Clacton RNLI launch both lifeboats in search for missing girl
The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were paged on Thursday 5 August at approximately 7.00pm with reports of a missing girl who was last seen entering the water to the east side of Clacton pier, near local café Makai Tiki.
Crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar’s Pride into blustery and rainy conditions and made their way to the last reported location.
A thorough search was conducted by the crew from the pier to the vicinity of Lancaster Gardens, with no sign of a casualty. The crew continued to search, conducting a creeping line search pattern to cover the area back to the pier, but once again no casualty was located. A final search of under and around the immediate area of the pier was conducted with no results.
During this initial search the Clacton Atlantic 85 lifeboat David Porter MPS was also launched to assist the search conducting a creeping line sweep from the west side of Clacton pier to Martello tower. Despite a thorough search no casualty was located.
After an hour and fifteen minutes, the crews were stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where the boats were cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service again by 9.00pm.
Author: Mark Walsham – Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.