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Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteer crew search for an overdue vessel.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to assist West Mersea Lifeboat and South Woodham Coastguard Search and Rescue Team in a search for an overdue vessel.

Tasked at 8.07pm Sunday 25 April by HM Coastguard, both the Atlantic Class ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ and D Class lifeboats were launched whereupon they joined West Mersea Lifeboat in the search for the overdue vessel.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI searched several marina’s within the Crouch but found no trace of the overdue vessel.

The incident started shortly after Noon when South Woodham Coastguard Search and Rescue Team were tasked to investigate a possible overdue vessel at Heybridge Basin. Several locations were checked but no trace of the vessel was found so they were stood down pending their further enquiries.

As a result of these enquiries the search recommenced in the evening where they were joined by the volunteer crew from Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI.

No sightings of the vessel was made by the lifeboats from Burnham-on-Crouch and they were stood down around 10pm, returned to station and made ready for the next time they would be called upon.

The vessel reported as overdue is a Red & White 9 metre sports / motorboat reported as overdue following a planned voyage from Grays to Heybridge Basin where she was planned to depart shortly after 11am in Saturday 24 April with an eta at Heybridge Basin of 9.20pm the same day. It is understood that the vessel had a similar journey planned on Thursday 22 April from Erith to Heybridge Basin.

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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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