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RNLI Clacton launch person on inflatable

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 8 July 2023 just after 4.30pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of a person on an inflatable in possible difficulties.

RNLI Clacton launch D-Class lifeboat in response to possible person drifting on an inflatable

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch D-Class lifeboat in response to possible person drifting on an inflatable

The volunteer crew launched their D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into overcast and slight sea conditions and headed to the reported location near Jaywick, adjacent to the three fish tails area.

Upon arrival to the scene the crew located a black coloured kayak, and aboard the vessel was a person fishing. A welfare check of the occupant was conducted, and the person was found to be well and OK. Communications with Dover coastguard confirmed that kayak was the one reported by a concerned bystander.

The crew provided some advice to the kayak owner, and then proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 5.15pm.

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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