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Volunteer crew aid yacht in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 9 August 2022 at approximately 6.30pm, crew from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of vessel in difficulties around the Foulness Sands area.

RNLI Clacton's Atlantic 85 Launches to aid a yacht

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton's Atlantic 85 Launches to aid a yacht

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ into slight sea conditions making their way to the last reported location, where the crew quickly located a 26ft Yacht, which initially had run aground, but had re-floated itself into the deep channel.

The crew drew alongside the casualty vessel and one crew member boarded to check on the occupants of which there was a single person aboard. A welfare check was completed, and the casualty was found to be OK and well, so the crew member was recovered back to the lifeboat.

The casualty vessel was escorted by the lifeboat for approximately 1.5 miles as a safety measure to ensure no further problems occurred, and shortly after were stood down by the coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, where it was cleaned, refuelled and put back onto active service by 8.35pm.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact:
Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or
[email protected]

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