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Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers receive a 3rd tasking in 4 days

The busy week for Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteers continued when they received their 3rd tasking in 4 days from U.K Coastguard shortly before 8am on Friday 23 July to assist a 40’ motor vessel with 4 people onboard that had sustained complete loss of steering and rudder problems.

The Atlantic Class lifeboat ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ was launched and proceeded to the south of the Whittaker Beacon where they located the casualty vessel at anchor.

Following an assessment of the situation the RNLI volunteer helm made the decision that a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteer crew established a towline and successfully towed the casualty vessel back into Burnham Yacht Harbour being the nearest suitable safe haven.

Upon arrival the casualty motor vessel was lifted out of the water so that her rudders could be checked out. Following inspection it was found that her rudders were loose, possibly sheared from their shaft and the steering was locked.

Whilst the inspection was being carried out, the RNLI volunteers returned the Atlantic Class lifeboat to station and prepared her for the next occasion that they will be called upon.

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