Harwich and Walton and Frinton RNLI launch as part of multi agency search
At 11.30am on Tuesday 18 August, Harwich RNLI's inshore lifeboat was requested to launch following a report of two people in difficulty close to Felixstowe Pier, struggling against the tide.
Coastguard Rescue Teams carried out a search from shore side, and a Coastguard Helicopter from Lydd was sent to perform a search from the air. Felixstowe NCI, Suffolk Police, East of England Ambulance Service, and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance were all involved in what was a significant multi-agency incident.
Exactly the right call was made today in calling the Coastguard when seeing individuals appearing to be struggling. If you ever find yourself struggling, try to lay on your back and float with arms and legs outstretched.
We would advise anybody that thinks somebody may be in difficulty in the water to dial 999, ask for the Coastguard, and if at all possible, stay where you are to keep eyes on the individual until help arrives.'
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