The RNLI Wells all weather lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 3.36pm on 25th May to assist a motor cruiser as it sailed from Lowestoft to Hull. They were off Titchwell when weather conditions put the crew in difficulty in rough seas.
The motor cruiser was not moving forward and two of the four crew members on board were suffering from severe seasickness.
The lifeboat volunteers launched outside the boathouse at 3:49 p.m. and left the harbor and headed for the motor cruiser.
The all-weather lifeboat sighted the cruiser at 4:16 p.m. and was docked by 4:22 p.m. Two crew members from the volunteer lifeboat were placed aboard the cruiser to assess the situation.
As the cruiser appeared to be performing well under power and the steering was satisfactory, it was decided that the best course of action was for the lifeboat crew to use their experience and seamanship to steer the vessel to the safety of Wells Harbor and the lifeboat station where the cruiser’s crew could be picked up.
The cruiser set course for Wells at 4:28 p.m., escorted by the lifeboat. All went well on the crossing, with the cruiser safely moored at Wells Outer Harbor at 4.46pm.
Upon reaching shore, the injured had recovered and no longer required medical attention as their seasickness had dissipated once they reached sheltered waters.
The lifeboat then returned to the station and was ashore at 4:56 p.m. It was disinfected, relocated and refueled at 6:30 p.m., ready for service.
Salvage operations manager Chris Hardy said: ‘It was undoubtedly a difficult experience for the crew of the motor cruiser, but this rescue highlights the importance of ensuring that vessels taken along the coast are seaworthy. They must have reliable means of communication and equipment on board. All trips should have a passage plan and that friends or family on shore are aware of the route taken. That said, I’m happy that there was a good result today”.
The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service along the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
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