RNLI Cromer Lifeboat.

Update: Windfarm boat in collision with turbine support at Sheringham Shoal returns to sea

Thursday, November 22, 2012
1.36 PM

Five people on board a windfarm personnel carrier are believed to have returned to sea after suffering minor injuries following a boat collision.

The boat collided with a support column on the Sheringham Shoal windfarm off the north Norfolk coast last night.

Cromer’s offshore lifeboat, Lester, was launched at about 7.30pm to take a doctor out to the vessel, Island Panther.

The craft met the lifeboat near Wells’ Fairway buoy where the doctor examined the crew, who are now believed to be back at sea on the Island Panther.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were alerted at 8.50pm to Beech Road, Wells, to a report of a boat in collision with a wind turbine.

“One patient was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn with a head and wrist injury, which was non-life threatening.

“The four other casualties were assessed by a doctor and made their own way to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”

It is thought a combination of sea conditions and a wind of force five to six contributed to the accident.

A spokesman for the coastguard added that boat had now returned to sea and said: “The wind force, although not high now, is still moderate.”