The Skegness RNLI lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called out on Saturday night (27 June) when a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) got into difficulty off the north Norfolk coast.
The 5.5m diving RIB Bluewater had launched from Jackson's Corner, north of Skegness, earlier in the day and was experiencing fuel problems some six miles off the Norfolk coast near Sheringham - almost 30 miles east of Skegness.
The RIB managed to make slow progress after the lifeboat launched at 6:15pm. The two boats met 24 miles from Skegness, and two of the four divers on board were transferred to the lifeboat.
Lincolnshire Poacher continued to escort the boat at slow speed back towards Ingoldmells, expecting to have to tow the vessel at some point.
With fuel consumption having been reduced as a result of the slow speed and reduced weight, the RIB was able to make it back to the Lincolnshire coast without further assistance.
The lifeboat returned to Skegness beach at 10pm.
Skegness RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher
preparing to launch. (Library photo; Credit RNLI/Skegness) [download