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Early start on Bank Holiday Monday for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early start for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI when at 8.10am on 30 August 2021 they were tasked by UK Coastguard to asses the situation of a 34' sailing vessel with two people onboard that had run aground just south of Buxey No. 2.

Photograph taken by casualty owner.

Casualty Vessel - Photograph taken by casualty owner.
The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to scene where upon arrival it transpired that the casualty had run aground due to their GPS showing them to be mid channel rather than over the sand.

Burnham-on-Crouch volunteer crew assessed the situation and the volunteer helm made the decision to lay out an anchor for the casualty and made sure they were set for the day whilst awaiting the incoming tide.

The volunteer crew launched again later in the day and proceeded to the casualty where they stood by while the casualty vessel re-floated.

All was good and once re-floated the casualty vessel carried on their journey to the River Orwell.

The lifeboat returned to station around 5.20pm and made ready for the next occasion that they would be called upon.

Upon returning home, the volunteer helm received the following poem from the grateful owner of the casualty vessel:-

It doesn't take long

On Morning Song

To run aground

Or we’ve found

We hope your boat

Will start to float

And you can say Goodbye

To the helpful guy from the RNLI!

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