Clacton RNLI involved in late night multi-agency search
Volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station responded to a call to launch both their Atlantic 85 and D-Class ILB (inshore) lifeboats to reports of a person in the water near Clacton Pier, the third call out in three days.
At approximately 11.30pm the crew from Clacton lifeboat station were tasked and launched both their lifeboats into moderate seas but with dark skies due to no moonlight, to head to the pier due with reports of an individual in difficulties around the pier.
Upon arrival to the last reported location, the volunteer crew performed a full search of the immediate area, but nothing was found, so continued to perform a shoreline search, approximately 200m off the shore towards Jaywick which once again resulted in nothing found.
The crew were then joined in the search by Rescue 163 helicopter which performed a number of searches from the air, at which point Dover coastguard contacted all search units to stand down. The potential casualty had been found by an inland crew, so the Clacton lifeboats returned to the station.
The lifeboats both returned to the station, were recovered, cleaned, and prepared ready for service again by 01.00 hours.
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