Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteers assist vessel with two people on board

Lifeboats News Release

Walton and Frinton RNLI all-weather lifeboat had their first call of 2021 this week.

RNLI/Trevor Halls

The vessel being brought to safety by Walton and Frinton RNLI.

The Irene Muriel Rees and her crew assisted the 8.5m yacht with two people on board on the afternoon of Saturday February 27.

Dover Coastguard made the request for the volunteer crew to launch at 3.40pm on Saturday after the vessel, which was on passage from Brightlingsea to Walton Backwaters, reported that it was in difficulty.

Upon arrival at the yacht’s position, just off Holland on Sea radar mast, a rope was passed and the lifeboat proceeded to bring the vessel back to safety and then helped to moor it at Walton Backwaters.

The lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service again just before 7pm.

On the way the lifeboat crew were also requested by the Coastguard to investigate an object in the water off East Terrace, Walton which had been reported by members of the public. Upon inspection it was found to be a small tree branch.

The RNLI points out that during the Coronavirus emergency our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea. We urge you to follow government instructions. But if you are at the coast, please take extra care and follow safety advice.

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