Fourth launch in 10 days for Skegness all-weather lifeboat as boat sinks in The Wash

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Author: Russell Matthews

Fourth launch in 10 days for Skegness all-weather lifeboat as boat sinks in The Wash
Skegness' all-weather RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was launched for the fourth time in 10 days last night (Tuesday) following reports of a vessel sinking in The Wash.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Skegness and Hunstanton lifeboats just before 11pm when two men on what was described as 'a small cabin cruiser' reported taking on water in The Wash, between the two towns.

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 was also scrambled from Humberside Airport to assist in the rescue.

Having launched the lifeboat, further information confirmed the boat had sunk and the two occupants had taken to a life raft.

After a brief search of the area, the life raft was spotted almost seven miles away from its last reported position, by Rescue 912. Hunstanton lifeboat was able to get to raft and take the two occupants on board the lifeboat, with Skegness lifeboat arriving shortly afterwards to offer assistance.

The two men were taken to Hunstanton on the lifeboat and checked over by ambulance crews while Skegness lifeboat headed back across The Wash to Skegness.

Lincolnshire Poacher was back on the beach at Skegness at 1:45am (Wednesday morning). 

The launch was the fourth in 10 days for the volunteer crew of the Lincolnshire Poacher lifeboat, after a training launch the previous evening and two rescue calls the previous week with Wells lifeboat on Saturday 9 June and with Humber lifeboat on Tuesday 12 June.

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 lights up the area around Hunstanton lifeboat B-848 Spirit of North Norfolk shortly after they rescued the two men from a life raft. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Russ Matthews)

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