RNLI Clacton rescue vessel run aground

Lifeboats News Release

The Clacton RNLI lifeboat station launched both their Atlantic 85 and D-Class ILB to exercise this Sunday, but this was cut short when tasked to a vessel run aground.

Clacton tractor launches our D-Class ILB Lifeboat

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Sunday exercising quickly turned into a race to a vessel run aground

Our volunteer crew were conducting routine training this Sunday, involving both our lifeboats when 30 minutes into the exercise our pagers sparked into life and our teams were tasked with assisting a small RIB vessel that had run aground on St Peter’s Flats, south of West Mersea.

Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was unable to get close enough to the casualty vessel, due to the shallow waters, and awaited the arrival of the D-Class ILB, in which time a welfare check of those onboard was conducted and all found to be OK. A tow was attempted with the D-Class, but due again to the shallow water this was not possible. The crew decided to place a tow between both lifeboats and the casualty vessel and using the power of the Atlantic 85 all vessels were recovered into deeper water.

Our crew helped with an engine check of the casualty vessel and all found to be in working order, so left the vessel to continue on its journey.

Both Clacton lifeboats were stood down and were recovered, prepared and ready for service by 12:40.

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