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RNLI Clacton launch to reports of wing foiler in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

On a windy and blustery late afternoon on 17 October 2023 around 4.45pm, Clacton’s volunteer crew received a call with reports of a person experiencing difficulties around the Esplanade area of Holland-on-Sea.

RNLI Clacton Atlantic 85 B-Class Lifeboat assists wing foiler

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton Atlantic 85 B-Class Lifeboat assists wing foiler
Launching their Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat David Porter MPS into overcast and moderate to rough sea conditions, the crew made their way to the last reported location, where the casualty was located, and the crew escorted the casualty back to the shore.

After checking that the casualty was safe and well, the crew left and returned to the lifeboat station, where the lifeboat was successfully recovered, cleaned, refuelled and back ready for service just before 6pm.

Lifeboat Press Officer Mark Walsham said ‘We want everyone to enjoy our coastal waters in and around Clacton and to stay safe, and we were happy to assist the casualty return to the shore safely.

Remember when planning to go out onto the water:
  • Check the weather forecasts and tide times
  • Let someone know you will be out on the water if alone
  • Always use a personal flotation device
  • Carry a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch so you can call for help
  • Check the RNLI website for useful hints and tips to stay safe

Should you see anyone in trouble, call 999 and ask to speak to the coastguard.’

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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