RNLI Harwich’s volunteers assist motor cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of RNLI Harwich assist stranded motor cruiser off Pin Mill.

RNLI Harwich

Library shot of Harwich’s Atlantic 85

At 8.38pm on Tuesday 16 March, RNLI Harwich’s Atlantic class inshore lifeboat Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid was launched with four crew members aboard, at the request of UK Coastguard to assist a motor cruiser off Pin Mill, which had become fouled on a yacht’s mooring.

Arriving on scene it became clear to the RNLI Harwich volunteers that it would be hazardous to try and transfer someone from the motor cruiser to the lifeboat, due to the low visibility, strong Northerly wind and tide, combined with the shallow water around casualty.

After checking on the welfare of the two people aboard the casualty vessel, who were well, had suitable provisions, and in no immediate danger, it was decided the safest option was for the two people to stay aboard their motor cruiser and wait for the tide. As an extra precaution it was arranged for regular radio welfare check-ins be made during the night with UK Coastguard.

Once satisfied the two occupants were safe, and they had done all they could, the RNLI Harwich volunteers returned to station, where the lifeboat was made ready for service.

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