Early start to a busy day for Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early morning call for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI when they were tasked by HM Coastguard at 7.33am on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

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Atlantic Class lifeboat ‘Tony & Robert Britt’

In response, their Atlantic class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched and set off to assist their colleagues from Clacton on Sea.

A lone rower in an Atlantic rowing boat had been out all night and was having difficulty returning to Burnham-on-Crouch.

Clacton on Sea RNLI located the casualty north of Gunfleet Sands and requested Burnham-on-Crouch take over.

A tow line was established and the casualty was safely towed into Burnham marina.

Later in the evening the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI received their second shout of the day when they were tasked by HM Coastguard at 5.45pm to assist a 24’ sailing yacht in difficulty.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was again launched to assist the sailing yacht with two people onboard and struggling against the wind and tide and had also ran out of fuel.

The casualty was taken under tow from Whittaker 2 into the safety of Essex Marina whereupon the lifeboat returned to station and was prepared ready for the next shout.

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Burnham on Crouch volunteers returning to station

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