2008 Services

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04.01.2008 14:05 15:15 D-682

Reports from Thames Coastguard of a possible suicide attempt at the West end of Southend Pier. Southend mobile, Pier and foreshore and Southend Police in attendance. TCG requested launch of ILB2 to stand by while Southend Police talked to the casualty who was sitting on the lower deck with shoe laces tied together. Southend Police talked casualty back up onto the pier where he was taken ashore and treated by awaiting ambulance crew. ILB2 then stood down. 00340/2008

04.01.2008 15:00 15:10 B-776

Reports from Thames Coastguard of a possible suicide attempt at the West end of Southend Pier. Southend mobile, Pier and foreshore and Southend Police in attendance. TCG requested launch of ILB2 @ 14:05 then Southend lifeboat @ 15:00 to stand by while Southend Police talked to the casualty who was sitting on the lower deck with shoe laces tied together. Southend Police talked casualty back up onto the pier where he was taken ashore and teated by awaiting ambulance crew. Southend lifeboat then stood down. 00341/2008

10.01.2008 B-776

Tasked to a man at the end of Southend Pier (suicide attempt). Southend lifeboat crew took the buggy to the end of the pier where P&F staff were in attendance. Casualty was sitting on the steps at the East end of the pier talking to John Sedgwick who was moored up on his boat. Casualty voluntarily went with P&F staff and Southend lifeboat crew took him ashore where he was met by Southend Police and an ambulance crew. 00342/2008

20.01.2008 14:30 15:30 B-776

Kitesurfer reported missing by his friend over an hour ago at East Beach. Southend lifeboat launched to search area at the end of the Shoebury Boom. Sea King 125 on exercise in the area and spotted the casualty walking ashore. SK125 landed on the mud to talk to the casualty who was fit and able to walk ashore. Southend lifeboat stood down and returned to station. 00345/2008

26.01.2008 14:30 15:45 D-633

Launched to 18 foot speedboat tied to the east side of Shoebury Boom after suffering engine failure and with four people on board. Only one lifejacket between them and no suitable weather clothing. SLB took vessel under tow to East Beach slipway where they were met by Southend Mobile. 00345/2008

26.01.2008 14:30 15:45 D-633

Launched to a boat (Dory) suffering engine failure with 2 persons on board, 200 meters west of Southend pier. ILB1 took vessel under tow to Alexander Yacht Club where they were met by Southend Mobile. ILB1 then returned to station. 00346/2008

26.01.2008 14:35 15:10 B-776

Launched to assist ILB2 with rescue of 18 foot speedboat at the end of the Shoebury Boom. Crew mustered at the end of the pier but stood down after 15 mins as ILB2 landed casualties ashore safely. 00343/2008

27.01.2008 19:03 19:18 H-004

Essex Fire Brigade in attendance to a woman who had fallen off the sea wall at Lower Thames Marina into the mud. Southend hovercraft requested to launch to assist in her recovery. At 19:18 Southend hovercraft stood down and the EFB had managed to free the woman and walked her ashore. 00344/2008

28.01.2008 11:35 13:45 B-776

Vessel aground 8 cables NE of Blacktower Beacons. SLB launched and on scene at 12:00. Unable to reach casualty due to depth of water, so 2 crew members walked around vessel to check for damage (none found). SLB waited for tide to flood and escorted vessel to the Maplin Bell where they proceeded on their way. SLB returned to station. Casualty was requested to call TCG on their safe return. 00719/2008

06.02.2008 11:20 11:50 D-633

Launched to reports from first informant standing on shoreline at Shorefield Road of a possible Kite Surfer in trouble half a mile out to sea. ILB 1 launched and search the area and located 4 helium balloons in the water. ILB 1 confirmed with TCG and Southend Mobile and confirmation was given by the first informant that this was the object they had seen. ILB 1 then returned to station. 00720/2008

08.02.2008 13:05 13:30 D-633

ILB1 launched to reports of a 30ft fishing vessel Danny Boy drifting in the shipping lane. A Container Vessel was concerned as they could see no one on board and placed a radio call to TCG. With no sighting of the vessel at the reported position ILB1 came along side a nearby boat in the area who confirmed that Danny Boy that returned to its mooring at Thorpe Bay. ILB1 confirmed with Danny Boy and skipper that all was OK. Their anchor was stuck and left in the shipping channel. ILB1 returned to station. 00721/2008

08.02.2008 13:15 13:30 B-776

Atlantic 75 crew muster at end of pier for assistance to a 30 foot fishing boat adrift in the shipping lane. ILB 1 on scene and located vessel back on its mooring at TBYC. Atlantic 75 crew stood down before launch. 00722/2008

15.02.2008 11:00 11:15 H-004

H004 launched to reports of a man walking out to the low water line off Westcliffe Casino. Southend mobile unit in attendance. While on route H004 was informed that the person was a surveyor working without prior notification to TCG. H004 stood down and returned to station. 00723/2008

16.02.2008 11:30 17:30 B-776

SLB launched to a 30 foot wooden built cabin Cruiser (Built 1913) taking on water 200m north of the West Leigh Middle Buoy with 3 people on board. SLB on scene, vessel was taking on water from under the floor boards a the starboard bow. 2 crew placed aboard with salvage pump and SLB towed the vessel Morn clear of Marsh end sands as the tide was till falling. While under to the salvage pump managed to stem the intake of water by not clear the danger. SLB towed Morn to a mooring in the Ray Gut where a full assessment was undertaken. Due to the state of the tide ( 1 hour before low water) SLB towed Morn to the mouth of Leigh Creek where she was grounded to await the incoming tide. SLB requested ILB2 be launched for more fuel for the salvage pump. SLB returned 1 casualty (female) to the Pier Head while ILB 2 stayed with Morn . SLB returned to Morn and ILB2 was tasked to two tree slipway to collect another salvage pump. SLB & ILB2 pumped clear the vessel and awaited the incoming tide. SLB returned to station to return 1 casualty (Leaving only the skipper aboard) and relieve on scene crew and collect refreshment for skipper and on scene crew. Once the tide began to flood ILB2 towed Morn alongside up to Bell Wharf Leigh on sea where repairs or lifting could take place. Skipper was landed at Bell Wharf and secured along side on the mud where he could make arrangements with the local boatyard. ILB2 and SLB then returned to station. 00724/2008

