Clacton-on-Sea: Drama as teenage swimmer rescued by lifeboat crews near pier

A teenager swimmer was rescued by lifeboat crews after getting into difficulty near Clacton Pier.

A teenager swimmer was rescued by lifeboat crews after getting into difficulty near Clacton Pier. - Credit: Archant

A teenager swimmer was rescued by lifeboat crews after getting into difficulty near Clacton Pier.

Clacton RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat was called to the scene at around 6.50pm today following reports of a swimmer clinging to the slipway on the pier.

The volunteer crew rescued the 19-year-old and took him ashore to Clacton Coastguard with the help of Tendring Council’s beach patrol team.

Helmsman Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield said: “When we arrived the young man was holding on to the slipway.

“He had swum out, but had been unable to get back to the shore.

“We picked him up and landed him to the east of the pier to the awaiting coastguard.”