Harwich RNLI volunteers called to yacht aground
Just before 3pm on Friday 8 April, Harwich RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteers launched to assist a grounded yacht.
After carefully negotiating the entrance to the river Deben, the volunteer lifeboat crew found the yacht to be high and dry. A crew member was transferred on to the shingle bank to check on the vessel's occupants. An anchor was laid in to deeper water to assist with re-floating on the next high tide.
Shortly before 5pm, the lifeboat returned to station and was refuelled and made ready for service.
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