Cromer and Sheringham lifeboats in rescue drama

Cromer lifeboat escorted a damaged boat with 12 people on board to Yarmouth harbour yesterday evening.

Cromer lifeboat escorted a damaged boat with 12 people on board to Yarmouth harbour yesterday evening.

The Ocean Dragon, a 24m-long dive support boat, began shipping water after being holed about one mile off the north Norfolk coast at Weybourne shortly before 5pm.

Yarmouth coastguard, which co-ordinated the rescue, sent the Cromer and Sheringham lifeboats to the scene.

The boat's skipper found that by steaming ahead at 10 knots, the hull lifted high enough out of the sea for her pumps to cope with the incoming water and the Sheringham crew returned to base, according to a coastguard spokesman.

Cromer lifeboat coxswain John Davies said the divers on board had been working on the cable coming from the off-shore wind farm when their vessel had been damaged after hitting one of their mooring buoys.

The stricken vessel tied up safely at Yarmouth at about 8.45pm.