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Assessments of volunteer crew members from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI interrupted by tasking

All day assessments of volunteer crew members from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI were interrupted at 5.10pm on 16 June 2021 when they were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist Southend Coastguard, Essex Police and South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team in a multi-agency search for 2 people lost on Wallasea Island.

The casualties called 999 and asked for Essex Police giving a What3Words location placing them in the centre of Wallasea Island in the RSPB sanctuary.

Despite repeated efforts to make contact with the casualties by mobile phone, no answer was received.

The volunteer crew members from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI made an extensive search of Wallasea Island from the river but they also were unable to locate or make contact with the individuals.

Southend Coastguard, Essex Police and South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team initiated a search with teams moving across the island along the defined vehicle access paths but they too were unable to locate the individuals.

The search was on the verge of being intensified when Essex Police were informed that the 2 individuals had been found in a car on their way home.

All search teams were then stood down with the volunteers from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI returning to station, where on arrival, they prepared the lifeboat for their next call out.

The volunteer crew members then resumed their assessments finishing at approximately 9.30pm, nearly 12 hours after they started.

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For more information please contact Peter Harris, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07802 418298 or email: Peter_Harris@rnli.org.uk

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