2012 Services

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Date: Launch time: Return time:Rescue Unit:

08/12/2012 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 307995 Launch: 17:34 Return: 19:55 H/W: 19:30 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 25ft angling boat, with 3 persons on board, in need of help having broken down in the vicinity of the Montgomery Wreck over at Nore sand. The vessel was found and it was quickly ascertained that everyone on board was ok. Unfortunately the boat had a problem with a power linkage and had no drive. The vessel was taken in tow, across the fairway and up the Ray to the mouth of Smallgains creek where fishing vessel 'Growler' had been pre-arranged to put the vessel on its berth. This cleared the Lifeboat for RTS.

06/12/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 307817 Launch: 21:00 Return: 22:55 H/W: 05:34 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: RAIN
Search for missing person.

27/11/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 307171 Launch: 08:07 Return: 08:30 H/W: 12:50 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The hovercraft was requested to launch for 4 persons stranded about 1 mile off the shore just East of Southend Pier. The fast flowing flood tide had filled the gutways in behind them leaving them marooned on a sandbank. They had been busy collecting starfish and were unaware of the danger. All taken aboard, together with their harvest and bought safely ashore. No medical assistance required. We consider this as 4 saved as they had no lifesaving equipment with them save for a mobile phone!

20/11/2012 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 306463 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: Cause of Service: Requested to launch in support of the Hovercraft re a search for missing person. Stood down as person found in Asda! CREW ASSEMBLY

20/11/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 306463 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: MISSING PER Requested to launch for search for missing person. Stood down as person located ashore. CREW ASSEMBLY

18/11/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 306284 Launch: 14:05 Return: 15:55 H/W: 15:30 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT FORCE 4 Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 launched on service to a broken down motor vessel located some 500 yards East of Two Tree Slip. Arrived on scene to find 7 onboard a motor boat, the engine of which had been restarted. Given the number of occupants aboard and the apparent inexperience of the crew with regard to local knowledge and the fact the vessel was a recent purchase, the Lifeboat escorted them to safety. Safety advice given to them at the slipway and ILB1 cleared for RTS.

03/11/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 304943 Launch: 13:40 Return: 15:40 H/W: 14:48 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE BOOTLEGGER 2 Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was requested to assist a 30 ft sailing boat with 4 on board. The yacht was suffering with engine failure and the occupants were unable to rig a sail. The vessel was located just 1/2 mile East of the Pier and a tow set up to take the yacht upstream to an Island Yacht club mooring buoy. Once the yacht was safely secured the 4 crew were taken aboard the Lifeboat to be landed at the Pier. En route back to station another job came in over the radio...

03/11/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 304963 Launch: 13:40 Return: 15:40 H/W: 14:48 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD / WINDSURF Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
With the 4 casualties on board from the last job Thames CG radioed up a request to divert to a person in the water off Chalkwell beach in the vicinity of the Crowstone. On scene the Lifeboat crew found the female windsurfer in the water and unable to get back on her sailboard. She, and her gear were taken aboard and she was landed opposite Toulouse restaurant from where she was able to continue unassisted. The Lifeboat then RTS to land the 4 yachtsmen on the Pier who also were able to make their own way from that point on.

01/11/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 304793 Launch: 16:37 Return: 16:45 H/W: 01:57 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to a report of a lady stuck in the mud at Tewkes Creek. Launched but stood down as just clear of the Pier. The lady had been found safe and well.

20/10/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 303606 Launch: 14:35 Return: 16:00 H/W: 16:38 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLOUDY
Following a call from the Pierhead RNLI shop, the crew were alerted to a boat seen drifting past the Pierhead. Just as the crew laid eyes on the 14ft cabin cruiser, Thames CG called up to say they had received a radio call from the said boat seeking assistance! ILB2 went and was quickly on scene some 100yds West of the Pier. The 3 adults on board were all Ok but the engine had failed and they needed a tow back up to Two Tree slip. A line was passed over and the boat taken up Benfleet creek where the crew assisted them further by getting the casualty vessel back in its trailer.

