Busy day for coastguards

Local coastguards had to deal with four incidents off the east coast yesterday.At 12.09am the Thames Coastguard received a call from a disabled fishing vessel, the Catherine Annie.

Local coastguards had to deal with four incidents off the east coast yesterday.

At 12.09am the Thames Coastguard received a call from a disabled fishing vessel, the Catherine Annie.

The ship's crew had tried to free a rope from the propeller without success.

The Walton lifeboat was able to tow the vessel to Harwich where the skipper got a local diver to clear the propeller.

At 11.17am following a 999 call from a member of the public, Mersea Coastguard were able to tow two people back to Brightlingsea who had been stuck on a small angling boat, following an engine failure.

At 4.26pm the Mersea Coastguard was called to help a porpoise in difficulties in shallow water.

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Due to the weather conditions and the dark night, the Coastguard Unit kept a watching safety brief on the rescue team with routine updates passed to Thames Coastguard.

It's believed the mammal might have made its way out to sea on its own.

At 9.06pm the Thames Coastguard received a call from a member of the public reporting a red flare in the direction of Martello Bay.

But following a thorough search of the area, no incident was found and it's believed the call was a false alarm.