16.02.2008 12:15 18:00 D-682

SLB launched to a 30 foot wooden built cabin Cruiser (Built 1913) taking on water 200m north of the West Leigh Middle Buoy with 3 people on board. SLB on scene, vessel was taking on water from under the floor boards a the starboard bow. 2 crew placed aboard with salvage pump and SLB towed the vessel Morn clear of Marsh end sands as the tide was till falling. While under to the salvage pump managed to stem the intake of water by not clear the danger. SLB towed Morn to a mooring in the Ray Gut where a full assessment was undertaken. Due to the state of the tide ( 1 hour before low water) SLB towed Morn to the mouth of Leigh Creek where she was grounded to await the incoming tide. SLB requested ILB2 be launched for more fuel for the salvage pump. SLB returned 1 casualty (female) to the Pier Head while ILB 2 stayed with Morn . SLB returned to Morn and ILB2 was tasked to two tree slipway to collect another salvage pump. SLB & ILB2 pumped clear the vessel and awaited the incoming tide. SLB returned to station to return 1 casualty (Leaving only the skipper aboard) and relieve on scene crew and collect refreshment for skipper and on scene crew. Once the tide began to flood ILB2 towed Morn alongside up to Bell Wharf Leigh on sea where repairs or lifting could take place. Skipper was landed at Bell Wharf and secured along side on the mud where he could make arrangements with the local boatyard. ILB2 and SLB then returned to station. 01840/2008

23.02.2008 13:30 14:20 D-633

01.03.2008 15:50 16:00 D-633

Report of kitesurfer in trouble off Shoebury Boom. ILB 1 launched but was stood down as confirmation came through that he had swum safely ashore. RTS. 01842/2008

04.03.2008 22:00 23:20 D-633

Launched to a report of a car in the sea at Two Tree slipway. The area was searched but nothing was found. Stood down by Thames and RTS. 01843/2008

04.03.2008 22:20 23:10 B-776

Launched to a report of a car in the sea at Two Tree slipway. Searched area with ILB1 but stood down by Thames CG after area covered. 01844/2008

16.03.2008 14:10 15:25 B-776

Called to a 40ft yacht (Paverea) which had run aground on St Mary's marsh over the other side of the river on the Yauntlet flats. Gravesend were also tasked for this shout. One of our crew transferred aboard the Gravesend boat to assist with rigging the tow. Once this was done Southend lifeboat escorted the tow back to the Chapman Bell and then peeled off to RTS. 01846/2008

01.04.2008 16:20 17:10 D-682

Launched to assist Police in the apprehending of a person evading them by running out onto the foreshore at Shoebury East beach. The ILB arrived at the beach to find the Police helicopter and the Southend CG unit on scene. 2 lifeboat crew where dropped off as the person surrendered to police. He was very cold and was transferred to the Southend lifeboat where he was taken back to the Pierhead to warm up. The Police escorted the man back to the ambulance team that was waiting at the Pier for him via the Buggy. 01845/2008

01.04.2008 16:27 17:10 B-776

Launched with D682 to assisted in apprehending a person avoiding the capture of the Police by running out onto the foreshore of Shoebury East beach after having crashed a car onto the beach. The inshore ILB had located the person after landing on the beach. Police were taken aboard the ILB and the person was lifted into the Atlantic 75 for transfer via the Pierhead for medics on the shore. He was treated for mild hypothermia by the Paramedics at the shore side of the Pier. 01847/2008

01.04.2008 18:30 19:45 B-776

Whilst on Exercise in the West Shoebury Buoy area Thames CG called up on the radio. They requested a search of the area on bearing of 270º from the Shoebury Radio mast. The area from the South Shoebury to the West Shoebury was covered but nothing was found. Given the state of the tide this call was considered suspect early on but any mayday is always checked. Stood down at 18.45 and Exercise continued. F.A.G.I. 01848/2008

03.04.2008 18:35 18:40 D-682

ILB2 launched to two persons cut off by tide. They were found standing by the pier near where the old boathouse section was. The two were walked up the pier slipway and taken by buggy to the shore where the CG was waiting for them. An ambulance was called since they were very cold and needed attention. 01849/2008

20.04.2008 17:00 17:50 H-004

Hovercraft launched to East beach following report of a kitesurfer down with a suspected broken ankle. Arrived on scene to find the man being assisted by another kitesurfer. The ambulance was already waiting on the shore and the casualty despite suffering the cold was bearing the pain well. He was picked up carefully, wrapped in his kite to sheild him from the breeze, he was then taken by Hovercraft the 400 yds back to shore. 01850/2008

26.04.2008 19:45 21:15 D-682

Launched to a 29ft Fairliner with a fouled propeller just West of the West Shoebury buoy. The skipper had managed to run over a bright orance oil drum which was depicting Thorpe Bay Yacht Clubs sailing course for the weekend. Unfortunately this was secured by a heavy brick and chain which had wrapped around the prop of the boat. The ILB crew had a look at the situation and quickly called in the Southend Lifeboat with some heavy tools (big bolt croppers). ILB2 then stood by to assist then RTS. 01851/2008

26.04.2008 20:20 21:20 B-776

Called in by ILB 2 crew with request for big bolt croppers to deal with the chain around the casualties propeller. After much persuasion the chain became freed and with crew clear of the stern, the boat powered up and was able to may way under her own propulsion. Conditions were good and the casualty vessel was accompanied by another cruiser also on the same trip. Thames CG asked them to call in as they arrived safely at their destination of Chatham. SLB RTS. 01933/2008

03.05.2008 12:30 13:50 B-776

The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 16ft cabin cruiser near the West Leigh Middle buoy. On scene found the craft with 2 POB and a diagnosis of a broken fuel line. A crewman was placed on the vessel and it was taken in tow and put on a mooring at Thorpe Bay. The 2 occupants were landed on the beach and passed to the Southend CG unit. No medical situation. 01934/2008

05.05.2008 B-776

Tasked to ready the lifeboat for launch to assist hovercraft in search for person in the water near Shoebury Boom. Stood down before launch as hovercraft arrived on scene to resolve the situation. F.A.G.I. 01932/2008

05.05.2008 11:00 11:30 H-004

Called to a sighting of a man near the end of Shoebury Boom. On arrival on scene and having spoken to the man it became apparent that he was happily fishing. This was reported to Thames CG who subsquently stood the rescue down. F.A.G.I. 01930/2008

05.05.2008 16:30 16:50 D-682

The offshore D class was launched on a fast ebbing tide to investigate a kitesurfer who was flying in between the moorings off of Southchurch. He was causing bystanders ashore some concern and was clearly not kitesurfing with the usual discipline this community of water users display. The ILB got far enough inshore to intercept him and found that the young man was possibly under the influence of drink (this was later confirmed). He did not particularly want to come aboard - and it was flet this was probably not the best option given all his kit. A crewman was deployed in the waist high water, 500yds from the shoreline, to escort the man ashore whilst the ILB stood by to assist if necessary but also to remain afloat on the fast disappearing water. The crewman escorting held the man's foot board and the 'casualty' carried his kite and lines. Once ashore the crewman handed the man to the CG who returned the crewman to the inshore station. With the knowledge that both were safe ashore the ILB RTS. 01931/2008

