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Bank Holiday tasking for the volunteer crew of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers received a tasking from H.M. Coastguard at 10.28am on Saturday 4 June to attend a 40’ sailing boat aground close to Whittaker No. 2 buoy.

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Volunteer crew making their way to the A85 Boat House

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was launched and proceeded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the volunteer RNLI Helm assessed the situation and made the decision that the best and safest course of action was to wait for the rising tide so that a volunteer crew member could be placed onboard the casualty vessel.

A tow line was established and the casualty was dragged off the sands.

The tow was dropped once the casualty was in deeper water whereupon RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch escorted the casualty vessel into the mouth of the river where the RNLI crew member rejoined colleagues on the lifeboat and returned to station where they arrived at approximately 1.45pm.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was then cleaned and made ready for next service.

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For more information please e-mail Peter Harris, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

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A85 leaving the Boat House.

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A85 leaving Burnham Marine enroute to casualty.

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