Clacton RNLI team training interrupted to assist Jet Skier

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station, who were conducting routine exercises on Wednesday evening within the boat house, had their plans change when a call came in to assist a jet skier in trouble.

RNLI Clacton D-Class ILB heads out to jet skier

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton D-Class ILB heads out to jet skier

At approximately 7.45pm on Wednesday 21 July, the crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their D-class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar's Pride to a call that a person on a Jet Ski was in trouble, in the Gunfleet Boating Club area, just a few minutes from the station.

The crew made their way to the reported position of the Jet Skier, in calm evening conditions heading toward Gunfleet Boating club, and located the casualty quickly at this location.

The volunteer crew quickly went to the casualty and provided assistance, and a welfare check of the casualty was performed, and was found to be okay. The volunteer crew then assisted in the safe recovery of the Jet Ski and casualty to the Martello Beach area, where a member of the casualty’s family rendered assistance and safely recovered the casualty and jet ski to the shore line.

The lifeboat crew were then stood down returning to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, re-fuelled and checked before going back into service by 9.00pm.

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Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or Mark_Walsham@rnli.org.uk

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