Clacton RNLI volunteers assist 42 foot barge with steering failure
Clacton RNLI volunteers launched to assist 42 foot converted ex Dutch barge suffering steering failure in the Whitaker Channel.
Instructed to assist a vessel near the Whitaker No.4 Buoy, approximately seven miles South West of Clacton Pier, drifting at five knots unable to steer. Walton & Frinton RNLI were also requested to launch as a precaution due to the barge’s size.
It was obvious to the helmsman that the service was within the capabilities of Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic class lifeboat, the Walton RNLI lifeboat was therefore stood down, releasing it for possible future calls for help.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.