Volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch tasked to assist Atlantic Rowing Boat
Easter Saturday at 4.30pm the volunteers of Burnham-On-Crouch RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist an Atlantic Rowing Boat in difficulty with 2 persons onboard.
The Atlantic Class lifeboat ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ was launched and upon arrival at the casualty it was established that the casualty had dragged her anchor and was being blown by the wind up against the sea wall on the south shore.
The 2 individuals aboard the casualty had tried to row themselves away from the shore to no avail, each time they made an attempt they were blown further on.
The casualty vessel was eventually taken under tow by the volunteers of Burnham-On-Crouch RNLI and towed to safety back into Burnham.
Both individuals on the casualty vessel are safe and well.
Don’t let the weather spoil your activity on the river. Always check the weather forecast and river conditions before you set off. Get regular updates if you are planning to be out for any length of time and be prepared to change your plans or cancel your activity if the forecast is unfavourable.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.