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Harwich RNLI launched with storm Angus approaching

Lifeboats News Release

Late on Saturday evening, the Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched to a broken down vessel, thought to be in Harwich harbour.

Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat launched on service


Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat launched on service

The vessel had left Shotley Marina a short time earlier with the intention of going to Ipswich. With storm Angus approaching, there were concerns for the safety of the individuals on board the vessel when it was reported to have broken down.

After an initial search of the harbour, information from Harwich VTS suggested that there was a radar target just inside the river Orwell. The lifeboat made its way to the position and located the vessel. A tow was established and the vessel was taken safely to Shotley Marina.

By midnight, the all weather lifeboat was safely alongside at the lifeboat station and was made ready for service.

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