RNLI Clacton launch both lifeboats to people in water
In the early hours of this Sunday 19 November 2023 around 3.45am, Clacton’s volunteer crew launched to reports of multiple people in the water around local Paddle Bay diner.
The crew launched their D-Class ILB (In-Shore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ into slight sea conditions and headed to the last reported location, whereby a search was conducted using torches and thermal imaging cameras, but no casualties were located.
At this stage, it was additionally reported that a further person, a third, may be in the water, so our crew requested the assistance of Clacton’s second lifeboat, the Atlantic 85 B-Class ‘David Porter MPS’, which launched at 4.11am.
Shortly after, two casualties were located on the beach around the area of Vista Road, both had been in the water but had self-recovered to the shore.
Whilst both units then started to replan their search for the third casualty, they were informed that the third casualty was home safe and well. The crew were stood down by the coast guard and the lifeboats returned to the station, were recovered, cleaned, refuelled and back ready on service by 4.57am.
RNLI Clacton Press Officer Mark Walsham said, ‘Should anyone see anyone in difficulties in or around the water, call 999 and ask for the coastguard to call for help.’
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Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or [email protected]
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