Harwich and Walton and Frinton RNLI launch as part of multi agency search

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launching on service


Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on the way to the scene and on arrival, began a search from Felixstowe Pier, up the coast towards the river Deben entrance.

As time moved on and with no recent sightings of the individuals, Harwich's all-weather lifeboat was launched, closely followed by Walton and Frinton RNLI's all-weather lifeboat.

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.

After a number of hours searching, with the search extending further up the coast with the tide going out, confirmation was received that the individuals were safely ashore. The search was stood down and the lifeboats returned to station. Harwich RNLI's lifeboats arrived back at station at approximately 3.30pm, four hours after the initial pager activation.

If you're heading to the coast with family or friends, the RNLI would always urge people to look out for each other and update each other on where you are venturing to and for how long.

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.

Commenting on the incident, Harwich RNLI's Lifeboat Press Officer, Daniel Sime said: ‘We were very relieved that this incident had a positive outcome today. This was a significant multi-agency effort, and for the individuals to be found safely ashore is excellent for everybody involved.'

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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For more information please contact Daniel Sime, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Harwich RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard Helicopter performing search


Harwich RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard Helicopter
Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat leaving the harbour

Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
Harwich RNLI All Weather Lifeboat leaving the harbour

Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich RNLI All Weather Lifeboat
Harwich RNLI All Weather Lifeboat performing search

Felixstowe NCI

Harwich RNLI All Weather Lifeboat

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