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HERTS BOAT RESCUE DEPLOYED TO EAST OF ENGLAND TIDAL SURGE (PRESS RELEASE JAN 2017)

posted 20 Jan 2018, 01:42 by Callum Stewart   [ updated 29 Jan 2018, 12:06 ]
Herts boat rescue was deployed on Thursday 12th January 2017 as part of a massive multi-agency incident along the East of England area to protect potential flooding victims in case of a tidal surge. The unpaid volunteer team sent from Herts boat rescue worked along side many other rescue organisations to ensure the safety of the public.

All team members where alerted at 1500 on Thursday 12th January 2017 and made there way to the holding point in Ipswich for 1730. This meant dropping all plans, changing work commitments and leaving their families for an unknown length of time at a moments notice.

The team where used in the Jaywick area to standby incase the tidal surge breached the sea defenses, luckily on this occasion the tidal surge, wind and high tides didn’t combine and the communities managed to escape major flooding.

The team was stood down at 1030 on Saturday 14th January 2017 where tied they made their way back, cleaned and repacked the kit ready for the next call and made their way back to their families and day jobs.

Stuart Foreman (Herts Boat Rescues Chairman and Team Leader) said “"The operation went smoothly, our emergency planning before the event went well and the team were well organised”

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