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Ian Johnson

ALB Assistant Mechanic

ILB Helmsman (Retired)


Crew Number: 5

Joined: 27/08/1985

Last Launch

Launch Date:

Friday 10 November 2017

Launch Time:


Recover Time:

12:15 (10hrs 25mins)


ALB 13-17 Joel and April Grunnill


Overcast, Slight, SW F3


Assisted 2 vessels


Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Joel and April Grunnill launched at request of UK Coastguard based at Humber to search for a small motor boat with engine failure, somewhere in the area of the Long Sands, south of the town, with one person on board.

The lifeboat proceeded south and began a search in the area of vessels last known position, eventually locating it near to the westerly edge of the Long Sands.

Whilst en route to the motor vessel the coastguard updated the crew that a second vessel, a small sailing craft with one person on board, had left the Port of Boston to aid the first casualty and had subsequently suffered from the same fate and was adrift in the wash. Hunstanton RNLI were asked to launch their Atlantic class lifeboat to assist in the search and recovery of this second vessel.

Both boats were recovered and towed to the Port of Boston where they were met by officers from the UK Coastuard.

Both lifeboats returned to their respective stations and Joel and April Grunnill was washed down, refuelled and ready for service at 12:15pm

Read more about this launch here.

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