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Busy period for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy week for the volunteer crew from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI when they were tasked by UK Coastguard three times within the space of four days.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Shout 20 July Casualty under tow
Their first task was at 5.13pm on Tuesday 20 July when they were tasked to assist a 25’ sailing boat that had run aground.

The Atlantic Class Lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched to assist the casualty that was heading for the Upriver Yacht Club when she ran aground on the Swallow Tail.

Upon arrival on scene, the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI assessed the situation and found the casualty vessel had sustained damage to her rudder. As a consequence the volunteer helm made the decision that taking the casualty under tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualty.

The sound of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteer pagers could be heard again at 12.30pm on Thursday 22 July when they were tasked to assist a 41' sailing boat with four people onboard that had grounded in the vicinity of the River Roach.

Whilst enroute, the rib from Essex Police Marine Unit that happened to be passing, went along side and took two people off the casualty vessel, with the other two remaining onboard. Meanwhile the RNLI volunteers proceeded to the casualty in order to assess the sailing boat and layed out an anchor in case they were tasked to return later if the casualty failed to refloat on the high tide.

The busy week continued when they received their third tasking in four days from UK Coastguard shortly before 8am on Friday 23 July to assist a 40’ motor vessel with four people onboard that had sustained complete loss of steering and rudder problems.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to the south of the Whittaker Beacon where they located the casualty vessel at anchor. Following an assessment of the situation the RNLI volunteer helm made the decision that a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

The RNLI volunteer crew established a towline and successfully towed the casualty vessel back into Burnham Yacht Harbour being the nearest suitable safe haven. Upon arrival the casualty motor vessel was lifted out of the water so that her rudders could be checked out.

Following inspection it was found that her rudders were loose, possibly sheared from their shaft and the steering was locked. Whilst the inspection was being carried out, the RNLI volunteers returned the Atlantic Class lifeboat to station and prepared her for the next occasion that she would be called upon.

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For more information please contact Peter Harris, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07802 418298 or email: [email protected]

RNLI/Peter Harris

Shout 22 July Casualty vessel aground

RNLI/Peter Harris

Shout 23 July Casualty under tow

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