05.05.2008 19:45 20:40 H-004

The hovercraft was launched to a man seen in the water just West of the Shoebury Boom. At the Atlantic was being brought to readiness for launch the hovercraft arrived to find the man who was 'out for a walk'. He seemed to be aware of the state of the tide and was sorry to have caused a false alarm. The Atlantic was stood down before launch and the hovercraft stood by on the scene as the man returned ashore. 02193/2008

08.05.2008 13:55 14:36 D-655

A report came in of two persons in the water off the Essex Yacht Club ship The Wilton. Southend ILB1 arrived in the area unable to locate the casualties. Southend CG contacted the first informant who stated that the two swimmers had safely swum ashore and gone home. The dinghy that they were in had sunk and they had tied it to the back of a moored cruiser. The ILB crew recovered the dinghy and towed it back to the EYC slipway where Southend CG was waiting to assist. 02194/2008

08.05.2008 B-776

The Atlantic 75 was bought to immediate readiness to assist ILB1 following a report of two children in the water near the EYC in Leigh. Stood down as first information confirmed to SCG that they had made it ashore all safe F.A.G.I 02602/2008

08.05.2008 15:15 16:15 D-655

Launched to a capsized dinghy 1 mile east of the pier. ILB1 on scene and recovered casualty to the Halfway Public House slipway where an ambulance unit was with the CG. ILB1 then returned to recover the vessel that had capsized which they landed at Thorpe Hall Avenue beach. 02195/2008

08.05.2008 18:10 20:00 H-004

A report of a kitesurfer in trouble off Chalkwell sent of the Hovercraft to investigate. The CG units also proceeded and the two units arrived in the area to see a kitesurfer walking ashore with a shredded kite. He was able to make his own way unassisted but the hovercraft crew stood by in the area until he was safe ashore. He was confirmed OK by the CG and that his kite had just landed on something sharp underneath the shallow water. The Hovercraft then returned to station. 02195/2008

08.05.2008 18:10 20:00 H-004

Hovercraft diverted from Exercise in response to a kitesurfer waving and beckoning the crew to come over. On scene the crew found a very tired man unable to get his kite to fly. He requested a life ashore as he was exhausted. He was landed at the Southend CG unit where the CG helped him out. 02195/2008

08.05.2008 18:10 20:00 H-004

After landing the previous casualty and resuming Exercise the Hovercraft was tasked to a boat aground in the area ½ mile South of the Shoebury Boom. On board the grounded yacht and elderly gentleman in a 14ft 1963 vessel had managed to deploy the anchor and he was awaiting the next tide. H004

took the man off the vessel and landed him at the Southend CG look out. H004

then returned to Exercise. 02197/2008

09.05.2008 21:30 23:15 H-004

A report came in of a man in shorts seen walking on the mud from the Peter Boat public house in Leigh and he had not been seen for some 40 minutes. The Hovercraft launched to assist with the Southend mobile CG unit and the Police helicopter. The area was searched and two white flares were put up to illuminate the area. His footsteps were traced as the first informant contacted the CG to say that the missing person had returned to shore. All units stood down by Thames after 1 hour search. F.A.G.I 02198/2008

10.05.2008 15:42 15:49 B-776

Whilst out on exercise the Atlantic was diverted to a report of a swimmer out shouting for help off the beach opposite the Castle public house. The lifeboat was on scene within 3 minutes and found the casualty reporting of cramp along with another swimmer who had come out to help. Both were taken aboard and landed on the beach where they were met by the CG unit. SLB returned to Exercise. 02200/2008

11.05.2008 12:30 12:50 H-004

Diverted from exercise to investigate possible problem on the South side of Hadleigh Ray. Reports of 4 persons in an inflatable dinghy having trouble getting back to shore. On scene it was evident that they were making progress albeit slowly. The Hovercraft crew stood by to make sure they found their way back to safer waters on the North side of the Ray. Then returned to exercise. F.A.G.I 02199/2008

11.05.2008 13:15 13:30 D-682

The Duty Crew saw two males on the South Side of the Gutway running through the Pier near the Pierhead slipway. ILB2 launched and recovered them aboard as they were cut off. Foreshore Officers met them on the peir. ILB2 then RTS. No further action required. 02201/2008

12.05.2008 13:05 13:40 H-004

Launched to report of 3 walkers on the mud who looked like they had been cut off by the tide near the Mulberry Harbour. The mobile CG unit were on the shore whilst the Hovercraft was sent to investigate. As the Hovercraft neared the area it was confirmed that all had made it safe ashore. Stood Down. RTS. False alarm good intent. 02202/2008

12.05.2008 D-682

ILB2 asked to come to 'immediate readiness' in case of need of assistance to Hovercraft crew who had already launched to investigate of 3 people cut of by the tide near the Mulberry Harbour. Stood down as people confirmed safe ashore. 02203/2008

13.05.2008 H-004

Report of 2 people possibly stranded by the flood tide just North of the Mulberry Harbour. The hovercraft was brought to immediate readiness but stood down as 'casualties' made their own way ashore. Southend mobile CG in attendance to meet them. F.A.G.I. 02973/2008

24.05.2008 01:50 05:15 B-776

The duty crew were awoken by their pagers in response to a Pan-Pan distress call received by the Coastguard. As the team mobilised the distress cal became upgraded to a Mayday alert. A 30ft Cabin Cruiser, call sign Flapjack was reported sinking just East of Sea Reach No.4 the Atlantic was launched to search for 2 people in the water. Sheerness Lifeboat were also tasked, along wit the SAR helicopter, Rescue 125 and Southend ILB2. A detailed search made was lasting some 3 hours, Each vessel of the RNLI and the helicopter were individually tasked to maximise the search area covered. It was the helicopter that found the casualties just East of Yantlet Creek. Both were airlifted from the beach were they had drifted to Southend hospital for treatment. The lifeboats then made a sweep to try and find the wreckage but none was apparent. All vessels then asked to RTS by the Coastguard. Since the helicopter took the casualties away we do not have records of any PPE they might have been wearing. 02974/2008

24.05.2008 02:20 05:15 D-682

ILB 2 launched to assist in search for occupants of possible sunken vessel off Sea Reach no.4 occupants found after some 3 hours as down broke on beach near Yantlet creek. As SAR aspect over a sweep was made of the area to locate any wreckage. The ILB 2 came across a drifting tender at the sea wall at St Mary s march and moored it up at All Hallows Y.C. Nothing else found so RTS. 02975/2008

