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Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers assist broken down motor boat

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers of the volunteer lifeboat crew from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI again sounded out at 7.48pm, Monday 26 July when they were requested by the UK Coastguard to assess the situation regarding a broken down vessel that had sustained engine failure by Outer Crouch No. 3 buoy with two people onboard.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI on way to casualty
Tony and Robert Britt the Atlantic Class lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene within minutes.

The people onboard the motor boat were attempting to make their way back on an auxiliary outbound engine but unfortunately were struggling to make headway against the outgoing tide and was low on fuel.

Upon arrival on scene and having assessed the situation, the RNLI volunteer helm made the decision that the safest way to assist the casualty vessel was to take it under tow.

A tow line was quickly established and the casualty was successfully towed into Essex Marina being the nearest suitable facility.

A Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI spokesperson said: ‘Upon arrival and grateful for the assistance provided by the RNLI volunteers, the casualties made a generous donation that was gratefully received.'

RNLI/Peter Harris

Casualty under tow

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