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RNLI Clacton launch to vessel with mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 13 August 2023 just before 9.30am, Clacton-on-Sea volunteer crews received a call of a report of a large 42ft motor vessel declaring a mayday distress call.

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of a mayday call

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of a mayday call

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat David Porter MPS into slight and overcast sea conditions and headed directly to the reported location between Clacton and Gunfleet sands windfarm. It was additionally reported the vessel had engine failure and had no steering with two people and pets aboard.

Enroute to the reported location our crew established radio communications with the vessel and a new location was provided, approximately 1 nautical mile Northeast of the wallet spit way.

Upon arrival on the scene, a lifeboat crew member was safely transferred to the vessel and performed checks on the engine, which was found to be in working order, although had recently overheated. Further investigation of the steering of the vessel found it was defective. The crew in conjunction with the coast guard downgraded the call priority from mayday to pan-pan status as the situation was fully under control.

The crew quickly drew up a plan to escort the vessel to outer Crouch buoy number 4, which the crew successfully did, retrieving their crew member back onto the lifeboat and passing the vessel and occupants into the care of our flank station from Burnham on Sea for their onward passage.

The crew proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service just after noon, and would like to thank the crew from Burnham on Sea for their assistance.

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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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