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RNLI Clacton in multi-agency search for person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 25 February 2023 just before midnight, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station launched to reports of a person in the water.

RNLI Clacton - D-Class lifeboat in night time search to reports of a person in the water.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton - D-Class lifeboat in night time search to reports of a person in the water.

The volunteer crew launched their D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) into a clear but dark night with slight sea conditions and headed to the reported location of Clacton Pier. The crew proceeded to search from the west to east side of the pier searching extensively in and around the pier.

The lifeboat station’s Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat was additionally launched to support, alongside air support from the search and rescue helicopter above.

A thorough shoreline search was then conducted by both volunteer lifeboat crews and the helicopter, but no casualty was located.

Shortly after the crews were informed by Essex Police that the reported individual had been found safe and well ashore. The crews were stood down by the coastguard whereby they returned to the station where the lifeboats were recovered, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 2.10am.

RNLI media contacts

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

RNLI Clacton - D-Class lifeboat in night time search to reports of a person in the water.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton volunteer crew launch to reports of person in the water.

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