Clacton RNLI and Walton & Frinton RNLI assist yacht in rough sea conditions

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Clacton RNLI, along with those of Walton & Frinton RNLI, were called to assist a yacht suffering total power failure in rough sea conditions.

At 5.30pm on 6 August, the volunteers of Clacton RNLI launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat David Porter MPS into a 25 knot south westerly, creating rough sea conditions, after UK Coastguard had requested their assistance in locating a 28-foot yacht, suffering from complete power failure, and unable to deploy their anchor.

The volunteers made best safe speed in the rough conditions to the yacht’s reported position of Colne Bar, but found nothing. A quick trip to Colne Point in case the location had been confused, but still no sighting. Unable to make contact via radio, the Coastguard managed to make contact via a mobile phone. Admitting he was confused about his location, the skipper did say he could see the radar mast at Holland Haven. The lifeboat duly headed in that direction, checking on various yachts until they sighted the yacht in distress one-mile south east of Frinton-On-Sea’s Connaught Ave.

Once alongside, a crew member was placed aboard the yacht, which was totally at the mercy of the elements. They checked on the welfare of the occupant and made preparations for a tow towards Harwich.

Clacton RNLI’s lifeboat was met by Walton & Frinton RNLI’s lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees at Pye End buoy, three miles north of the Naze Tower. The tow was transferred for the onward journey to Shotley Marina.

While returning to station after transferring the tow, Clacton’s Atlantic 85 was requested to check on the welfare of another yacht off the Naze, after 999 calls had been received. They were guided onto the yacht in question by the Clacton Coastguard mobile unit.

All was well aboard the yacht, allowing the crew to return to station, where they were recovered and ready for service by 8.45pm.

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Atlantic 85 crashing through waves

Paul Bocking Photography

Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 on service
Crew member scrambling aboard casualty yacht

Clacton RNLI

Crew member scrambling aboard casualty yacht

Clacton RNLI

Preparing for towing

Clacton RNLI

Tow transferring to Walton & Frinton RNLI

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