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RNLI Clacton in early morning call to person in water

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 24 September 2023 just after 2.30am, volunteer crews from the Clacton- on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of a person in the water.

RNLI Clacton on early morning call to person in water.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton on early morning call to person in water.

The volunteer crew launched their D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) D-849 Damar’s Pride into moderate sea conditions and dark skies and proceeded to the last reported location to the East of Clacton Pier where the casualty was reported to be.

An initial search did not locate anyone or anything of concern, so the crew landed a crew member onto the beach to liaise with a local Essex Police unit who was on the promenade nearby.

The casualty was found to be in the care of the police crew and needed no further assistance from our crew.

The crew then recovered our crew member onto the lifeboat and after communication with the coastguard the crew were stood down and then proceeded back to the lifeboat station where the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 3am.

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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