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Busy day for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday 24 April proved to be a busy day for the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI when in the morning they attended the funeral of their station chaplain, Cannon Lionel Webber who sadly passed away on 13 April.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Atlantic Class Lifeboat

But the crew barely had time to reflect as they were then tasked at 2.28pm by HM Coastguard to assist a sailing vessel with two adults and two children onboard having difficulty in Paglesham moorings in the River Roach.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to the scene.

Upon arrival it became clear that the two adults had been in their tender making their way to their larger vessel, leaving the children onshore, when the tender capsized throwing both adults into the water.

The female managed to pull herself back into the tender, the male could not and was left clinging to the side.

Fortunately the crew of a passing Dory managed to extract the male from the river onto their Dory were he was assessed by the RNLI crew and found to be cold and tired from his experience.

The RNLI crew transferred him onto the lifeboat and wrapped him in blankets before evacuating him to Essex Marina where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital.

The lifeboat returned to station at 3.50pm and made ready for the next time they would be called upon.

The female casualty remained on scene and returned to shore to comfort the children.

Media Contacts

Peter Harris, Lifeboat Press Officer, Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI Lifeboat Station (07802) 418298 [email protected]


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RNLI/Peter Harris

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