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Clacton RNLI assist two in rubber dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were paged on Thursday 9 September at approximately 4.15pm with reports of two casualties that were drifting offshore on an inflatable, just a few yards from the lifeboat station.

RNLI Clacton D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat)

Kevin Jay

RNLI Clacton D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat)

Crew from Clacton lifeboat station launched their D class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar’s Pride into clear and calm conditions and made their way to the inflatable.

Upon arrival the volunteer crew assessed the condition of the two people aboard the inflatable and all were found to be in good health and well. The crew provided a few safety tips to the occupants and then stood down.

An RNLI spokesperson said: 'Always take extra care when using inflatables in and around the water. Clacton have fast tides that are able to sweep inflatables off the shoreline very quickly. In this instance the occupants were in no immediate danger and the call was made to us with good intentions and we were happy to attend. For further information on how to stay safe by and on the water, why not visit our website at for more information.'

After fifteen minutes, the crew was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service again by 4.35pm.

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