16/10/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 303237 Launch: 15:30 Return: 15:55 H/W: 02:03 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SSW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: VERY ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a kitesurfer in difficulty near the Shoebury Boom. On scene found him OK but unable to cope with the prevailing weather. He was taken aboard along with his kit and safely landed at East beach where the mobile CG was on hand to assist further ashore. The weather wasn't very nice so the Lifeboat did not hang about in returning to station as soon as it was clear our intervention was over! Lives

16/10/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 320237 Launch: 15:12 Return: 15:54 H/W: 02:03 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 was launched on service to a kitesurfer off of Shoebury East beach who had managed to get through the Shoebury Boom, leaving his kite tangled in the structures framework. The Lifeboat arrived to find that the casualty was unhurt and standing in knee deep water sorting out his tangled wires. Since there wasn't much water around and the kitesurfer was OK Thames CG cleared the Lifeboat to RTS as others were able to keep an eye on him from the shore until he made it back to the beach.

30/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 301755 Launch: 13:50 Return: 14:40 H/W: 01:54 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Thames Estuary Y.C. rescue boat requested assistance with a capsized digny that had passed through the pier stem. The Lifeboat launched to find that the dinghy and its occupants had arrived safely ashore on Jubilee beach where assistance was on hand. As Returning to Station the next job came in over the radio.

30/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 301756 Launch: 13:50 Return: 14:40 H/W: 01:54 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
As clearing the last job, a Lifeboat crewman ashore suggested the Atlantic make another sweep of the combined yacht race taking place at Thames Estuary YC. A number of dinghies were upside down but the Lifeboat crew found that the club had adequate safety boat rescue cover and so left area able to respond to Thames CG who had another job for them...

30/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 301757 Launch: 13:50 Return: 14:40 H/W: 01:54 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Coastwatch requested Lifeboat assistance for 2 kitesurfers in the area of Shoebury Boom who appeared to be having difficulties. When the Lifeboat arrived the crew could see that the first one, had mananged to untangle his kite and was walking ashore. The second one had recovered his sail and was also walking to shore under the gaze of the C.G unit. No Lifeboat help required and so RTS.

29/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 301629 Launch: 13:26 Return: 14:20 H/W: 01:18 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic 75 launched to a 22ft Pacific RIB with 1 on board with machinery failure. The vessel was at anchor just S.W of Canvey Point. The Lifeboat came alongside and established that the boat needed a tow. A line astern was set up and the RIB taken back to its berth at Halcyon Boatyard up Benfleet Creek. On scene there to assist ashore was Canvey 30 (mobile CG). B-776 then RTS.

22/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 300994 Launch: 21:35 Return: 21:50 H/W: 06:11 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched following a report of a "person in the water, having fallen from a dinghy/boat". The area given was just West of the Pier opposite the Esplanade pub. On scene within minutes there was no one to be seen. The Coastguard then advised a Stand down as this Shout was deemed a hoax.

21/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 300845 Launch: 22:05 Return: 23:15 H/W: 05:16 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST

15/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 300161 Launch: 19:40 Return: 22:00 H/W: 01:11 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT CORAL MIST Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a broken down 31ft motor crusier 'Coral Mist' at Shoebury Beacon. Arrived to find 2 on board both OK but in need of a tow up the Ray. So a line was passed over and they were taken back up river to a safe mooring. The casualties elected to come over onto the Lifeboat and make land via the Pier and a trip in the Buggy.

15/09/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 300092 Launch: 12:55 Return: 14:20 H/W: 12:48 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Inshore Lifeboat was launched to a broken down 32ft motor boat 400yards off the Thames Estuary Yacht Club. One person aboard all OK but unable to get his engine to work. A line was set up and he was towed down river to his mooring off Southchurch (Lifstans Way). Once the boat was secured he was offered a lift ashore but he elected to stay onboard and walk ashore when the foreshore had dried out. Thames CG informed and LB cleared for RTS.

15/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 300091 Launch: 12:40 Return: 13:15 H/W: 00:06 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic 75 was launched to a report of a kitesurfer in difficulty just North East of th Shoebury boom head. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to find that a paddle boarder had also gone out to assist. The Atlantic then came alongside in the shallows to make sure they were both OK. Which they were. They were then advised to return ashore and have a word with the Coastwatch guard that had reported the job in. No further assistance required so RTS.

