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RNLI Clacton break exercises to attend to person with pet in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 25 June 2023 just after 10.15am, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station launched both lifeboats for routine exercising.

RNLI Clacton called to assist pet and owner

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton called to assist pet and owner

The volunteer crew launched both their Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ and D- Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into sunny and calm sea conditions to conduct a MOB (Man Overboard) exercise, and casualty recovery approximately a half mile offshore from the lifeboat station.

At 11am the crew were informed that there was a report of a person with their pet in difficulties around the West Mersea area, and both boats immediately started their passage to the reported location.

Enroute, word came back from the coastguard that the person, and their pet had made their way safely back to shore, and the crew were stood down.

The lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station, were cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 12.30pm.

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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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