RNLI Clacton respond to reports of upturned vessel
The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were paged on Thursday 2 September shortly after 8.00pm with reports of an upturned vessel approximately half a nautical mile south off Lion Point.
Crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat David Porter MPS into overcast and slight conditions and made their way to the last reported location.
Upon arriving, the volunteer crew located an Atlantic rowing boat at anchor with one person onboard, who was found to be well and in no distress. The crew relayed the details of this vessel and its plans to Dover coastguard as a safeguard to the sole occupant of the vessel.
The crew proceeded with a number of area searches to try and locate any other vessels, but with none found.
After around thirty minutes of searching, the crew was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service again by 8.45pm.
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