RNLI Clacton in late night multi-agency search for two missing in water

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were paged on Thursday 7 September shortly after 11.30pm to reports of people missing in the water in Clacton.

Crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar’s Pride into dark but calm conditions and made their way to the last reported location, where it was reported that a person had got into difficulties whereupon a second person went into the water to assist.

The crew immediately started a perimeter search and when nothing untoward was found a shoreline search was commenced, whilst awaiting the launch of Clacton’s second lifeboat the David Porter MPS to assist. This thorough search, by all units, up to a half a mile offshore did not locate any casualties.

Clacton’s crew were assisted by a number of land based mobile units including those from Holland-on-Sea, Holbrook and the fire service.

The casualties were later found to have recovered themselves from the water and were located on the beach at approximately 12.45am, and were found to be okay.

The crews were stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where the lifeboats were cleaned, refulled and made ready for service again by 1.30am.

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