Harwich RNLI launch during Storm Doris
At 7pm on Thursday 23 February, the Harwich RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched following a report of a possible person in the water just off Felixstowe.
The UK Coastguard dispatched a Coastguard Rescue Team from Felixstowe and a helicopter from Lydd to assist in the search.
With the tail end of storm Doris still having an impact, conditions at sea were very challenging.
The lifeboat made its way to the scene to commence a search as close to the reported position of the sighting as possible. Once on scene, the volunteer lifeboat crew decided to launch the Y-boat - a smaller craft stored aboard the all-weather lifeboat - to enable them to search closer to the beach.
The lifeboat crew were stood down later as nothing had been found - the lifeboat returned to station shortly before 10pm.
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