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Windsurfer rescued by Cromer RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A request was made to launch Cromer’s inshore lifeboat at 1.45 pm to give assistance to a windsurfer in difficulties off the east beach.

Cromer's inshore lifeboat George and Muriel heading out to sea

RNLI/Paul Russell

Cromer's inshore lifeboat George and Muriel heading out

Initially the RNLI lifeguards on the east beach had seen the windsurfer waving after he had capsized. They alerted the UK Coastguard who in turn requested Cromer’s lifeboat the George and Muriel to be launched.

The crew were very quickly on scene and after assessing that the windsurfer didn’t have any injuries, they took the person on board and went to the east beach to land them on shore.

By 2.30pm the George and Muriel had been cleaned down, refuelled and rehoused ready for its next call out.


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  • Audrey Smith, Cromer RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07773 097094/ audrey_smith@rnli.org.uk
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  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 - 07786 668825
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Cromer's inshore lifeboat George and Muriel returning to shore after its call out

RNLI/Paul Russell

Cromer's inshore lifeboat George and Muriel returning to shore

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