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Busy afternoon for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was the start of a busy afternoon for the volunteers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI when the sound of their pagers could be heard at 12.20pm on Friday 20 May.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Second casualty under tow into Essex Marina.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers were tasked by H.M. Coastguard to assist a 24’ fishing vessel with reported engine failure by Buxey Sand with three people onboard.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was immediately launched and proceeded to the reported location of the casualty vessel.

Upon arrival on scene it was found that the casualty vessel had issues with their propeller, prop shaft and rudder.

The volunteer Helm from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI assessed the situation and determined that the best and safest course of action was to take the casualty under tow into Essex Marina.

Just as they were arriving in Essex Marina with the casualty vessel under tow, Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI received a second tasking from H.M. Coastguard when at approximately 2.45pm and following reports of a 10 metre fishing vessel that had sustained engine failure with five people onboard.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt proceeded to Whitaker Beacon to locate the casualty vessel.

Upon arriving on scene it was found that the casualty vessel had diesel / filter issues. Once again the volunteer Helm from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI assessed the situation and determined that the best course of action was to take the casualty vessel under tow into Essex Marina where they arrived at approximately 6.30pm ending a mammoth six hours of ‘saving lives at sea’.

All six of Essex’s RNLI stations were out on shouts at the same time on Friday only made possible by the continued generous support from the public.

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