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RNLI Clacton called with reports of person in water

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 6 October 2023, around 7.10 in the morning, our volunteer crew received a call with reports of a person in the water in the popular area of Marine Parade West.

RNLI Clacton utilising relief lifeboat with call to person in water.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton utilising relief lifeboat with call to person in water.

The crew launched their relief D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) D792 Marie Theresa Bertha Barrass (less than 24 hours after delivery to the station, demonstrating the dedication of the institution to ensure lifeboats are maintained to high standards and the availability of the relief fleet) into a moderate sea and cloudy conditions and headed immediately to the reported location, adjacent to Marine Parade West, to find a casualty at the waters edge. A member of the public had entered the water and recovered the casualty to the shoreline, and medically trained crew members went ashore to assist.

The casualty was breathing but unresponsive and our volunteers helped to maintain the casualty’s airway whilst crews from the East of England ambulance service backed their ambulance onto the beach.

The casualty was then lifted by stretcher by our crew and ambulance crew into the ambulance where the further treatment was provided to the casualty and transported to hospital for further assistance.

The crew were then stood down by and returned to the lifeboat station where the boat was cleaned, refuelled and back on service by 8.15.

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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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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