14/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 299997 Launch: 16:36 Return: 17:35 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: WNW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR
SKY The Hovercraft crew were listening on the radio at the Inshore boathouse as the search for the missing kitesurfer progressed. With the Atlantic 75, ILB2, Rescue 125 and Sheerness Lifeboat undertaking various search patterns, the remaining crew were eager to help if possible as there was still about 4 hours daylight in hand. The prevailing wind conditions were felt to be near the limit for hovercraft operations but the direction of the wind gave some shelter inland. The duty hovercraft commander offered hovercraft services and was duly launched to assist with the search. There were plenty of kitesurfers out and on the way to the area, staying in the shallows, at West beach a couple of surfers were asked if they knew of anyone coming ashore kiteless. It was as a second group were being asked the same question that about a mile SE of Barge Pier that two people with 1 kite could be seen towards the Shoebury beacon. This was swiftly investigated and then one of the people being approached started waving the hovercraft down. On landing alongside, and with a positive ID made of the manufacturer of the recovered kite, the hovercraft could report that the missing person had been found. All units stood down for RTS. The Atlantic 75 came by to pass the kite over back to its grateful owner. When asked what happened the man said he had to ditch the kite as he was overcome by the conditions as he was being pulled further and further out to sea and could not regain control. His buddy had managed to keep an eye on him but had no means of passing this information to the various search parties. Both were taken back ashore at East beach slip where the mobile CG was on hand to assist further. Hovercraft crew then RTS to finish their cups of tea!

14/09/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 299997 Launch: 15:45 Return: 17:35 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: WNW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR
SKY The offshore ILB was launched immediately after the Atlantic 75 got away to assist with the report of an abandoned kite by container ship 'Aurora' at Zulu anchorage. The ILB2 crew heard over the radio that the Atlantic 75 had recovered the kite but had no sign of the owner. Thames CG tasked the ILB2 with a water line search checking with any kitesurfers around to see if any more information could be found. The mobile CG was doing the same ashore. During a search leg confirmation arrived on the radio that all units Stood down as the Hovercraft had the casualty with them at Shoebury Beacon. Then RTS with Atlantic 75.

14/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 299997 Launch: 15:40 Return: 17:35 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: WNW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR
SKY The Atlantic 75 was launched to a missing kitesurfer after a kite was reported by the watch on container ship 'Aurora' that was anchored at Zulu anchorage. The Atlantic 75 was quickly on scene and discovered the kite at 51'29.64N ooo'52.47E but no kitesurfer to be found! ILB2 was already tasked as was Sheerness Lifeboat as this was now a search for a possible man in the water. Thames CG tasked the Atlantic 75 with an expanding box search, suggesting 1 cable length for first track and the kite as the datum. Rescue 125 also arrived and they undertook their own search pattern further out. As the search time progressed the man made island was checked and a creeping line search was just started as the Hovercraft crew had made a positive ID and was alongside the missing kitesurfer. All units stood down. On the way back to the station the Atlantic RV'd at the Shoebury beacon to reunite the kite with the surfer. Then RTS with ILB2 in formation.

14/09/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 299969 Launch: 11:18 Return: 11:55 H/W: 12:06 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
The inshore lifeboat was launched to 2 kitesurfers both reported in trouble in the vicinity of the Shoebury boom. Southend mobile CG was already on scene and had the first kitesurfer visual walking to the shore. He managed to get to the beach before ILB1 arrived in the area. The second kitesurfer had lost his kite which had flew into the M.O.D. firing range East of the boom. Rescue 125 was in the area and reported that they could see him walking ashore having recovered his kite. The Lifeboat crew got a sighting of him and was able to confirm that he was nearly ashore. Thames then cleared ILB1 for RTS as mobile CG was able to handle the job from there. RTS no further assistance required.

11/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 299672 Launch: 13:40 Return: 14:10 H/W: 21:39 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: N Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The hovercraft was launched on service to a windsurfer just East of Thorpe Bay Yacht club slipway. He was seen to be having difficulties and was causing concern. On scene the hovercraft discovered that he was a novice but was Ok to return ashore unaided. It seems a certain lack of style must have raised the alarm! Some advice was passed and the hovercraft stood by until the windsufer had met up with his brother on the beach. False alarm and cleared for RTS.

