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RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteer crew assist MOD safety vessel

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteer crew were tasked by H.M. Coastguard at 12.11pm Wednesday 13 July to assist a 30’ Bilge Keeled vessel with a lone sailor onboard off Foulness Point.

RNLI/Peter Harris

RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch D Class Lifeboat
The casualty vessel was in the process of being escorted out of MOD Shoeburyness Firing Range by the range safety vessel who asked for assistance.

The D class lifeboat from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch was launched and proceeded to scene.

The casualty vessel was heading towards Mersea.

The volunteer helm from RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch assessed the situation and deemed it necessary to take the casualty vessel under tow from just beyond Crouch Buoy back to Burnham Yacht Harbour.

The casualty vessel did not have a working radio, charts or electronic navigation onboard and for future water safety reasons RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteer crew requested the mobile Coastguard unit from Southend to attend and provide safety advice to the casualty sailor upon arrival in Burnham Yacht Harbour.

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