24.05.2008 16:15 17:45 B-776

The Atlantic was launched to a report of a kitesurfer in distress according to a member of the public. At the same time a report came in of a windsurfer in the water as seen by the Coastwatch organisation. The lifeboat swept past the windsurfer who gave the thumbs up and was OK. The lifeboat crew then carried out a search from the CG look-out post to the Shoebury Boom but no-one and no abandoned kite was seen. During the search the lifeboat crew saw a run away jet ski and as the search for the kitesurfer was winding down as a false alarm the jetskier and his machine were escorted ashore. One assisted - two fals alarms for this launch. 02975/2008

24.05.2008 16:15 17:45 B-776

The Atlantic was launched to a report of a kitesurfer in distress according to a member of the public. At the same time a report came in of a windsurfer in the water as seen by the Coastwatch organisation. The lifeboat swept past the windsurfer who gave the thumbs up and was OK. The lifeboat crew then carried out a search from the CG look-out post to the Shoebury Boom but no-one and no abandoned kite was seen. During the search the lifeboat crew saw a run away jet ski and as the search for the kitesurfer was winding down as a false alarm the jetskier and his machine were escorted ashore. One assisted - two fals alarms for this launch. 02975/2008

24.05.2008 16:15 17:45 B-776

The Atlantic was launched to a report of a kitesurfer in distress according to a member of the public. At the same time a report came in of a windsurfer in the water as seen by the Coastwatch organisation. The lifeboat swept past the windsurfer who gave the thumbs up and was OK. The lifeboat crew then carried out a search from the CG look-out post to the Shoebury Boom but no-one and no abandoned kite was seen. During the search the lifeboat crew saw a run away jet ski and as the search for the kitesurfer was winding down as a false alarm the jetskier and his machine were escorted ashore. One assisted - two fals alarms for this launch. 03060/2008

27.05.2008 17:10 17:20 D-655

The ILB was launched immediately to a person in the water 50yds offshore just east of the pier. The police on scene ashore reported that the person was being uncooperative and might be considered violent. The ILB crew lifted the casualty out of the water and handed him to the CG, police unit and ambulance that were also in attendance. 03061/2008

31.05.2008 17:00 17:25 D-682

Members of the public were concerned that a number of people were seen out on the sandbanks opposite the Cliffs Pavilion and possibly cut off by the tide. The ILB launched to find that indeed several people were walking around on the sand, but they were close to their 30ft yacht which they had purposely grounded in order to search for starfish. The vessel had been anchored in the sand and they were very happy to await the flood tide and be on their way. The Lifeboat was not required and so with the CG permission it RTS. F.A.G.I. 03062/2008

03.06.2008 15:30 15:40 D-655

Launched to person in the water who had walked out from the Pebbles One beach just West of the Pier. The ILB approached the casualty to find him chest deep in water and unable to make his own way ashore. He was taken on board and returned to the boathouse where an ambulance was waiting to treat him for any possible problems. Police and CG also on scene. 03323/2008

08.06.2008 12:30 12:50 D-682

The ILB was launched to aid of 3 persons cut off by the tide and marooned on a sandbank near the Mulberry Harbour. The 3 young girls were taken aboard and landed at the West Beach slipway where the mobile coastguard unit was waiting. No medical requirements needed. ILB RTS. 03853/2008

22.06.2008 15:35 16:45 B-776

Called to a dinghy spotted half way down the pier on the east side. On arrival 2 men were seen holding onto the pier and their capsized dinghy was alongside them. The 2 were taken aboard and their dinghy was righted and towed to the inshore slipway since it was having trouble floating the correct way up! Southend Coastguard were on hand to lend assistance ashore. 03854/2008

28.06.2008 15:50 17:45 H-006

The hovercraft was launched following calls from various members of the public with concern to children being lost on the foreshore off Chalkwell Beach. The crew quickly spotted 4 people, 2 children and 2 adults and landed them on Jocelyns Beach where the CG unit were waiting to assist. As returning to station another job came in en route. 03854/2008

28.06.2008 15:50 17:45 H-006

En route back from the last shout a call from a member of public alerted the CG of more people possibly stranded this time opposite the Westcliff Hotel. The hovercraft made a large sweep of the area and was able to confirm that no one in the area was in any distress. Stood down and RTS. 03854/2008

28.06.2008 15:50 17:45 H-006

Hovercraft called to Old Leigh off Bell Wharf where 2 boys were seen walking out on the mud seeminglay unaware of the creeping tide. On scene their ignorance of the local tidal conditions was confirmed and they were taken aboard and transferred to the CG nuit at Leigh Beach. 03854/2008

28.06.2008 15:50 17:45 H-006

Identical to the last job except this time it was 2 girls. They had been walking out by the Ray off Old Leigh and were unaware of the incoming tide cutting them off from the mainland. Taken aboard andlanded at Leigh Beach. No GIN supplied by CG. 03855/2008

28.06.2008 16:00 16:46 B-776

Diverted from exercise by Coastwatc to investigate a tender seen drifting 1 mile out off Shoebry East Beach. Southend lifeboat arrived on scene fo find a fishing boat 'Grimaldy' already had the dinghy in tow. When it was realised the tender was adrift from Thorpe Bay Yacht Club the skipper kindly agreen to the tender being handed over to the lifeboat for return to the club. A club member was waiting for the tender on the slipway as the lifeboat arrived. No casualties involved on this job. 03856/2008

29.06.2008 10:45 11:05 D-682

999 Calls came in regarding a 12 ft tender and on eperson in it drifting out of control towads the pier. ILB2 launched and found casualty in the tender tied off on the pier. The dinghy was taken in tow towards the pierhead where the casualty wanted to stay in order to sail off on the Nore race which was due to go by later. This was accepted by the CG and so SLB RTS. 03857/2008

29.06.2008 16:00 16:35 B-776

Launched to a Wayfarer sailing dinghy taking on water in the vicinity of the pier on the west side. Whilst searching for particular vessel, came across 3 Wayfarers who were competiong in the Nore Race. Also spotted were a crew walking ashore who were no cause for concern. The Atlantic returned to station to complete an Open Day display and came across a Thorpe Bay Yacht Club safety boat towing a Wayfarer on the east side of the pier. This may have been unrelated to the initial call but cannot confirm this. 03858/2008

29.06.2008 17:30 19:30 D-633

ILB1 was at the South end of the pier for the Open Day demo's and got tasked to a Laser dinghy in possible trouble near the West Leigh Middle Buoy. Just North of the buoy the crew found the Laser and took her in tow to get clear of the sandbank. The dinghy was then turned on its side and the jammed centreboard was freed. The vessel and its occupants were then taken back to Benfleet YC where the CG was waiting to assist. 04270/2008

