RNLI Clacton called to assist vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 13 August 2022 at approximately 4.00pm, crew from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station launched in response to a call of a vessel in distress in the Colne river.

RNLI Clacton-on-Sea Atlantic 85 in call out to assist vessel in distress

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton-on-Sea Atlantic 85 in call out to assist vessel in distress

The volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ into slight sea conditions making their way to the reported co-ordinates.

Upon arrival on the scene, to the East Mersea side of the river Colne, the crew quickly assessed the situation and in talking with the vessel owner it was found that the vessel had been experiencing issues with the electrical system aboard.

The crew assisted the vessel back to Point Clear by providing a tow, where they left the vessel once securely moored.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, where it was cleaned, refuelled and put back onto active service by 5.45pm.

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

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