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RNLI Clacton called to sighting of red flare

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 24 August 2023 at 11pm, Clacton-on-Sea volunteer crews received a call to reports of a red flare, something used to tell other sea users that a vessel is in distress was seen in the Point Clear area.

RNLI Clacton launch Atlantic 85 in response to reports of red flare

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch Atlantic 85 in response to reports of red flare

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat David Porter MPS into calm sea conditions and headed directly to the reported location around Point Clear.

The crew continued to Colne Point buoy and received a request from the coastguard to perform a search down to Thirstlet buoy into the backwaters. After a thorough search was conducted, nothing unusual was found.

The crew proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service just before 1am.

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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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