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RNLI Clacton called to assist inflatable boat

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 9 August 2023 just after 5.30pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton- on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of an inflatable boat requiring assistance 240 metres off Coopers beach, east Mersea.

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of an inflatable boat drifting

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of an inflatable boat drifting

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ into slight and clear sea conditions at headed directly to the reported location near Coopers beach and upon arrival located the vessel, a small inflatable boat that had been tied to a speed marker buoy with a single occupant who was fishing.

The crew approached the owner to provide some safety advice, specifically to advise that the inflatable vessel was unsuitable for the sea conditions in the area, but the occupant was happy to remain at the location.

After communication with the coastguard the crew were stood down and then proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 6.35pm.

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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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