Launch Information

9th August 2020

On Sunday 9 th August HM Coastguard tasked Cromer RNLI to launch the all weather lifeboat ‘Lester’.

The crew were paged at 23:49 to help the Coastguard’s and police off of Overstrand.

Cromer lifeboats was then stood down at 01:44 and by 02:30 ‘Lester’ had been rehoused and nade ready for its next call out.

High Water was at 23:20, there was good visibility and the diection of Wind was ENE


Lifeboat: ON 1287 LESTER Lifeboat
Launched: 09/08/2020
Launch Time: 23:49
Returned: 10/08/2020
Return Time: 02:30


Boat Crew:
Karl Sargent
Paul Watling
Gordon Nichols
Kevin Johnson
Reis Khalil
Mearl Brown

Shore Crew:
Graeme Stallard
Steve Guest
Khan Brown
Fiona Keenaghan



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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.