Pregnant woman, two dogs and rabbit rescued after holiday boats run aground

Naval engineers had first attempted to save those from the cruisers, but needed additional help. Lifeboats from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI were then dispatched to the trapped ships.

Lifeguards said the timing of the operation was “critical” due to an outgoing tide and because the boats were tilting, putting those on board at risk.

Hemsby Lifeboat, which deployed a flat-bottomed boat used to navigate the Norfolk Broads, was also called in to help with the rescue and retrieved the young mother and baby from the stricken vessel before returning for four more and the animals .

“They were extremely lucky”

Daniel Hurd, coxswain of the Hemsby lifeboat, said the cruiser’s engine was broken and the fact that the boat was tilting meant “those on board were in danger”.

“I would say they were extremely lucky,” Mr Hurd told the BBC. “The rescue was very well done – they really are lifesavers. If it wasn’t for them, we’d probably still be here. »

Shallow waters meant the lifeboat could not approach either vessel and a helicopter was dispatched by the Humber Coastguard to rescue the rest of the group who had become stranded on board the second cruiser .

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