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Burnham-on-Crouch volunteer crew assist male off Brandy Hole

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham on Crouch volunteer crew were preparing for their usual Sunday morning training exercise when shortly after 10am on 26 May they were alerted by H.M. Coastguard of a person either alongside or in a dinghy in difficulty off Brandy Hole, a large area of saltmarsh in the River Crouch.

D Class on earlier exercise

Adam Prescott

D Class on earlier exercise

The D Class was immediately launched to locate and assist the casualty.

Upon making comms with the coastguard when underway, the information was updated to a person in their dinghy who was unable to make way against the tide and had been stuck on a mooring at Brandy Hole for over an hour and was becoming exhausted. At this time the volunteer crew were unable to establish whether the casualty had been in the water or not.

Best speed was made and the casualty was located in Brandy Hole moorings and it was confirmed that the casualty had not entered the water and was safe and well.

The volunteer crew successfully towed the casualty back to Brandy Hole pontoon and returned to station.

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