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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Vessel rescued at Buxey Sand

Press Release   •   Jan 13, 2010 10:56 GMT

An angling boat was rescued after going aground on the Buxey Sand in Essex when the crew became disorientated, without navigation equipment or charts, with a non functioning VHF radio set and no flares in adverse weather conditions.

At 15:57 Thames Coastguard received a 999 call reporting the incident and Bradwell Coastguard and Clacton RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked to the 26 foot angling boat named XLT, with two people on board, aground and unsure of their position. The craft had departed Maldon and was bound for Southend.

The Clacton lifeboat located the craft on the Buxey Sand and was able to tow it off the sand as the tide rose. The tow was then passed to the Walton RNLI all weather lifeboat which towed the craft to Brightlingsea, where they were met by Clacton Coastguard Rescue Team. The vessel was in an un-seaworthy condition and despite safety advice given by both the lifeboat crew and the Coastguard, the crew still intend to depart in the morning to attempt the passage again.

During this incident today it became apparent that the owner of XLT had also been rescued on 20th November 2009, the day after he had purchased the vessel.
During this rescue, Thames Coastguard tasked RAF Rescue Helicopter 125, Bradwell Coastguard Rescue Team and West Mersea RNLI inshore lifeboat to a 52 year old male, who had fallen overboard from his angling boat whist laying out a mooring, and was clinging to his craft off the Promenade at Maldon, River Blackwater. The casualty had been in the water for 30 minutes before the Helicopter rescued him and transferred him to Colchester Hospital.

Thames Coastguard Watch Manager Karen Paradise said,

“Before setting off on any passage, the crew should make sure that the craft is seaworthy, that the navigation equipment and VHF radio set is in working order and that the correct and up to date charts for the passage are on board. Life saving equipment should be carried at all times and a shore contact or the Coastguard should be informed of their passage plan.”

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