RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteers receive two taskings in nine hours

Lifeboats News Release

Friday evening on 19 August marked the start of a busy period for the volunteers from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch when they received two taskings from H.M. Coastguard within the space of nine hours.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Atlantic & D Class Lifeboats from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch
The first call came through shortly before 10pm on Friday evening when they were tasked to assist a 39’ yacht with four people onboard.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to scene.

Upon arrival on scene it was established that the casualty vessel had suffered from a lack of cooling water to the engine whilst at anchor in the vicinity of Cliff Reach.

The volunteer helm from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch assessed the situation and deemed the best and safest course of action was to take the casualty under tow into a swinging mooring at North Fambridge.

Then at 6.45am on Saturday morning 20 August, RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch received an early morning tasking to assist a small yacht in difficulty approximately 100 metres from Sutton Wharf.

On this occasion the D class lifeboat was dispatched however the yacht owner managed to recover the issue and requested for the lifeboat to be stood down.

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