Hemsby lifeboat responds to report of cruiser sailing without lights

Hemsby Lifeboat. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Hemsby Lifeboat. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hemsby Lifeboat was launched last night after reports that a cruiser was sailing the Broads with no navigational lights.

Crew members attended the scene at Barton Turf after receiving an alert at 7.40pm from Humber Coastguard.

The boat was not spotted, but a number of children were seen on the water without lifejackets.

Coxswain Daniel Hurd said: 'There were a lot of vessels down there so there would have been a high risk of collision. The message is that is you are hiring a boat take on board the safety advice. There were also quite a lot of youngsters with no safety jackets - we see that all the time and it is crazy.'

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