Volunteer crew launch to assist sailing boat

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 15 August 2022 at approximately 7.20pm, crew from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call to assist a sailing boat that has run into difficulties.

Sailing boat typical of those requesting help in and around Clacton-on-Sea

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Sailing boat typical of those requesting help in and around Clacton-on-Sea

The volunteer crew launched their D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into calm sea conditions making their way to the last reported location and quickly located the casualties. The vessel was unable to make its way back to the beach.

The crew proceeded to establish a tow line to the casualty vessel, and successfully towed the vessel back to the beach. Safety advice was provided to the two casualties, who were in good health and OK before leaving the scene.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, where it was cleaned, refuelled and put back onto active service by 8.20pm.

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