RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch tasked to assist 31’ sailing yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after 2pm on Saturday 3 September the sound of pagers could be heard when the volunteers of RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a 31ft sailing yacht that had unfortunately run aground close to South West Sunk with two people onboard.

RNLI/Peter Harris

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

Upon arrival the incoming tide had refloated the casualty vessel and was at anchor.

RNLI crew members went onboard the casualty vessel to assist with lifting the casualties anchor.

The casualty crew appeared to be disorientated and therefore the RNLI helm decided to escort the casualty vessel to Barrow No. 5 buoy to pick up the channel where they were then able to make their own way back to Burnham under sail.

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