Clacton RNLI’s volunteers respond to reports of a stranded jet skier

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Clacton RNLI responded to a launch request from UK Coastguard after a jet skier gets stranded in the mud.

At 4.30pm August 11, by request of UK Coastguard the D class inshore lifeboat, Arthur Hamilton, was launched on to a moderate sea with a 10mph south westerly wind, after reports had been received of a jet skier stuck in the mud near Point Clear.

After a choppy passage, the volunteer crew of the RNLI Lifeboat located the stricken jet ski at the northern end of Ray Creek, near Point Clear. The casualty was towed to Point Clear, where they were met by the Coastguard mobile unit. An ambulance had been requested by the helmsman due to the length of time the jet skier had been stranded in the open, and a language barrier made it very difficult for the crew to undertake a proper assessment. One of the coastguards through a third party translating managed to ascertain everything was ok with the casualty, and the ambulance was cancelled.

Once the casualty and their jet ski were safely taken across the water to Brightlingsea, the volunteer crew were stood down to return to station, where the lifeboat was rehoused and ready for service by 6.20pm

This was the 47 incident that the volunteers at Clacton RNLI have attended so far this year, none of which would have been possible without the fantastic support received from the local community.

Anyone venturing into the sea is urged to be careful, and if they get into difficulty, remember to;

‘Give Yourself a Floating Chance’

1. Fight your instincts to thrash around

2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs

3. If you need to, gentle move your arms and legs to help you float

4. Float until you can control your breathing

5. Only then call for help or try to swim to safety

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or

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Clacton RNLI

on route to Point Clear with casualty and their jet ski

Clacton RNLI

unable to get to casualty, a crew member had to walk to them

Clacton RNLI

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