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#8 MAYDAY

 19/04/2019 At 3.15pm on Good Friday, Clacton RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat ‘Arthur Hamilton’ (from relief fleet) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a Mayday call was received from a vessel somewhere between Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe. The three volunteers aboard the lifeboat located the casualty vessel high and dry approximately one mile down river from Wivenhoe.The lifeboat was manoeuvred as close as safely possible, but the crew could still only communicate with the occupant by shouting. The occupant reported to be safe and well and was happy to wait aboard their motor vessel until the next flood tide. Understandably they did however request assistance in navigating to Brightlingsea once their vessel had re-floated, to prevent them going aground again. It was agreed that the lifeboat would return on the next flood tide and escort them into Brightlingsea. On route back to station the volunteer crew assisted a capsized sailing dinghy, before continuing back to station, where they were recovered at 4.45pm. At 9.45pm the lifeboat was relaunched. On arrival alongside the vessel a crew member was transferred across to help manage the tow. Once in safe water the tow line was dropped and the lifeboat escorted the vessel into Brightlingsea Harbour, where it was placed on its berth. With all being well, the crew member returned to the lifeboat and returned to station, arriving at 1am on 20 April. Senior Helmsman Tim Dye, who was aboard the relaunched lifeboat, said; ‘We don’t often get chance to practice this far up river, so the relaunch proved a good training exercise for newer crew members, as well as the reassurance it gave to the occupant of the vessel.’ Boat: D Class (D774)

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#8

MAYDAY

 19/04/2019
At 3.15pm on Good Friday, Clacton RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat ‘Arthur Hamilton’ (from relief fleet) was launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a Mayday call was received from a vessel somewhere between Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe. The three volunteers aboard the lifeboat located the casualty vessel high and dry approximately one mile down river from Wivenhoe.The lifeboat was manoeuvred as close as safely possible, but the crew could still only communicate with the occupant by shouting. The occupant reported to be safe and well and was happy to wait aboard their motor vessel until the next flood tide. Understandably they did however request assistance in navigating to Brightlingsea once their vessel had re- floated, to prevent them going aground again. It was agreed that the lifeboat would return on the next flood tide and escort them into Brightlingsea. On route back to station the volunteer crew assisted a capsized sailing dinghy, before continuing back to station, where they were recovered at 4.45pm. At 9.45pm the lifeboat was relaunched. On arrival alongside the vessel a crew member was transferred across to help manage the tow. Once in safe water the tow line was dropped and the lifeboat escorted the vessel into Brightlingsea Harbour, where it was placed on its berth. With all being well, the crew member returned to the lifeboat and returned to station, arriving at 1am on 20 April. Senior Helmsman Tim Dye, who was aboard the relaunched lifeboat, said; ‘We don’t often get chance to practice this far up river, so the relaunch proved a good training exercise for newer crew members, as well as the reassurance it gave to the occupant of the vessel.’ Boat: D Class (D774)
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