Watch brilliant footage of Cromer RNLI rescuing boy in 1952

PUBLISHED: 14:57 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:24 04 March 2016

Cromer Lifeboat. Picture: RNLI 'Gale Warning' 1952

Cromer Lifeboat. Picture: RNLI 'Gale Warning' 1952


Footage containing shots of a Cromer lifeboat crew in action in 1952 has emerged from the RNLI Archives.

The Cromer Lifeboat and its crew. Picture: RNLI 'Gale Warning' 1952The Cromer Lifeboat and its crew. Picture: RNLI 'Gale Warning' 1952

In the annals of the Cromer lifeboat, it may hardly merit as its most dramatic rescue.

But footage of a 1950s call-out to assist a young boy whose inflatable dinghy was blown out to sea has emerged from the RNLI’s archives.

The organisation posted the clip on its website, as part of feature on its history.

The incident - which seems to have been staged for the filmmakers - features in a short documentary shot in 1952, entitled Gale Warning, which tells the story of several rescues - some rather more dramatic than the Cromer call-out.

In the clip - shot at the height of summer - the boy is seen sailing just off a crowded beach in an inflatable dinghy, with a makeshift rig.

The voiceover, however, reports how the tide and “gentle breeze” carries him “almost imperceptibly” out to sea.

The lifeboat, Henry Blogg - named after the town’s most celebrated lifeboatman - is launched from its base at the end of the pier into calm seas, in pursuit of the craft.

The crew are seen pulling alongside the “little fellow, now thoroughly scared” and hauling him and his tiny vessel onboard the lifeboat. The voiceover describes it as an “ordinary sort of job”.

The purpose of the documentary was to highlight the hard work of the lifeboat men, not just when called out in high seas and storm conditions, but all year round, when they were asked to respond to a variety of incidents.

It told how the job of the lifeboatmen was “no job for weaklings”.

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