Harwich RNLI launch in storm Franklin to support multi-agency rescue

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers of Harwich RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat in challenging conditions caused by 35mph plus winds of storm Franklin, to support a multi-agency rescue of motorists after their vehicles became stranded in flood water from the River Orwell.

RNLI/Richard Wigley

At 2:45pm on Monday 21 February the volunteers of Harwich RNLI launched their Atlantic inshore lifeboat Tierney, Harvey, and Sonny Reid at the request of the UK Coastguard to support a multi-agency rescue of stranded motorists after the River Orwell overwhelmed its banks in the shadow of the Orwell Bridge.

At 3:15pm while making best speed in the challenging conditions of storm Franklin, the volunteers’ seventh service of 2022 was brought to a halt when they received a message from UK Coastguard to report all casualties had been successfully taken to safety and the crew could stand down and return to station.

Arriving back at station the weather conditions were deemed too rough to safely rehouse the lifeboat with the davit crane. A decision was made to tie up in the Harbour Master’s pound.5

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