Launch Information - 12/04/2017


Fishing vessel RORY JAMES, escorted vessel.

Cromer lifeboat crew launched late this morning 12 April after the lone crew member aboard a fishing vessel called the UK Coastguard to report they had suffered engine problems.

A local fishing boat the Rory James requested the launch of RNLI Cromers all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’. With only one member of crew on board the fishing boat, with a moderate sea and winds blowing at force 3 in a westerly direction, help was needed.

Soon Cromer's lifeboat was heading the three and a half miles off Trimmingham to give support and advice on returning to Cromer.

John Davies, RNLI Coxswain for Cromer’s RNLI Lifeboat, said: "Being a local fisherman and knowing others who fish in local waters, I was pleased to be able to respond so quickly on behalf of the RNLI".

By 12 25, ‘Lester’ had returned to the main boathouse and was made ready for its next launch.


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat

Launched: 12/04/2017

Launch Time: -

Returned: 12/04/2017

Return Time: 12:25


Boat Crew: 

Adrian Woods

Ady Barker

John Davies

Vernon Hoare

Pete Stokes

Wes Stokes

David Syer

Shore Crew:

John Redmond

Kevin Johnson

Paul Russell

Steve Guest



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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.