RNLI Clacton help wind surfers in distress
At around 4.10pm on Sunday 27 June, the volunteer crew from Clacton lifeboat station were tasked to reports of two people in distress and clinging to their wind surfing board one mile offshore and adjacent to Clacton golf course.
The crew launched their D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) into moderate sea conditions and overcast skies.
Upon arrival on the scene, it was found that one of the casualties was suffering from exhaustion and was visibly very cold from clinging to their board and being immersed in the water.
The volunteer crew recovered this person to the lifeboat and immediately transferred them back to the shoreline where the casualty was transferred to the care of the local Coastguard. The second casualty had already self-recovered back to the shore.
Both casualties were found to be fit and well, so the lifeboat team were stood down.
The lifeboat returned to the station, was cleaned, and prepared and ready for service again at 5pm.
An RNLI spokesperson commented: 'Although the UK has been experiencing some warmer weather recently, everyone who uses our waters for recreational purposes should be aware that the waters can be colder than expected, at an average of just 12 degrees during June.
'This can be a significant factor when someone runs into difficulties, leading to hypothermia and exhaustion. Why not look at our safety advice page, which may be found at: https://rnli.org/safety for tips on how to stay safe?'.
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For more information please contact Mark Walsham, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: Mark_Walsham@rnli.org.uk
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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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.