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Four shouts in the space of six days for Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers received their 4th tasking in six days whilst attending the Penant Races event at Burnham Sailing Club during the early evening of Wednesday 25th May.

RNLI/Peter Harris

Atlantic Class Lifeboat 'Tony & Robert Britt' searching the River Crouch.
Whilst the volunteers were ashore they were contacted by H.M. Coastguard over the radio that they had received a radio message just containing the word 'Mayday'.

H.M. Coastguard tasked Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI to search the River Crouch from Burnham as far up river as they could safely navigate.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat Tony & Robert Britt was launched and commenced the search.

Nothing was found and the search was then widened to the mouth of the river.
Again nothing was found.

Clacton-on-Sea RNLI was then tasked to join the search, with Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI searching north along the shoreline to Bradwell across the Raysand, so careful navigation was necessary.

Again nothing was found.

All assets were then stood down at twilight due to lack of light at approximately 9.30pm with Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI arriving safely back at station at 10.10pm.

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