First rescue for new lifeboatman after crab boat runs into trouble

The Cromer RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out to rescue a crab fishing boat, which had engine pr

The Cromer RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out to rescue a crab fishing boat, which had engine problems. Picture: PAUL RUSSELL - Credit: Archant

A newly-minted lifeboatman was part of a crew called out to rescue a crab fishing boat in the North Sea.

Matt Hardy, who has recently finished training to be a volunteer at Cromer's RNLI station, was part of the crew who were paged after the boat ran into engine problems today (Tuesday, June 19).

The 'George and Muriel', Cromer's D class inshore lifeboat, was launched at 11.27am.

A spokesman said: 'Weather conditions were still with the breeze from the north-east, the sea state was flat. The crew were soon on scene just opposite the old lighthouse; assistance was given to the fishermen.'

By 11.55am the inshore lifeboat had returned to its station, was washed down, refuelled and made ready for its next launch.