Launch Information

11th March 2020

ON Wednesday 11th March HM Coastguard tasked Cromer RNLI to investigate a 15 foot small boat appearing to need assistance.

At 10:30am Cromers allweather lifeboat ‘Lester’ were asked to investigate a small boat, approximately 8 miles off Cromer, which was thought to need assistance. On reaching the boat it was found there was no need for concern.

Cromers lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and made ready for its next service by 11:48am.


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat
Launched: 11/03/2020
Launch Time: 10:30
Returned: 11/03/2020
Return Time: 11:48


Boat Crew:
Vernon Hoare
Stuart Clarke
Kevin Johnson
Rob Park
Phil Hansford
Fiona Keenaghan
Kevin Johnston

Shore Crew:
Steve Guest
Paul Russell
John Redmond
Roger Sutton
Karl Pearce
Mearl Brown



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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.