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Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers in late night search for overdue sailing yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Atlantic Class ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ and D Class lifeboats from Burnham-on-Crouch were launched at 9.12pm on Saturday 5 September following a tasking from HM Coastguard to search for a 16’ sailing yacht with three sailors onboard overdue in Creaksea.

RNLI/Peter Harris

16' sailing yacht casualty

The Atlantic Class lifeboat was tasked to search the north shore from Burnham up to Holliwell, with the D Class lifeboat tasked to search the south shore from Creaksea up to Foulness.

The Atlantic Class located the sailing yacht without navigation lights close to Holliwell race mark, with all three sailors quite happily making their way back to Creaksea albeit very slowly due to the wind dropping on them.

The D Class lifeboat was stood down along with Coastguard mobile units.

The sailing yacht was taken under tow back to Creaksea due to the lack of wind and for the safety of the 3 casualties.

Upon arrival in Creaksea the three sailors were left in the hands of South Woodham Coastguard unit for a safety talk.

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