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Volunteer crew launch to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 18 August 2022 at approximately 8.00pm, crew from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call to reports of a person in the water in the vicinity of Clacton pier.

Clacton Pier - A dangerous place to enter the water at any time of the day

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Clacton Pier - A dangerous place to enter the water at any time of the day

The volunteer crew launched their D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into slight sea conditions making their way to the West side of Clacton pier, where a search was conducted, but with no sightings of the casualty. The crew proceeded under the pier to the East side and continued the search.

The casualty was then spotted on the beach with members of the Essex Police force, and the decision was made to land a crew member to the beach to offer any assistance as necessary. The crew member was assured that no further assistance was required, so the crew member returned to the lifeboat.

The crew were then stood down by the HM Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, where it was cleaned, refuelled and put back onto active service by 9.00pm.

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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