At 5.13pm on Friday 20 September, the pagers of Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI alerted them to a shout for their Atlantic Class vessel ‘Tony & Robert Britt’
Te crew was called to assist a lone sailor who had fallen overboard from his vessel within Burnham moorings where fortunately he was rescued by a work boat that had come to his aid from Essex Marina.
Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to retrieve the runaway vessel which they located on the south shore opposite the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, wedged within one of the sea wall breaches.
Meanwhile the casualty was being treated ashore by the ambulance service at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club who themselves assisted the casualty with the use of their shower facilities to warm him up after his ordeal.
With a falling tide and the wind pushing the casualty vessel further in, the RNLI volunteers gently nudged their way through despite there being very little water beneath them and placed a crew member onboard to set up a tow, turned the casualty vessel around and withdrew as quickly as possible to avoid the possibility of grounding themselves.
The casualty vessel was successfully towed into Burnham Yacht Harbour
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where the RNLI volunteers made it safe for the owners return.
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