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RNLI Clacton called to assist motor vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 12 August 2023 just after 9.15pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on- Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of a motor vessel in distress.

RNLI Clacton launch to motor vessel in distress

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch to motor vessel in distress

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat David Porter MPS into moderate sea conditions and headed directly to the reported location, approximately 3 nautical miles south of Jaywick’s Martello tower, but upon arrival a search was conducted but no vessel was found.

The crew were then provided another location via the coastguard, which was searched with nothing found, and finally a third location where the crew successfully located the vessel, a 36ft motor cruiser, just off Jaywick beach.

Talking with the owner, who was found to be fit and well, the crew agreed a plan to tow the vessel back to a mooring in Brightlingsea where it would be secured for the night. The crew established a tow line and successfully towed the vessel from Mersea stone to Brightlingsea marina.

The crew proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service just after midnight.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact:
Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or
[email protected]

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