RNLI Clacton assist vessel run aground
Volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were tasked for the second time in 12 hours to assist a vessel in distress and run aground.
Around 7.00am the crew from Clacton lifeboat station were tasked and launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat into calm and clear sea conditions to head to the last known location 13 miles south east of the station on the long sand on the edge of the London array wind farm.
The lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard in order to assess the situation.
Upon arrival on the scene, the vessel was located with two people aboard and the crew transferred one of the crew onto the vessel to check on the welfare of the occupants, who were found to be well.
The decision was then made that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties
A tow was established and a gentle application of power from the lifeboat resulted in the vessel being pulled to deeper water. The crew member aboard performed checks to the rudder and propulsion system and found no visible damage. The crew member was recovered back to the lifeboat and the crew made for the lifeboat station.
The lifeboat returned to the station, was cleaned, and prepared and ready for service again at 9.15am.
A RNLI spokesperson commented: 'We recommend that anyone using the sailing routes through our area to consult with up to date charts and observe the tide times to avoid running aground. Forward planning and preparation always help avoid these situations, but we are pleased the station were able to help this vessel and for them to continue their journey onwards.'
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