22nd September 2020
The coxswain/mechanics at RNLI Cromer, Paul Watling and Rob Park observed a paddleboarder in difficulty near the pier just after 14:00. A call was made to HMCG and the D class inshore lifeboat ‘George and Muriel’ was tasked to launch at 14:19.
It was then seen that a paddleboarder and a kayak were out near the east veering buoys beyond the lifeboat station at the end of the pier. They were both struggling against an ebbing tide and offshore wind. The conditions were excellent with a flat calm sea and warmer air. The ILB duly launched in good time and quickly arrived to assist.
This they did by taking on board the paddleboarder and his board, they then shepherded the kayak slowly back to shore and when that was safely beached they came ashore and disembarked the rescued paddleboarder.
The ILB then returned to sea for a short while before returning to shore to be recovered and re-housed.
By 15 35 D734 - ’George and Muriel’ had been rehoused, refuelled and was ready for its next call.
Lifeboat: D-734 George & Muriel
Launch Time: 14:19
Return Time: 15:35