Press release

Coastguards help 2 men stranded off Norfolk coast

Stranded fishing boat towed into Wells Harbour.


Two men on board a fishing boat have been brought safely back to shore after becoming stranded off the Norfolk coast.

Humber Coastguard was first contacted by the ‘Nauru’ just after 9.30am this morning (28 March 2014) following an engine and electrical failure.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Wells was sent to assist and stood by to help while the crew tried to restart the engine. When they couldn’t get it going, the decision was made to tow them into Wells Harbour where repairs could be carried out.

Mike Green, Watch Manager with Humber Coastguard, said:

The 15 metre boat had left Harwich, and was heading for Scarborough. It appears that this is the first time the two on board had taken the boat out.

It seems that they didn’t have a passage plan, and were seeking assistance for their onward voyage. However it transpired that the best option was to bring the vessel into Wells.

The crew reacted to their dilemma in the best possible way by seeking the assistance of the Coastguard promptly, before the situation deteriorated.

The vessel is now safely moored in Wells Harbour awaiting repairs.

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Published 28 March 2014