01.07.2008 H-006

Hovercraft brought to immediate readiness due to concerns of 5 people being possibly stranded on the mud South of Bell Wharf. Eventually stood down when it was confirmed that they were safe. FAGI. Incident number 012042 given. 04271/2008

09.07.2008 19:20 20:15 D-633

The inshore D class was launched to assist a 13ft cabin day boat with 2 on board approximately ½ mile off Thorpe Bay Yacht Club. Due to the sea state the boat was unable to return to the shelter ot Two Tree Island to pursue some fishing. A crewman was put aboard and it was quickly ascertained that the 30hp engine would not provide enough power to cope with the sea outside the pierhead and that going through the pier was not an option. So the day boat was towed to a visitors mooring at TBYC and the two occupants were landed on the slipway where Southend Coastguard was waiting to assist. All safe ashore, ILB RTS. 05137/2008

17.07.2008 17:58 19:05 H-006

2 Kitesurfers were reported making for shore on an ebbing tide. One had made it close to shore with his kite but the other was swimming and seemingly in difficulty. The hovercraft picked up the swimming casualty and mad a run past the other kitesurfer to make sure he was ok. He was and so the hovercraft made for shore to land the casualty at the mobile CG unit. No medical assistance was required. 05541/2008

20.07.2008 14:00 14:45 B-776

Assisted a capsized dinghy (RS200) with 2 persons. The dinghy was righted just west of th epier and towed back to Leigh on Sea S.C. since the occupants were too tired to sail themselves home. 05138/2008

21.07.2008 13:58 15:15 D-633

Called to a 27 fishing boat the Arwenock . The propeller had fouled up on a mooring line off the Arches cafés at Westcliff. The ILB arrived on scene but was unable to free the line. The 2 casualties were landed at the Alexander YC. The boat was secured to the mooring it was snagged on. The occupants intention was to return to the vessel on the next tide with equipment to free their vessel. 05139/2008

22.07.2008 15:10 15:50 D-633

Southend ILB 1 was launched to a fishing vessel with engine failure off Shoebury Point. The D class arrived to find the vessel being towed to its mooring by a Thorpe Bay YC boat. The ILB came alongside to check the occupants and found they were OK and happy to proceed as they were. Details were passed to the CG and the ILB RTS. 05140/2008

23.07.2008 03:00 03:45 D-633

Called to a person in the water off the Alexander YC. She was quickly spotted and was floating near the shore where two police officers were waiting to meet her. The ILB crew were told she could be carrying a knife. Whilst the police officer was getting into a lifejacket and dry suit the ILB crew approached with caution the lady in the water to see if she would come aboard. She wouldn t and evaded any effort to help her. However, the police wanted her and so the officer was quickly taken aboard and he grabbed the lady and she was brought ashore and later sectioned after being checked by an ambulance team. 05141/2008

24.07.2008 14:00 14:10 D-633

Reports of 3 children missing off Chalkwell beach near one of the paddling pools sparked a launch. The ILB 1 was quickly sent way and the hovercraft was being prepared to follow. However, just as the ILB cleared the pier the shout was stood down as the children were reported safe. H-006

not launched. ILB RTS. F.A.G.I. 05546/2008

24.07.2008 D-633

Report from Thames CG of a person in the water off Chalwell seemingly cut off by the tide. The crew mustered at the pier but stood down without launching. F.A.G.I. 06918/2008

24.07.2008 H-006

Reports of 3 children missing off Chalkwell beach near one of the paddling pools sparked a launch. The ILB 1 was quickly sent way and the hovercraft was being prepared to follow. However, just as the ILB cleared the pier the shout was stood down as the children were reported safe. H-006

not launched. ILB RTS. F.A.G.I. 05547/2008

25.07.2008 D-633

A report came in of 3 children on an inflatable off East Beach unable to get back ashore. The crew mustered at the pier and were stood down before launch as the children were reported safe. 05548/2008

26.07.2008 21:30 21:35 D-633

ILB 1 launched to occupant in inflatable dinghy seen drifting with the tide. On launch, engine of ILB 1 started playing up so ILB 2 launched immediately to cover the shout ILB 1 RTS with engine problem. 05549/2008

26.07.2008 21:39 21:55 D-682

Took over shout from ILB 1. Casualty confirmed having problems getting back to shore so him and vessel taken aboard and returned to pierhead. Buggy used to get him ashore. 05553/2008

27.07.2008 10:15 11:00 H-006

The hovercraft was launched to a casualty reported near Cahlkwell Station. On arrival in area the casualty was located near the racks at Leigh Sailing Club just west of the railway station. A lady had slipped on the sea wall and had what looked like a broken ankle. She was loaded onto a stretcher and she and one ambulance crew who was on scene were both transferred back to an ambulance waiting at the 3 Shells Beach near the pier. Hovercraft then RTS. 05550/2008

27.07.2008 14:40 14:55 D-682

The duty crew at the end of the pier were monitoring a situation developing in front of their eyes. 3 Swimmers were seen trying to swim to the end of the pier. Then 1 of the 3 started to get in difficulty and called for help. The offshore D class launched and pulled all 3 out of the water. They were taken to the pierhead slipway and transferred via buggy to the shore. An ambulance was on the shore waiting to give them all a check over. 05551/2008

27.07.2008 15:30 15:50 D-682

A report came in from Southend CG to check on two kayaks which were spotted out near the Phoenix Unit (Mulberry Harbour). ILB 2 launched and found 2 people on kayaks returning to Leigh and another 2 on a kayak heading for Thorpe Bay YC. All were safe and well and happy to make their own way ashore. ILB 2 RTS. 05552/2008

27.07.2008 15:35 15:45 B-776

Self launch to two men seen clinging to the end of the pier after trying to swim to the slipway. They were clearly in difficulty so the lifeboat crew launched and picked them up. They were landed at the pier slipway and handed to pier and foreshore staff. They did not need any medical attention. SLB RTS. 05554/2008

28.07.2008 H-006

A report came in from Thames CG of a woman who had fallen on the rocks at Dead Man s Point, Holehaven. The Essex air ambulance was unable to locate and nor were the Gravesend lifeboat. As H-006 launched, she was stood down 100 metres from the slipway. Our help no longer required. 05555/2008

28.07.2008 15:30 15:45 H-006

A report sparked a hovercraft launch for 2 missing girls last seen east of the pier. 500 Metres from the slipway, the hovercraft got called back because the girls were found safe ashore. 05823/2008

