RNLI Clacton aid motorboat and two occupants

Lifeboats News Release

Clacton-on-Sea RNLI station launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ at approximately 11.30pm on Monday 18 April with reports of two people in distress aboard a motorboat, but without a precise location.

Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

The volunteer crew quickly launched into clear weather conditions and a radar search was conducted and co-ordinates of the vessel was ascertained. The crew made their way to this location, approximately 12 nautical miles offshore.

Once the crew found the casualty vessel, they drew alongside, and a member of the crew was transferred to the casualty vessel.

The crew assessed the situation and it was decided that the safest option was to tow the vessel and they secured a tow line to the lifeboat.

They safely towed the vessel back to Brightlingsea harbour, the closest port, and where repairs could be made to the casualty motorboat, which had suffered engine/battery issues.

The crew returned to the lifeboat station around 4.20am where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled, and put back on active service shortly afterwards.

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Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or [email protected]

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