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A mornings exercise for the volunteer crew of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI turns into a double shout.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI on exercise before ‘shouts’

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI on exercise before ‘shouts’

Both the Atlantic – Tony and Robert Britt and D class lifeboats were out on exercise when at approximately 10:45 A.M. on Sunday 23 June H.M. Coastguard directed the Atlantic to the mouth of the River Roach to assist a small fishing vessel in difficulty.

Upon arrival it was established that the fishing vessel with 2 people onboard had sustained engine failure.

A RNLI volunteer crew member boarded the casualty vessel and successfully attached a tow line.

The Atlantic proceeded to tow the casualty safely back to Essex Marina on Wallasea Island.

On arrival in Essex Marina, H.M. Coastguard tasked the volunteer crew of Burnham-on-Crouch with their 2nd shout of the morning. A crew change was necessary so the Atlantic briefly returned to station before proceeding towards the casualty on the River Roach.

Upon arrival at the scene it was established that the casualty was a sailing yacht with a fouled anchor.

Further investigation revealed that 20 meters of chain together with the anchor had somehow fouled and couldn’t be retrieved. The volunteer crew made several attempts to retrieve the chain and anchor but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

After consulting with the volunteer crew on the Atlantic, the owner of the sailing yacht decided to cut the anchor chain.

Once free the sailing yacht returned to Fambridge and the Atlantic returned to station and was ready for service by 1:45 P.M.


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