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#21 MAYDAY

 30/06/2019 Clacton RNLI’s volunteers respond to Mayday call 10 miles from Clacton Pier The volunteers of Clacton RNLI responded to a Mayday call from a yacht aground on the South West Sunk sand bank, 10 miles south east of Clacton Pier. At 8.25am June 30, by request of UK Coastguard the RNLI Atlantic class inshore lifeboat, David Porter MPS, was launched on to a slight/moderate sea with a 16mph westerly wind. The volunteer crew of four were tasked with locating the stricken vessel and assisting it and its occupants to safety. The wind farm support vessel Windcat 18 was standing by just in case assistance was needed before the arrival of the Lifeboat, as it too had responded to the yacht’s Mayday call on Ch16.  (All vessels monitor this channel.) Just as the RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene the 34ft yacht managed to refloat and get free of the sand bank. After ascertaining the welfare of the man, woman, and child aboard the yacht, and its condition, the occupants were happy to make their own way back to West Mersea unaccompanied. The crew of the David Porter MPS lifeboat were then stood down by UK Coastguard to return back to station, where they were recovered at 9.30am. The owner of the yacht later sent a message to the volunteers which read; ‘Just wanted to say a big thank you for coming out to us today. Even though we had managed to refloat it was a comforting sight to see you and we are very grateful. We are now safely back on our mooring at West Mersea.’ Helmsman Danny Thatcher said; ‘Not every job is high drama, we are often only needed for reassurance after a mishap, for which we are always happy to oblige. This service highlights one of the biggest dangers in our area for water craft.  A good understanding of chart work is essential to avoid the sand banks, and submerged objects, such as the rock break waters which can’t be seen at high water.’  Boat: Atlantic 85 (B835)

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#21

MAYDAY

 30/06/2019
Clacton RNLI’s volunteers respond to Mayday call 10 miles from Clacton Pier The volunteers of Clacton RNLI responded to a Mayday call from a yacht aground on the South West Sunk sand bank, 10 miles south east of Clacton Pier. At 8.25am June 30, by request of UK Coastguard the RNLI Atlantic class inshore lifeboat, David Porter MPS, was launched on to a slight/moderate sea with a 16mph westerly wind. The volunteer crew of four were tasked with locating the stricken vessel and assisting it and its occupants to safety. The wind farm support vessel Windcat 18 was standing by just in case assistance was needed before the arrival of the Lifeboat, as it too had responded to the yacht’s Mayday call on Ch16.  (All vessels monitor this channel.) Just as the RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene the 34ft yacht managed to refloat and get free of the sand bank. After ascertaining the welfare of the man, woman, and child aboard the yacht, and its condition, the occupants were happy to make their own way back to West Mersea unaccompanied. The crew of the David Porter MPS lifeboat were then stood down by UK Coastguard to return back to station, where they were recovered at 9.30am. The owner of the yacht later sent a message to the volunteers which read; ‘Just wanted to say a big thank you for coming out to us today. Even though we had managed to refloat it was a comforting sight to see you and we are very grateful. We are now safely back on our mooring at West Mersea.’ Helmsman Danny Thatcher said; ‘Not every job is high drama, we are often only needed for reassurance after a mishap, for which we are always happy to oblige. This service highlights one of the biggest dangers in our area for water craft.  A good understanding of chart work is essential to avoid the sand banks, and submerged objects, such as the rock break waters which can’t be seen at high water.’  Boat: Atlantic 85 (B835)
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