03.08.2008 11:38 16:30 B-776

Southend lifeboat launched to a sinking vessel some 13 miles at the given Long/Lat. This placed them within sight of the Shivering Sands Towers out in the river estuary. At 11:40 the stricken yacht with 4 on board let a flare go. Whitstable lifeboat and Rescue 125 were also mobilised. At 11:59 the Southend lifeboat were heading towards the casualty vessel and saw that it was leaning over to the right. At 12:03 Southend lifeboat was first on scene and put a man on board the 36ft yacht to assess the situation. Since the vessel was so large Sheerness was launched because they have a bigger boat to handle the tow. The 4 on board were medically OK but one person was feeling cold. It was agreed that he should be airlifted for hospitalisation. Rescue 125 arrived on scene to drop a salvage pump and take the man away to Margate hospital. The other 3 casualties were taken aboard Southend lifeboat and transferred to Sheerness’ lifeboat which could provide them with warmth and shelter. The children would not be airlifted. Meanwhile Southend and Whitstable crews were trying to stabilise the sinking vessel with salvage pumps from all of the rescue vessels trying to keep up with the inflow. Eventually we were winning and the yacht was towed by Sheerness back towards Southend Pier since the casualty vessel was out of Benfleet Y.C. At 13:15 the vessel was under tow by Sheerness with 2 crewmen on board the casualty vessel to keep an eye on the pumps. It arrived at 14:51. The Southend lifeboat had run ahead to refuel and re-launched to transfer the casualties ashore via the Price of Wales jetty where the CG unit was waiting to assist. Southend lifeboat then took up the tow at 15:05 and took the vessel up the Ray to Benfleet Y.C. On scene at the yacht club were the CG and auxiliary lifeboat crew from Southend who took a closer look at the yacht and found an 8-10 inch split in the keel. Job done Southend lifeboat RTS at 16:20. 05824/2008

07.08.2008 17:00 19:02 D-633

ILB 1 launched to a broken down speedboat Flecture reported ½ mile offshore opposite the Halfway House public house. Arriving on scene the ILB crew found the vessel 100 yards out opposite Thorpe Hall Avenue. The 3 on board were in good health but the engine would not start. They were taken in tow back to Thorpe Bay YC slipway where the 3 men were able to recover their vessel to the trailer. 05825/2008

09.08.2008 13:14 15:30 B-776

Southend lifeboat called to a boat aground near the Shoebury Bloom with 2 onboard. The local fishing vessel 'Ina K' was already in the area and was standing by to assist. The lifeboat arrived in rough seas to find two onboard a 12ft Dory making way with a 25hp engine. The wind was showering a lot of water into the open vessel and it looked like the helm was having trouble staying head to sea especially given that he was also trying to bail the boat out with some kitchen tupperware he had onboard. The lifeboat came alongside and instructed both men to put on lifejackets. One crewman was put aboard to take the helm of the Dory and free up one of the other occupants to bail out faster. The other fishermen onboard stayed forward to keep the bow down in the headwind. The nearby fishing vessel came by to provide some lee from the wind but the Dory, now with 3 onboard,just didn't have the power to maintain its position in the shadow of the Ina K, in an effort to head back towards more sheltered waters. It was quickly evident that the water was winning and so the Lifeboat cam alongside and pulled the 2 casualties off and into the Lifeboat. Even with the lighter load the Dory still tipped the remaining crewman into the water, who was quickly pulled into the Atlantic 75. A line was put on the half submerged Dory and the line was passed to the Ina K who took the Dory and the 2 occupants back to the sanctuary of The Ray on the west of the Pier. This freed up the lifeboat to escort another vessel the 'Chartelle' which was also having difficulty in the same area. This vessel , with another 2 onboard had a cabin and although it didn't need a line passed to it they were very appreciative of the lifeboat running alongside as they made their way back towards the Ray gut. The lifeboat came alongside the Ina K as her skipper put her on its mooring in the Ray. The tow was then passed back to the lifeboat who took the boat and its occupants to Two Tree Slipway where they had arranged for a car to pick them up. At the slipway the crew and the two fishermen were happy to await their lift which was due soon. Such was the appreciation of one of these casualties that the next day he visited the offshore station to thank the duty crew with a card and a substantial donation for the RNLI which was duly passed on. Thanks also to the skipper of the Ina K whose help was much appreciated by the Lifeboat Crew. 05825/2008

09.08.2008 13:14 15:30 B-776

Southend lifeboat called to a boat aground near the Shoebury Bloom with 2 onboard. The local fishing vessel 'Ina K' was already in the area and was standing by to assist. The lifeboat arrived in rough seas to find two onboard a 12ft Dory making way with a 25hp engine. The wind was showering a lot of water into the open vessel and it looked like the helm was having trouble staying head to sea especially given that he was also trying to bail the boat out with some kitchen tupperware he had onboard. The lifeboat came alongside and instructed both men to put on lifejackets. One crewman was put aboard to take the helm of the Dory and free up one of the other occupants to bail out faster. The other fishermen onboard stayed forward to keep the bow down in the headwind. The nearby fishing vessel came by to provide some lee from the wind but the Dory, now with 3 onboard,just didn't have the power to maintain its position in the shadow of the Ina K, in an effort to head back towards more sheltered waters. It was quickly evident that the water was winning and so the Lifeboat cam alongside and pulled the 2 casualties off and into the Lifeboat. Even with the lighter load the Dory still tipped the remaining crewman into the water, who was quickly pulled into the Atlantic 75. A line was put on the half submerged Dory and the line was passed to the Ina K who took the Dory and the 2 occupants back to the sanctuary of The Ray on the west of the Pier. This freed up the lifeboat to escort another vessel the 'Chartelle' which was also having difficulty in the same area. This vessel , with another 2 onboard had a cabin and although it didn't need a line passed to it they were very appreciative of the lifeboat running alongside as they made their way back towards the Ray gut. The lifeboat came alongside the Ina K as her skipper put her on its mooring in the Ray. The tow was then passed back to the lifeboat who took the boat and its occupants to Two Tree Slipway where they had arranged for a car to pick them up. At the slipway the crew and the two fishermen were happy to await their lift which was due soon. Such was the appreciation of one of these casualties that the next day he visited the offshore station to thank the duty crew with a card and a substantial donation for the RNLI which was duly passed on. Thanks also to the skipper of the Ina K whose help was much appreciated by the Lifeboat Crew. 05826/2008

10.08.2008 10:05 10:25 B-776

Duty crew called to a Hobycat in the Ray at Leigh. Then confirmation arrived of another vessel, this time a dinghy, also capsized in the same area. The 75 was quickly despatched and found the two boats, right way up in the Ray off The Essex YC. The 4 teenagers were all sailors with a local club and were intending to spend the day in the Ray. Given that they were all wearing lifejackets and were not in any distress the lifeboat crew confirmed the situation with the CG and RTS. F.A.G.I. 06184/2008

