Clacton-on-Sea RNLI in multi-agency search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Clacton-on-Sea RNLI station launched their D-Class ILB (inshore lifeboat) Damar’s Pride in the early hours of Tuesday 22 February to reports of a missing person in a multi-agency search.

Clacton D-Class ILB

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Clacton D-Class ILB

The volunteer crew quickly launched into clear and calm weather conditions to the last reported location adjacent to Clacton pier, and when the crew arrived on scene, they proceeded to conduct a search, one nautical mile both East and West of the initial location to try and locate the casualty.

The crew continued to search for the casualty until a change of crew was required, so around 3.30am the crew returned to the shore where a relief crew took over to continue to search.

Essex Police and Coastguard teams assisted in the search, but after a thorough search both onshore and offshore produced nothing, the RNLI crew were stood down, but Essex Police teams would continue to search and monitor the scene.

The crew returned to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled, and put back on active service shortly afterwards.

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Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or [email protected]

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