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Busy day for the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI

On Saturday morning 24 April the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI attended the funeral of their station chaplain, Canon Lionel Webber, who sadly passed away on 13 April. As a result, both lifeboats from Burnham-on-Crouch were off service but adequately covered by neighbouring lifeboat stations for a short time, returning back into service at 2pm.

At 2.28pm the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist a sailing vessel with 2 adults and 2 children onboard having difficulty in Paglesham moorings in the River Roach.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat “Tony & Robert Britt” was launched and proceeded to the scene.

Upon arrival it became clear that the 2 adults had been in their tender making their way to their larger vessel, leaving the children onshore, when the tender capsized throwing both adults into the water.

The female managed to pull herself back into the tender, the male could not and was left clinging to the side.

Fortunately the crew of a passing Dory managed to extract the male from the river onto their Dory where he was assessed by the RNLI crew and found to be cold and tired from holding on.

The RNLI crew transferred him onto the lifeboat and wrapped him in blankets before evacuating him to Essex Marina where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital.

The lifeboat returned to station at 3.50pm and made ready for the next time they would be called upon.

The female casualty remained on scene and returned to shore to comfort the children.


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