New lifeboat put straight into action in Cromer

A new inshore boat given to Cromer lifeboat was put to work straight away saving a life on the day it was delivered to the crew

A new inshore boat was put to work straight away saving a life on the day it was delivered to Cromer Lifeboat crew.

The D-734, named George and Muriel, arrived on Saturday , and was loaded into the sea with the crew for training.

While on training, the crew were contacted by the coastguard regarding a kite surfer who had got into difficulties in the water off Beeston Bump.

The crew of Ady Barker, Iain Chambers, Richard Kirk and deputy divisional inspector, Michael Oakes headed for the area and managed to bring the kite surfer and his kite on board the boat.

Due to the conditions in the area the crew landed the man at West Runton.

It is believed the kite surfer was not seriously injured, but was taken to hospital for checks.

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The 5m x 2m inflatable IB 1 inshore lifeboat carries a variety of equipment for different tasks, from first aid to towing.

It replaces the Seahorse III, which has been at the station since 2001 and has been launched 73 times, saving three lives. The Seahorse will now be put into retirement.

Secretary of Cromer Lifeboat Richard Leeds, said: 'The D-734 is faster and has more facilities on board. We are hoping it will mean faster response times.'

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