A lifeboat was launched into stormy weather after a boat became stranded off the Essex coast. 

The West Mersea lifeboat was deployed on April 14 at about 4.20pm following a pan-pan call received by the Dover Coastguard. 

The crew in Mersea was informed of a vessel in distress in the area of the Blackwater Estuary. 

Searching from Osea Island to the River Colne in the rough sea, the crew was soon diverted to a report of a vessel adrift off Point Clear which had ran aground. 

Crew members oversaw the vessel until the arrival of the Walton Coastguard Rescue team.