Appeal for information about hoax call which led to major sea search near Cromer

Cromer lifeboat. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer lifeboat. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An appeal for information after a major sea search last week has been launched by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency following a hoax call.

Thousands of pounds was spent on the operation on February 11, which involved Cromer Lifeboat, an RAF helicopter from Wattisham Airfield, and Coastguard teams.

It followed a call from a man claiming to be on the boat Norfolk Girl, 13.5 miles off the coast of Cromer.

But after a boat called Norfolk Girl was found safely ashore in West Runton, officials believed the search to be the result of a hoax call.

The coastguard has the original recording, and wants to hear from anyone who has information that may help the investigation.

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Anyone with information should contact Humber Coastguard on 01263 672317

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