Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteers tasked to two searches in a few days
In the first of two call-outs, on the afternoon of Tuesday 9 August, UK Coastguard were alerted by a member of the public concerned for the safety of a possible person in the water off Eastcliff Beach, Walton on the Naze and launched a major search.
Involving Walton and Frinton RNLI, Harwich RNLI, Tendring Beach Patrol and Coastguard teams on the ground and in the air, the search was extensive and lasted over five hours before being scaled down with nothing found and no reports of anyone missing.
Just before 10.30pm on Friday 12 August, UK Coastguard received a report from a member of the public that a windsurfer was in difficulty off Walton.
Walton and Frinton RNLI crew were requested to investigate by UK Coastguard. After an extensive search using specialist equipment carried on the Tamar class lifeboat nothing was found and the volunteers were stood down.
The RNLI is keen to promote beach safety.
Please take all possible precautions, read any safety signs and remain vigilant.
If you see anyone in difficulty please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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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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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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