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Harwich RNLI called to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Harwich RNLI were paged for an immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat on Sunday afternoon following a report of a possible person in the water. A family member of one of the lifeboat crew raised the alarm.

Harwich RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service


Harwich RNLI inshore lifeboat
Within minutes the inshore lifeboat was on the way to the reported position, just off Harbour Crescent.

A number of additional crew were taken to the scene by road in case any additional assistance could be provided from the shore side.

An individual was recovered from the water to the beach and lifeboat crew members immediately commenced casualty care procedures.
Essex Police, East of England Ambulance Service Paramedics, a team from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, and a UK Coastguard Mobile Unit were also tasked to the scene.

Commenting on the incident, Harwich RNLI Coxswain Neal Sandquest said: 'Our crew were on scene very quickly after the initial pager activation on Sunday afternoon and immediately began delivering casualty care. Sadly, despite an incredible level of multi-agency team work including a HEMS team and Doctor, the person did not survive. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the individual.'

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