21.08.2008 D-633

Called to a person in the water needing assistance to get ashore just west of the pier (near Emergency Telephone No.11). Stood down as ILB got to slipway as person confirmed safe and in the back of an ambulance. 06433/2008

16.08.2008 15:15 16:00 D-682

The offshore ILB was re-directed from exercise to an inflatable dinghy near the Westcliff Casino thought to be in difficulty. On scene the lifeboat crew found 2 teenage boys aboard slowly making their way back to shore. ILB 2 remained in the area until they made it safe ashore, then RTS. No further action required. F.A.G.I. 06434/2008

17.08.2008 15:15 17:25 B-776

Southend lifeboat called to a 60ft tug adrift between the Blacktail Spit and the Maplin Edge. The call was made by a passing yacht since the stricken crew had no radio or mobile phone. The lifeboat arrived on scene with Sheerness lifeboat on the way and found 2 on board, in good health but with a boat suffering from total electrical failure. They couldn t even drop anchor. The Atlantic 75 nudged the tug s bow to keep head to sea and navigate her drift through the shallow waters. Sheerness arrived and took her in tow back to Queenborough. SLB RTS. 06467/2008

21.08.2008 02:55 03:30 D-633

Called to a woman in the water near the Westcliff Casino. Reports were that she had been drinking heavily. The ILB quickly approached the area and the crew saw early morning bystanders on the veranda of the casino. Hoping that they were the informants, the ILB made a sweep past them. They all started pointing out to sea so the helm took a bearing off them and headed south. The person in the water quickly appeared on the bow, she was about ¼ mile out. As the crew approached it became clear to the helmsman that this was the same woman who the lifeboat was called to on 23/07/08 since he was also on that shout. Police assistance was asked for and the Atlantic 75 launched whilst the ILB stood by on scene to keep the person s position. After she was landed the ILB swept past the casino to thank the MOP s for their help then immediately RTS. 06466/2008

21.08.2008 03:05 03:30 B-776

Launched to back up the inshore D class which was encircling the casualty in the water ¼ mile off Westcliff Casino. On scene at 03:13, went straight to shore to pick up a police officer who was given a dry suit by the mobile CG unit. He was taken aboard and taken to the person in the water. At first he tried to reason with her but she wasn t having any of it. Every time the boat came alongside her she swam away. She seemed intent on wasting everyone s time and certainly didn t appreciate other people s concern for her. In the end the police officer suggested we use the floodlight to disorientate her then grab her and take her aboard. This was done and she was quickly taken ashore and handed to the other officers. An ambulance was also on scene to check her over. Our part complete, both lifeboats RTS. 06692/2008

22.08.2008 14:00 14:25 D-633

D class launched to swimmer 250 yards offshore East of the Pier. Swimmer recovered into Lifeboat and landed to awaiting mobile CG unit. No medical assistance required. 06693/2008

24.08.2008 10:47 11:20 B-776

Called to a broken down vessel near the South East Leigh South Cardinal marker. It was a 26' Bayliner with 2 on board unable to restart her engine. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and with another try the engine fired up. The vessel wanted to go back to the Medway area and so the Southend Lifeboat escorted her to see how she was running. When the Bayliner broke down again Sheerness where called out and towed them back to Queensborough. 06694/2008

25.08.2008 11:05 11:35 D-682

Launched following a report of 2 children cut off by a 'falling' tide from a 999 call to the Emergency Services from a member of public. The ILB arrived near the scene south of Chalkwell station to learn that the children had walked ashore and were met by the mobile CG unit. False Alarm Good Intent. 06695/2008

25.08.2008 15:45 16:00 D-682

Launched to a report of a small dinghy with 2 POB adrift East of the Pier. ILB 2 arrived in the area to learn that the dinghy and occupants had made there own way ashore. No assistance required. 06696/2008

25.08.2008 16:56 17:25 B-776

Launched to a dismasted 17ft Catarmaran off Thorpe Bay beach. 2 on board only able to make slow progress so escorted back to Thorpe Bay YC slipway. Details taken by CG. No medical assistance required. 06795/2008

03.09.2008 15:04 15:15 D-633

ILB1 launched to a report of a capsized dinghy in trouble just West of the Pier. During the response call - the detail changed to 2 dinghies. As the ILB launched both dinghies were seen having trouble in the swell and high wind just South of the Inshore boathouse having swept through the Pier. The ILB got away from the trailer with the engine running as it hit the surf. At this point the first dinghy blew ashore and so the Lifeboat launch crew went to assist the single occupant who had landed on the sea wall. The ILB went on to see how the other dignhy was managing. They had more control and in fact had a sailing instructor aboard. Without assistance the 2 occupants bought their dinghy ashore just East of the Prince of Wales jetty. 2 occupants both OK. No assistance required. No GIN given by CG due to Industrial Action. 07488/2008

27.09.2008 14:02 14:20 B-776

Whilst out on Exercise, Thames Coastguard diverted the Atlantic 75 to a broken down speedbaot with 3 on board near the West Shoebury Buoy. The 19ft speedboat was taken in tow back to the Ness Road slipway where the crew were able to recover the boat to its trailer. 07535/2008

28.09.2008 21:20 23:10 B-776

Launched to a 22ft Angling Vessel 'Tern'which was struggling with an engine that would't start. The crew noticed plenty of lights on the boat, so the problem seemed to be not so much a lack of power rather a problem with the correct distribution of it. The 4 occupants had been fishing for the day between the South Shoebury buoy and the Shoebury beacon and needed a tow back to their mooring at Shoebury West beach. With the boat secured to it's mooring, the fisherman (and one woman) were transferred to the mobile CG unit who was waiting on the beach to assist. No medical assistance required. 07664/2008

06.10.2008 18:20 19:45 B-776

The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 25ft fishing boat 'Trudy' with 4 on board and engine failure. The Atlantic towed her back to Thorpe Bay moorings but the state of tide was such that she couldn't get to her own mooring. Instead the boat was placed on a nearby mooring and the 4 occupants waited for the tide to dry out and then walk ashoret themsleves. The casualties maintained contact with the mobile CG unit via mobile phone. No medical situation so SLB RTS. 07722/2008

09.10.2008 22:15 22:35 D-633

ILB launched at night to one person (male) reported missing in the vicinity of the Essex Yacht Club. First informant was the 'casualties' girlfriend who was standing on the Bell Wharf in Old Leigh. On scene, near 'The Wilton' the ILB crew found the person on his yacht unable to get ashore because he had no tender vessel.Such was the state of the tide (the casualties yacht 'Red Storm' was standing on it's twin keel) that the D class could not get in to land him near his girlfriend. The mud in the area was far too soft to have him walked or carried.So given that his vessel was secure, he was taken aboard the ILB and returned to the boathouse where the CG unti where waiting to take him back to his girlfriend. He seemed fairly unaware of the concern he had caused and it seems the panic was down to a lack of communication between him and his girlfriend on the shore. 07819/2008

