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Multiple call outs over the weekend for Harwich RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Harwich RNLI had a busy weekend, launching on several call outs.

Atlantic 85, B907 Launching on Service


Atlantic 85, B907 Launching on Service

The first call came just before 6pm on Saturday 16 June leading to the launch of the inshore lifeboat to a vessel aground at the entrance to the river Deben. On arrival at the scene, the vessel was found to be hard aground, but safe. The occupants laid their anchor and were going to await the next tide. With no further assistance required, the lifeboat was released to return to station.

At 10.45pm, the crew were paged to return to the grounded vessel. With the tide coming in, the inshore lifeboat was requested to provide some safety cover. Stephen Read, the assistant Harbour Master at Felixstowe Ferry had also attended the scene and took the vessel in tow. With the vessel towed to safety, the lifeboat returned to station.

By 2am on Sunday 17 June the inshore lifeboat was called in to action again. A person on board a vessel on the river Orwell was suffering chest pains and required assistance. While crew provided care for the individual and monitored their condition, the lifeboat towed the vessel to the safety of Woolverstone marina. Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand at the marina to secure the vessel and to provide assistance. The person was passed in to the care of East of England Ambulance Service.

On Sunday evening the inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a Kayaker that was thought to be in difficulty off the Felixstowe coast. On arrival at the scene, the person confirmed they were safe and well and didn't require assistance. The call had been made with good intent. While returning to station, the lifeboat attended a yacht that was aground outside Shotley marina. With no assistance required by the occupants, the lifeboat returned to station.

Commenting on a busy weekend for Harwich RNLI, a spokesperson for the station said: 'This weekend has seen our volunteer crew deal with a variety of incidents. The crew are on call 24hours a day, 365 days a year and this weekend alone they’ve answered the call at all hours. It's great commitment.

'The new inshore lifeboat is performing really well and this weekend has seen her operating in the river Orwell, the river Deben entrance, and along the Felixstowe coast.'

RNLI media contacts

Daniel Sime, Lifeboat Press Officer, Harwich Lifeboat Station on 01255 502258, 07793 883797

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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