Callout No. 1
13th Jan 2017
On Friday 13th of January, the all weather lifeboat was launched to locate and investigate a drifting vessel. During the morning, with the threat of a high tidal surge and gale force winds, crew members had assembled to move the all weather lifeboat to a more sheltered temporary berth. Despite being on a temporary berth, the lifeboat was quickly on the way to the position of the last reported sighting, just north of Woodbridge Haven.
On arrival at the reported position, there was no sign of the vessel. A Coastguard rescue team was requested to check the river Deben entrance from the shore to see if the vessel could he sighted. The lifeboat was given an initial search plan by the UK Coastguard which was quickly replaced with an updated plan. On the first leg of the second search plan, the vessel was located, being taken further offshore by the weather conditions. The vessel was unoccupied and had part of a mooring attached, suggesting it had broken its mooring inside the river Deben.
Consideration was given to launching the Y-Boat to attach a tow to the vessel but with skillful manoeuvring of the lifeboat in challenging conditions, the crew were able to pickup the remains of the mooring on the vessel and make off the tow rope to it. Shortly after 6pm, the lifeboat and small motor vessel arrived safely back in Harwich and returned to the temporary berth ahead of a further tidal surge.