Clacton RNLI Mayday launch to person in water

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Clacton RNLI lifeboat station launched on Friday 20 May 2022 around 9pm to reports of a person in the water due to their three-metre dinghy capsizing, a shout of the most urgency.

RNLI Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

The crew launched the Atlantic 85 lifeboat David Porter MPS into windy but clear conditions with only an approximate last known location available.

The volunteer crew used their extensive local knowledge, tools aboard the lifeboat and using a flare launched into the sky, the crew successfully located the casualty approximately a quarter mile off the Gunfleet Sands windfarm.

The casualty was quickly retrieved from the sea and the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, where a welfare check of the casualty was performed, and found that the casualty was okay, just feeling cold from being immersed in the water.

The Clacton crew stood down and the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 11.30pm.

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For more information please contact:
Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or

[email protected]

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