Burnham on Crouch RNLI volunteers investigate dingy drifting in river
Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers were tasked at 4.30pm on Thursday August 6 by HM Coastguard to investigate the sighting of a rigid 10’ dingy seen drifting in the River Crouch and potentially causing a hazard to vessels in the area.
The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched and located the dingy which upon investigation did not have an outboard engine or any oars onboard and appeared to have been discarded.
The volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI retrieved the dingy and returned to station at approximately 6.20pm local time.
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