Clacton RNLI lifeboat multi-agency assistance for children in water
At approximately 9.20am on Thursday 22 July, the crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their D-class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar's Pride to reports that there were children in the sea around Clacton pier and were showing signs of distress and were in difficulties.
The volunteer crew headed to the reported location and were able to assist a paramedic team from Harwich in providing immediate medical assistance and the safe recovery of the casualties, consisting of two children and one adult to the shoreline.
Two East of England ambulance teams and the Heart air ambulance were on the scene who quickly took the casualties into their care, transporting the three to Colchester hospital for further tests.
Reports back from the hospital that all three casualties were safe and doing well was welcomed news for everyone.
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 9.30am.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.