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Harwich RNLI launch during Storm Doris

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Harwich RNLI launch to person in the water


Harwich RNLI

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.

RNLI media contacts

• Daniel Sime, Lifeboat Press Officer, Harwich Lifeboat Station on 01255 502258, 07793 883797
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.

Harwich RNLI launch to person in the water


Harwich RNLI

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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