her home port, Whitstable. We were stood down and she carried on with her onward journey. Cromer were stood down as we approached Hemsby and Caister.”

Later Mr Leeds said the Cromer crew were finished by 2am (Daylight Savings Time).

Details

Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat

Launched: 29/03/2019

Launch Time: 21:45

Returned: 30/03/2019

Return Time: 02:00

Crew

Boat Crew: 

Ady Barker

Ady Woods

Mearl Brown

Tim Ballard

Paul Watling

Kevin Johnston

Mark Southgate

Shore Crew:

‘G’ Stallard

John Redmond

Karl Pearce

Steve Guest

Roger Sutton

Bernice Stowe

Lee Merritt

Paul Russell

Matt Hardy

Darren Jones

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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. You'll find more about the history of the station in other places on this site. 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.