Burnham on Crouch volunteers tasked with double shout
A mornings training exercise turned into a double shout for the volunteer crew when they were tasked to assist two sailing boats.
Burnham on Crouch Atlantic Class Tony & Robert Britt had just returned to station around noon on Sunday 6 October following a training exercise when they were dispatched to assist two sailing boats that had run aground about 100 metres apart in the vicinity of Creaksea Sailing Club.
Conditions at the time was close to low water, sea state slight 0.5m-1.25m waves, strong WNW wind gusting up to 32mph.
'Sailing Boat 1' with three people onboard, taking part in their first race, grounded too close to shore for the volunteer crew to attach a line in order to re-float them so their anchor was dropped awaiting the tide to turn.
'Sailing Boat 2' had one person onboard, the volunteer crew managed to attach a line in an attempt to tow the sailing boat into deeper water but this failed so again the anchor of the sailing boat was dropped awaiting the tide to turn.
Later in the day once the tide had turned, both sailing boats successfully refloated without damage or injury to the casualties.
A message of thanks was later received by the volunteer crew: 'We were Sailing Boat 1, I would just like to thank the crew of TRB for their assistance and deploying our anchor to deeper water we re-floated ok and returned to Fambridge on the tide. Help much appreciated guys.'
The message was gratefully received and much appreciated by the volunteers.
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