Busy start to the month for RNLI volunteers at Walton & Frinton lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

There was a hectic start to July for the volunteer crew of the Walton and Frinton RNLI all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Brian Hosford

Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees

The first call came on the afternoon of Friday 1 July at 2.15pm when UK Coastguard requested the team go to the assistance of a yacht which had lost steering and was being pushed towards a sandbank.

The vessel was located 10 miles out to sea and, after making an assessment of the situation, the lifeboat coxswain decided to tow the yacht to the nearest safe mooring at Shotley Marina.

The Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees and her crew were back in their berth at Walton Pier in the early evening but just over 24 hours later they were back in action.

On Saturday July 2 at 7.15pm they were asked to assist an eight metre long angling vessel that had difficulties. Again the situation was assessed, and it was decided that the safest option was to take the vessel to the entrance of the River Blackwater where West Mersea RNLI took over to bring the boat back into harbour.

Walton and Frinton lifeboat then returned to the Pier mooring around 10.30pm.

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For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or [email protected]

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