No let up for the volunteer crew of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

There was not let up for the Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers on Thursday 25 July when they were called upon by HM Coastguard no less than three times.

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Volunteer crew prepare for launch
The Atlantic Class Tony and Robert Britt was already out mid afternoon where one of the volunteer crew was due to undergo her mock helm pass out, when they were diverted by HM Coastguard after receiving a report of immediate response, person or persons in the water.

This was later updated to person or persons intoxicated and struggling to get ashore at Barlinghall Creek on the River Roach.

Upon arrival the volunteer crew were unable to find the casualty until they finally located the mobile Coastguard with the casualty approximately 400 yards inland.

In conjunction with HM Coastguard, the volunteer crew administered first aid until an ambulance arrived on scene.

Whilst it can be very tempting during a hot spell, alcohol and swimming do not go well together and the RNLI's advice is not to mix the two.

Later in the evening the volunteer crew were again tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a 14’ craft that had broken down near Bridgemarsh close to Althorne with two males onboard, both the Atlantic and D Class were launched to assist.

However, en route the volunteer crew were diverted to assist a yacht that had run aground close to Cliff Reach. Upon arrival the casualty was being assisted by the Burnham-on-Crouch Harbour Master who managed to refloat the yacht and escort it back into Burnham-on-Crouch marina.

The volunteer crew were then able to proceed and attend the broken down yacht where they managed to attach a line and successfully towed her into Bridgemarsh marina.

Upon arrival back in Burnham-on-Crouch marina, the D class and Harbour Master reported hearing a pan pan over the radio however upon investigation it was determined that an alternative lifeboat station was closer to the reported incident and the volunteer crew of Burnham-on-Crouch were finally stood down at approximately 10pm.

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Returning to station with storm approaching in the background

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