Volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch tasked to assist person in river

Lifeboats News Release

Tasked at 3.48pm on Saturday 22 August by HM Coastguard to reports of a capsized dingy and a person in the water, the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI immediately launched their Atlantic Class lifeboat ‘Tony and Robert Britt’.

Whilst en route to the casualty, they were stood down by HM Coastguard as a passing vessel had safely retrieved the person from the choppy waters of the River.

Follow these 5 basic #FloatToLive steps that could save your life if you get into trouble in the water:

1. Fight your instinct to swim hard or thrash about

2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs

3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float

4. Float until you can control your breathing

5. Call for help or swim to safety

If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, which thankfully someone did on this occasion.

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