Hunstanton lifeboat called out after boat sunk

The new Hunstanton Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of West Norfolk' arrives at the station. ENGANL00120120401173937
The new Hunstanton Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat 'Spirit of West Norfolk' arrives at the station. ENGANL00120120401173937

Hunstanton’s lifeboat crews rescued two men who were found floating on a raft after their boat had sunk off the North Norfolk coast last night (Tuesday, May 19).

The two men were travelling from Wells to Boston when their vessel sprung a leak at around 11pm.

They had a VHF radio on board but were unable to get this to work and had to call the Coastguard using their mobile phones.

Lifeboats from Hunstanton and Skegness along with a rescue helicopter were called out to search the area.

The helicopter discovered the two men floating in a life raft off the Brancaster Staithe after their boat had gone down.

Hunstanton Lifeboat picked up the two men and their raft. They returned to Hustanton where the two men were checked over by ambulance crews before making their way back to Wells.

Hustanton’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Robin Rafferty said: “The two men had a lucky escape and if they did not have the life raft they would have been in the water.

“Before making any passage make sure your boat is surveyed if it has not been looked at for a while. Make sure it is fit for the trip.

“The two men were shocked and shaken but in good spirits. They were disappointed to have lost their boat.

“All of the crews did extremely well.”