12.10.2008 14:45 16:30 B-776

Whilst on Exercise the CG radioed that it had received information of a boat aground on Chapman Sands. The Lifeboat offered to swung by and check it out. On scene the crew found a day fishing boat 'Puffin' high and dry on the sandbank 2 miles South of the Archway Cafe's , Westcliff. The lone occupant was apparently on passage from Oxford and attempted to cross the sand on a fast ebbing tide and had failed. He was not familiar with the area and had neither a radio, a chart or a lifejacket. The leg of his outboard was buried in the sand and neither the boats anchor or its warp were appropriate for the kind of vessel they were attached to. It was decided to take him aboard the Lifeboat and secure his boat for the incoming tide later in the day. He indicated that he did not know where the boatyard he was meant to be heading to was. So he was taken ashore and asked to return at 21:30 when the ILB would take him back out and pilot him up the creek towards a safe mooring. 07820/2008

12.10.2008 21:30 23:50 D-682

The duty crew reassembled at the ILB boathouse to reunite the occupant of the grounded boat and to led him up The Ray to a safe mooring and put him ashore. A crewman was placed on his boat and the D class slowly led the way towards Smallgains creek. The casualty vessel had a very small outboard and it was fortunate that the sea conditions were so fine. Most of the time the speed over ground amounted to only 4 or 5 knots. Eventually the mouth of Smallgains was reached but the gentleman (apparently of Eastern European descent) was unable to confirm where his boat should be. It was also discovered that he wanted to continue up to London when the boat was made safe. So the two vessels headed up Benfleet creek where the fragile boat could be safely moored in sheltered waters and the rail station to London could be pointed out for him and directions given.the boat was placed on a free mooring at Benfleet YC and he was landed at the slipway and directed towards the station. 07855/2008

14.10.2008 17:05 18:15 B-776

Southend Lifeboat called to a 20ft yacht nearly aground in Ray Gut. The yacht was becalmed and the starter motor was not working properly so had no power to get back to mooring up Smallgains creek. The Lifeboat towed the boat as far up the Gutway as possible. The draught of the fin keel yacht was 1.8m and progress stopped as they reached the mouth of Leigh creek. The yacht was secured to a nearby mooring. The owner of the mooring was contacted and he kindly agreed to the yacht staying overnight. He needed it himself the next day to put his fishing boat back on. The occupant of the yacht was taken aboard the Lifeboat and taken back to the Pier. He agreed to make arrangements to pick the yacht up on the next high tide. The mooring used was that of the Ina K. 07907/2008

16.10.2008 15:20 16:20 B-776

Southend Lifeboat called to yacht Water Baby adrift heading towards Sea Reach No.4.SLB arrived on scene to find vessel adrift having lost a shackle, that was presumably holding it on to a mooring buoy at Thames Estuary Y.C.which was painted on the stern of the yacht. London VTS was called up on 69 and made aware of the situation since we were nearing the channel on an ebb tide and a good NW breeze. A crewman was placed aboard the yacht and a tow line secured. Southend CG suggested the yacht be bought back to a spare mooring buoy off West beach. The tide was ebbing and the yacht was placed on the mooring as quickly as possible. Thames CG were made aware of the yachts new position and the yacht club, where the boat was thought to have come from contacted with a view to the owner arranging his own recovery from there. Job done SLB RTS. 07977/2008

18.10.2008 14:50 15:20 B-776

Called to 2 persons in the water just near the Shoebury boom. Casualties believed to be in difficulty trying to recover a kite from the sea. Both taken aboard the Lifeboat with the kite and landed at the East beach sliway where Southend CG were waiting to assist. 07978/2008

18.10.2008 15:55 16:55 B-776

Launched to a 20ft angling boat with engine failure and 2 onboard. Position of casualty 1 mile south of barge pier. Taken in tow to a safe mooring off Thorpe Bay YC and the 2 occupants landed ashore. 07979/2008

18.10.2008 18:00 18:30 D-633

Southend ILB1 launched to person in the water just East of the Adventure Island amusement park. As the ILB arrived in the area the person could be seen being helped ashore by members of the public. An ambulance was also on scene and the person could be seen being taken into their care. So ILB reported this to TCG and returned to station. No assistance required. 08008/2008

21.10.2008 17:30 18:00 D-633

ILB1 launched to a yacht seen running aground off Old Leigh and then drifting out to sea. On scene the ILB crew found single handed yachtsman flask in hand waiting for the sun to set. He had grounded intentionally to put the kettle on. He was on the top of the tide and was happy to finish his tea and return to his moorigng after watching the sun go down. His outboard motot was operative and he was wearing a lifejacket. TCG informed and ILB 1 asked to return to station. False Alarm with Good Intent. 08274/2008

29.10.2008 17:10 17:40 B-776

Atlantic 75 launched to a RIB aground near the Lowway Buoy at the mouth of the Ray Gut. 2 persons on board in fine health. A line was attached to the vessel and the Atlantic managed to pull it off into deep water.The RIB was then escorted back to the pierhead. The ship from which the RIB had come, moored in the Medway, sent another RIB over to escort the original vessel back to the mother ship. 08276/2008

16.11.2008 08:45 09:05 B-776

Whilst on Exercise the Lifeboat crew spotted 1 male standing on the mud off the Pierhead. He seemed to be cut off by the tide. 2 crewmen where put on the mud to assist the man who confirmed he was stuck. So he was taken aboard and transferred to the Pierhead. Job done Lifeboat resumed Exercise. 08410/2008

16.11.2008 18:10 19:30 B-776

The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 23ft day boat not sure where they were and taking on water. Their position was just East of the pier and the lifeboat was soon on scene. Whilst attempting to come alongside it was soon apparent that the casualty vessel was unable to either obtain neutral or turn the engine off. It was suggested they steer away from the pier to allow a little more room for manoeuvring by the Helmsman in order to talk the occupants through a procedure to stop the boat.This done a crewman was placed aboard and it was quickly established that both occupants were OK and that the issue of the ingress of water was the next priority. The salvage pump was taken aboard and the leak seemed to be under control although where the water was coming from was still a mystery. The vessel was towed up the Ray and secured to a safe mooring. It was found that water only seemed to enter the boat when the engine was running. The skipper was happy to leave the boat and take the Lifeboat back to the pierhead. One of the occupants was disabled and so the Lifeboat was recovered man-riding. The Lifeboat was landed on the boathouse floor so the gentleman could get out of the boat more easily. Both were taken ashore by buggy. Total Incidents Reported: 120