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RNLI Clacton launch to 3 people in water

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 24 September 2023 just after noon, volunteer crews from the Clacton-on- Sea RNLI Lifeboat station received a call with reports of three people in difficulties in the sea in the Frinton area.

RNLI Clacton respond to reports of 3 people in the water.

RNLI/Mark Walsham

RNLI Clacton respond to reports of 3 people in the water.

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 B-Class Lifeboat David Porter MPS into moderate sea conditions but with sunny and clear visibility and proceeded to the last reported location near Frinton clock tower.

Upon arrival on the scene the crew found one unresponsive casualty upon the beach, having been recovered from the sea by two bystanders and a paramedic. Two medically trained crew were landed ashore to assist to support the casualty, who was already being assisted by the same paramedic who helped the casualty ashore.

Several local units, including HART, the helicopter medical team and local East of England paramedics, assisted by our crew continued to provide treatment to the casualty before it was agreed to transfer the casualty to hospital via road ambulance.

The crew then reboarded 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 2.30pm.

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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