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Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers assist fishing boat with seven people onboard

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were contacted by HM Coastguard at 4.35pm on Saturday 11 September to asses the situation regarding a 10 metre fishing boat that had sustained engine failure with seven people onboard near to Inner Crouch.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Atlantic class lifeboat 'Tony & Robert Britt'

The casualty had contacted the Coastguard who put out a CH 16 message requesting assistance from any vessels in the vicinity.

No response to the request was received and therefore HM Coastguard tasked Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI to assess the situation.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to scene where upon arrival the RNLI volunteer helm, having assessed the situation, made the decision that the safest way to assist the casualty was to take her under tow.

A volunteer RNLI crew member boarded the casualty to establish a tow line.

Once established the casualty with seven grateful fishermen onboard was safely towed into Essex Marina being the nearest safe haven.

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