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Clacton Lifeboat called to the aid of a speedboat

At 11.40am Clacton's Atlantic 85 'David Porter MPS' was launched at the request of Dover Coastguard to a 18-21ft speedboat with 3 people on board that was taking on water. The boat was reported to be about 1 mile out, somewhere between Brightingsea and Mersea.

On reaching Colne Point the Lifeboat began a search; at the same time Dover Coastguard asked the speedboat to fire one of its hand held smoke flares. The crew of the Atlantic 85 saw the smoke and promptly came alongside the speedboat.

A crew member was placed on-board with a salvage pump, and began pumping out the water while it was still at anchor. Once this was completed the anchor was weighed and the Lifeboat took it in tow to Point Clear, from where it launched earlier in the day. Two crew members helped recover the boat to its trailer before returning to the Lifeboat, which then made its way back to station, where it was recovered at 13:15.

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