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RNLI Clacton assist broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 28 May 2023 just after 2.20am, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station launched their B-Class Atlantic 85 lifeboat to a broken-down vessel outside of Brightlingsea.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton Launch B-Class to vessel in distress

The volunteer crew launched their lifeboat into clear and calm sea conditions and headed to the reported location outside of Brightlingsea, adjacent to no.8 buoy. Once located, a crew member boarded the vessel and conducted a welfare check of the occupants, who were found to be well.

The crew quickly established a tow line to the stern, and towed the vessel to the southern pontoon where it was put alongside and moored.

The crews were stood down by the coastguard whereby they returned to the station where the lifeboat was recovered, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 4.20am.

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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