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RNLI Clacton respond to reports of children in dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 24 June 2023 just after 1.30pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on- Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of children drifting in an inflatable dinghy.

RNLI Clacton called to reports of children in a dinghy

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton called to reports of children in a dinghy

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ into sunny and calm sea conditions and headed to the reported location by the east side of Walton-on-the-Naze pier.

Upon arrival to the scene, no dinghy was located, but instead a person in a kayak fishing in the area. The volunteer crew liaised with the coastguard, who was able to check with the original caller that the kayak was the vessel of concern.

The crew did a welfare check of the kayaker and was found to be OK.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station, was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 2.30pm.

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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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