LIFEBOAT crews were called to the aid of a vessel suffering from engine failure off Jaywick.

Volunteer crews from Clacton RNLI lifeboat station launched their D-Class inshore lifeboat on Saturday, May 20, just after 10.40am, following reports of a troubled fishing boat approximately half a mile offshore.

The crew headed to the reported location around the Brooklands area of Jaywick.

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A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said: “Upon locating the 17ft fishing vessel, which had suffered engine failure, a crew member was taken aboard and quickly established a tow line.

“One of the two occupants of the vessel was suffering from slight seasickness, but in general both were found to be OK when checked by the crew member.

“The crew towed the vessel to the Martello Bay area, back to where it originally launched from, earlier in the day.”

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Following the callout, the crews were stood down by the coastguard and they returned to the station where the lifeboat was recovered, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service by 12.20pm.

Next up for Clacton RNLI is its Open Gardens event at The Hall, Tendring on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, between 2pm and 5pm. For tickets call 01255 421471.