Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI in search for missing children.
The volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were tasked shortly after 4pm on 24 August along with South Woodham Ferrers Coastguard Rescue Team, East of England Ambulance Service and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter following reports of people in the water at North Fambridge.
Both the Atlantic and D class lifeboats were immediately launched and proceeded to scene.
Information came through that there was a party of eight paddle boarders (two adults and six children) in the water.
Upon arrival on scene, Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI discovered six of the paddle board party that had been in the water for sometime and suffering the effects of the cold water, had managed to self recover themselves and were safely ashore.
However two children were unaccounted for and an extensive shore line search began.
Thankfully the two children were located by Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI safe and well ashore close to Portmoor Cottage on the Saltings.
A volunteer from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI went ashore to assess all eight casualties and decided that they should be transported to the waiting ambulances for further assessment. Consequently one adult and three children were placed in each lifeboat and taken to the waiting ambulances at Fambridge.
The D Class returned to collect their colleague and along with the Atlantic Class returned to station in time for their scheduled training session later that evening.
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