Harwich RNLI’s volunteers respond to two vessels in trouble within seven hours

Lifeboats News Release

The Volunteers of Harwich RNLI were called to launch their inshore lifeboat to assist two vessels within seven hours on Friday 9 September.

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The charity’s volunteers first responded to their pagers at 1:38pm after being requested to launch their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Tierney, Harvey, and Sonny Reid by the UK Coastguard - for the 70th time of 2022 - after an 11 metre yacht became entangled with a mooring buoy on the River Stour near Wrabness.

Once on scene the volunteers attempted to free the yacht without success. After discussing the options with the five occupants, the occupants decided to stay on-board and wait for low tide, to hopefully free themselves. The lifeboat and crew returned to station, and were ready for service again by 3:30pm.

Friday’s second service came at 8.38pm. The UK Coastguard requested that Harwich RNLI’s volunteers assess reports of a broken down 3.5 metre vessel in the River Orwell, North of Levington Marina.

After arriving on scene and assessing the situation, it was deemed the safest option was to tow the vessel and its single occupant back to The Royal Harwich Yacht Club. Once the casualty vessel was safely secured, the lifeboat and its crew were released to return to station. The lifeboat was refuelled and readied for its next call out by 10:15pm.

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