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Cromer RNLI rescue overturned kayakers near Overstrand.

Lifeboats News Release

Cromer RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew members launched today (Friday 28 July) after reports that two people in kayaks were in difficulty in the sea.

RNLI/Chris Gill

A report was received that two kayakers had both overturned near Overstrand and needed the assistance of the inshore lifeboat.

Cromer’s lifeboat the George and Muriel was launched just after lunchtime to go and provide the necessary support. The two people involved were soon transported to the beach with their craft and the lifeboat returned to station, cleaned down and made ready for its next launch.

By 2.10pm the George and Muriel had been rehoused at the lifeboat station and was ready for service once again.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Audrey Smith, Cromer RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07773 097094/ audrey_smith@rnli.org.uk
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425/ 07785 296252/ tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207416 - 07786 668825
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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