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RNLI Clacton launch to possible vessel fire

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 22 September 2023 just after 7.15pm, volunteer crews from the Clacton- on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of a vessel on fire.

RNLI Clacton in call out to possible vessel fire

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton in call out to possible vessel fire

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat David Porter MPS into clear but dark sea conditions and proceeded to the last reported location approximately 4-5 nautical miles straight off the lifeboat station, towards the windfarm offshore.

The information had come via a 999 call and had stated that there was a small vessel on fire.

Enroute to this location the coastguard requested that the crew return to the area around Pier Gap and await further instruction from Clacton Mobile units, who were also on scene. The Clacton Mobile team were able to confirm with the first informant that what was seen was the windfarm lights.

The crew were stood down and then proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 8.40pm.

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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