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#7  Standed Sailor Aground

 17/04/2019 The volunteers of Clacton RNLI assist stranded sailor aground two miles south of St Osyth Beach. Just before 5pm on Wednesday April 17, Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic class inshore lifeboat David Porter MPS was launched at 4.55pm with four crew members aboard at the request of UK Coastguard, to assist a yacht which had run aground two miles south of St Osyth Beach. The yacht was quickly located and found to be hard aground with one person on board. A crew member was placed aboard the vessel to assist with stowing the sails, and prepare for towing. Once the tide had risen sufficiently, the lifeboat towed the yacht to safe water, where the tow line was released allowing the yacht to proceed under its own power while being escorted by the lifeboat. On reaching the Colne Bar and all being well, the crew member returned to the lifeboat, the yacht proceeded to Brightlingsea Harbour while the volunteer crew of the David Porter MPS were stood down by UK Coastguard and returned to station. Probationary Helmsman Brogan Bates took charge of the operation under the watchful eye of Helmsman Joff Strutt. Brogan had this to say; ‘I was nervous initially when I was told I was taking charge of the service as this was my first as helmsman, but Joff told me to just treat it as a training exercise. Those words and the hours of training, faith in my fellow crew members abilities, and the equipment we use settled those initial nerves.’ Brogan went on to say; ‘Faith in our equipment, especially the personal protective equipment we wear is very important in allowing us as volunteers to safely head to sea to help others. This is why campaigns such as the upcoming MayDay campaign is so important to fund our kit, which cost £1800 per crew member.’ Further details on arranging MayDay events can be found at rnli.org.uk Boat: Atlantic 85 (B835)

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#7

Stranded Sailor Aground

 17/04/2019
The volunteers of Clacton RNLI assist stranded sailor aground two miles south of St Osyth Beach. Just before 5pm on Wednesday April 17, Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic class inshore lifeboat David Porter MPS was launched at 4.55pm with four crew members aboard at the request of UK Coastguard, to assist a yacht which had run aground two miles south of St Osyth Beach. The yacht was quickly located and found to be hard aground with one person on board. A crew member was placed aboard the vessel to assist with stowing the sails, and prepare for towing. Once the tide had risen sufficiently, the lifeboat towed the yacht to safe water, where the tow line was released allowing the yacht to proceed under its own power while being escorted by the lifeboat. On reaching the Colne Bar and all being well, the crew member returned to the lifeboat, the yacht proceeded to Brightlingsea Harbour while the volunteer crew of the David Porter MPS were stood down by UK Coastguard and returned to station. Probationary Helmsman Brogan Bates took charge of the operation under the watchful eye of Helmsman Joff Strutt. Brogan had this to say; ‘I was nervous initially when I was told I was taking charge of the service as this was my first as helmsman, but Joff told me to just treat it as a training exercise. Those words and the hours of training, faith in my fellow crew members abilities, and the equipment we use settled those initial nerves.’ Brogan went on to say; ‘Faith in our equipment, especially the personal protective equipment we wear is very important in allowing us as volunteers to safely head to sea to help others. This is why campaigns such as the upcoming MayDay campaign is so important to fund our kit, which cost £1800 per crew member.’ Further details on arranging MayDay events can be found at rnli.org.uk Boat: Atlantic 85 (B835)
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