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Walton and Frinton RNLI launched to assist with the search for upturned dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday June 1 saw the pagers activate at 11:24 for the volunteers of Walton and Frinton RNLI to assist with the search for an upturned dinghy 21 miles East of station.

Reports had been made to Dover coastguard by a passing ship that a small dinghy was upturned 21 miles East of the Lifeboat Station in the vicinity of the traffic separation scheme. With Rescue 163 heading to the scene, the Tamar all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) made best possible speed to assist with the search.

As the volunteer crew onboard the ALB approached the scene Rescue 163 reported that they had located the upturned dinghy and dropped a location flare to guide the Lifeboat in. With the dinghy recovered onboard Dover Coastguard request that the crew undertake a search of the area.

With the search completed and Dover coastguard satisfied that the area had been extensively covered, with no further information coming forward the crew were stood down and allowed to return to station.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or email Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or email Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

Rescue 163 overhead upturned dinghy 21 miles East of Walton and Frinton Lifeboat station.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

Rescue 163 overhead upturned dinghy
Upturned dinghy onboard Walton and Frinton Lifeboat after being recovered.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

Upturned dinghy onboard Walton and Frinton Lifeboat

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