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RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteers search for overdue Kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

The busy period for RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch volunteers continued when at 6.20pm on 26 July 2023 they received another tasking from HM Coastguard.

RNLI/Peter Harris

RNLI Burnham-on-Crouch D Class Lifeboat

It was a case of launching both the Atlantic class Tony and Robert Britt and D class lifeboats to search for an overdue kayaker that had left Creeksea earlier in the day heading up river towards Althorne.

The D class lifeboat was tasked to search from Creeksea up to Althorne creek whilst the Atlantic class was tasked to search further up river to Fambridge.

As the D class was passing through the Essex Marina mooring, the volunteer RNLI crew spotted a passing yacht when the occupants drew their attention. Upon approaching the yacht they found the kayaker safely on board.

Upon further investigation the yacht had broken down and the kayaker had gone to offer assistance.

At this point the Atlantic class lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

The yacht was sailing back to Burnham Marina but as they had no engine the D class lifeboat took them under tow and brought them back to their berth in Burnham Marina.

The kayaker was taken on board the D class and safely returned to his family at the lifeboat station.

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RNLI/Peter Harris

Atlantic Class Lifeboat from Burnham-on-Crouch.

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