Clacton RNLI volunteers rescue person in water

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station responded to a call to launch their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) with reports of a person in the water, west of Clacton pier and experiencing difficulties.

RNLI D-Class ILB heading to rescue

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI D-Class ILB heading to rescue

At approximately 6.40pm on Friday 16 July, the crew from Clacton lifeboat station were tasked and launched the ILB into calm seas and light winds to head to the west of Clacton pier with reports of a person in difficulty by the pier.

Upon arrival to the reported location, the volunteer crew located the casualty, who was being assisted by the pier staff who had thrown a life ring down to the casualty and were monitoring the situation. The crew assisted the casualty aboard the lifeboat at which point the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station to further assess the casualty, and an East of England ambulance was requested.

The casualty was taken into the station to warm up, and was provided with a warm drink whilst being monitored.

Upon arrival of the ambulance crew, a further assessment of the person was conducted and it was decided to transfer the patient to Colchester hospital for further assessment and treatment.

The lifeboat supporting crew during this time readied the lifeboat and it was back on service at 7.00pm.

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