Early morning call for Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteers to a drifting vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At 4:11am on Wednesday 16 June the sound of the pagers disrupted the sleep of the Walton and Frinton volunteer crew with a call to aid an angling vessel in distress.

RNLI/Dale Steggles

A six-metre angling vessel had broken down and was drifting unsure of their position with two adults and a child on-board. The lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard in order to assess the situation.

The volunteer crew on-board the all-weather Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees launched and headed towards the Naze Tower as this was the rough location the drifting vessel had provided to the Coastguard.

Once in the vicinity of the area no vessels were located. Following further communications, the use of VHF Direction finding equipment and Radar, the vessel was located 4.5 miles to the south of the Naze Tower opposite the Radar mast at Holland On Sea.

With the vessel unable to start their engine and drifting, the Coxswain made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties. With the two adults and one child taken off the vessel, a tow was established and the vessel was taken into Titchmarsh Marina.

Once the vessel was secure at the marina the lifeboat was released allowing her to return to station.

Speaking afterwards RNLI crew member Dale Steggles said: 'While this call had a successful outcome, it also highlighted the importance of having the ability to call for help at all times and being able to provide an accurate position, so not to delay our arrival at times of need.’

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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