Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers come to the aid of five day trippers
Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard at 3.47pm on Saturday 18 September to assess the situation regarding two RIBS that had grounded.
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Tony and Robert Britt was launched to assist the two, eight metre RIBS that had run aground by Foulness Sands, just south of Whittaker No. 6 buoy with a total of five people onboard.
The casualties were on a day out from Bradwell on Sea exploring the sea forts when they unfortunately ran aground on their return trip.
Arriving on scene, the volunteer helm from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI assessed the situation and made the decision that the safest way to assist the casualties was to take all five back to Burnham aboard the lifeboat.
The casualties retrieved both RIBS the following day.
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