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RNLI Clacton called to person on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 23 June 2023 just after 2.10pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call out to a person cut off by the tide on the rocks, shouting for help.

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of person on rocks

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton launch to reports of person on rocks

The volunteer crew launched the D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into clear and slight sea conditions and headed to the reported location to the east of Clacton Pier. Upon arrival to the scene, the casualty was located clinging to the rocks as the tide started to flood. The crew quickly assessed the casualty with a welfare check, and when found to be OK, a plan was quickly established to identify a safe route across the flat top of the rocks to evacuate the casualty.

The crew assisted the casualty safely across the rocks and back to the beach, where an East of England ambulance team were waiting, shortly followed by a unit from Essex Police. Due to the number of onlookers and to respect the casualty’s privacy, the crew transported the casualty back to the lifeboat station where they were passed the casualty into the care of the medical teams for further checks.

Mark Walsham, Lifeboat Press Officer for RNLI Clacton said “We are pleased that we were able to assist the casualty in their safe return to the beach. Clacton’s beaches are wonderful, but there are still risks all around us. Our advice is to read the local signs along the beach that provide key safety information, check the tide times to avoid being caught out by a rapidly returning tide, and if going into the water, wear a life jacket or take a personal buoyancy aid. We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the beach safely.”

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 3.15pm.

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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