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Clacton RNLI help recover yacht that had run aground

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were paged on Friday 20 August at approximately 7.30am with reports of a vessel that had run aground in the vicinity of the London Array wind farm, approximately 14 miles off shore.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton's Atlantic 85 ILB (inshore lifeboat) - David Porter MPS

Volunteer crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat David Porter MPS into clear and calm conditions and made their way to the last reported location.

The casualty vessel was quickly located and the volunteer crew proceeded to check that the person aboard the vessel was okay, which was the case. The crew then waited for the tide to rise slightly, whereupon a secure tow line was established and the vessel was slowly eased off the sand bank.

Once into sufficiently deep water, the tow line was released and the vessel was left to continue its onward journey to Ramsgate.

The crew were stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where the boat was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service again by 11.20am.

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For more information please contact Mark Walsham, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

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