RNLI Clacton volunteer crew launch to report of missing children
Volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station launched on Saturday 10 July with reports of three missing children.
Around 8.55pm the crew from Clacton lifeboat station were tasked and launched their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) into clear sea conditions to head to a location adjacent to Sandy Point to search for three children that had been reported missing and to support a land search team from the Coastguard.
Upon arrival on the scene the volunteer crew co-ordinated and conducted a shoreline search from Colne Point to Sandy Point with nothing found and were unable to proceed into Ray Creek due to the low water conditions. The crew liaised with the mobile search unit who were happy for the crew to be stood down, but an additional brief shoreline search was conducted before leaving the scene.
The lifeboat returned to the station, was cleaned, and prepared and ready for service again at 10.15pm.
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