Harwich Inshore Lifeboat attends capsized fishing vessel near Felixstowe

Lifeboats News Release

On 4 August 2023 at 10.08am the Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched in response to a call regarding a capsized fishing vessel near Felixstowe Ferry, with two persons on board.

RNLI/Adam Prescott

Harwich ILB

Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that both individuals had safely made it to shore.

However, HM Coastguard requested the ILB to remain on scene and provide a situation report.

The fishing vessel was found aground, heeling over, and partially submerged.

Whilst other fishing boats were helping to try to recover the vessel, it was noted that the tide was rising, potentially complicating the situation further.

After a thorough assessment, it was determined that the most prudent course of action would be for the vessel's owner to return at low water and employ pumping methods to remove the water from the vessel in an attempt to re float it.

After fulfilling their mission and ensuring that all immediate measures had been taken to address the situation, the volunteer crew of the Harwich ILB was stood down at 11.12am

Notes to Editor

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Harwich RNLI is based on The Quay, Harwich. The lifeboat station was founded in 1829 and the volunteer crew use an all-weather Severn class lifeboat (ALB) The Duke of Kent and B class lifeboat (ILB) Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid.

The Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk, is the United Kingdom's largest container port, dealing with 48% of Britain's containerised trade

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