09/09/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 299503 Launch: 19:25 Return: 19:50 H/W: 19:00 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Inshore Lifeboat was launched to a capsized dinghy off Westcliff with 2 in the water. The wind had picked up such that they could not right theur upturned vessel. The Lifeboat was soon on scene but by the time they arrived the sailing dinghy and both it's occupants had been washed up on the beach opposite Argyll House. Every one was OK and the Chalkwell Lifeguards (who called the job in) were on hand to help the sailors organise some transport. Our Lifeboat crew stopped by to see if there was anything they could do but the tow home was not an option in the prevailing conditions so ILB1 then RTS.

09/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 299427 Launch: 14:00 Return: 14:15 H/W: 19:00 Type of casualty: PRS OTHER Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to assist with a missing 7 year old girl in the Jubilee beach area. the Lifeboat was well underway before getting stood down as she had been found safe and well ashore.

09/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 299386 Launch: 13:10 Return: 13:40 H/W: 18:58 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Offshore duty Crew became very concerned about a group of 4 people they could see that were standing on the foreshore about 3/4mile out just North East of the Pierhead. They requested the hovercraft go and investigate as the tide was coming in fast and they were a long way out to be cut off. On scene the hovercraft crew found that the 4 were OK but unaware of the danger they were in. They all agreed to make their own way back ashore and the hovercraft Exercised in the area until they were back at a safe distance from the shore. Various other groups were given similar advice at the same time.

08/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 299232 Launch: 14:45 Return: 16:20 H/W: 17:10 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Exercise the Atlantic 75 was diverted to a small inflatable dinghy that was seen drifting out to sea. The Lifeboat was rounding the West Leigh Middle as it got stood down as the dinghy and made land.

08/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 299238 Launch: 14:45 Return: 16:20 H/W: 17:10 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Having cleared the last Job, which turned out to be a Stand down, the Lifeboat stayed in the area to continue Exercising. The radio then sparked up with Thames CG tasking the Lifeboat to a 20ft broken down Cabin Cruiser at West Leigh Middle buoy. It didn't take long to find her. The 2 people on board were OK but the boat had a flat battery and they could not start the engine up. A line was passed and the vessel was towed up the entrance to Leigh Creek were fishing vessel 'Osprey' was waiting to take over the tow up to Smallgains creek to free the Lifeboat.

08/09/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 299199 Launch: 13:15 Return: 14:30 H/W: 18:00 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The hovercraft was launched a group of people thought to be in trouble comprising of 3 adults, 1 child and a dog. The child was on the shoulders of one of the adults, all caught out by the flooding tide just 100metres west of the Coastguard Look out at Shoeburyness. They were all OK and taken aboard and landed at East beach. The hovercraft then moved off to RTS. The crew then spotted a group of 4 teenage boys who were about 3/4mile out and completeley unaware they had been cut off by the water. They too were taken onboard and met with the mobile CG unit at East beach slip for a quick lesson in the local tide pattern!

05/09/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 298879 Launch: 17:27 Return: 17:52 H/W: 04:32 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
One of the teenage children of our Lifeboat crew was on the Jubilee beach when he spotted a swimmer attempting to reach some moored vessels. Half way out the swimmer finds himself in distress and unable to either reach his target or return ashore. The alarm was raised but our crewman's son and his friend could see that this chap was in real trouble and needed immediate help. Whilst the Coastguard had tasked the Inshore D-boat, a Police helicopter and Marine unit that were in the area also raced to the scene. ILB1 arrived to find that the 19 year old had been assisted largely by the teenagers who first spotted the casualty. The ILB crew and mobile CG unit passed the casualty to the ambulance team before leaving the scene as he needed a medical check over as he had swallowed some sea water.

05/09/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 298879 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: Cause of Service: ILB1 launched to swimmer in difficulties off Jubilee beach. The Atlantic 75 also tasked to same incident as back-up. Situation resolved as buggy making way along Pier stem. Stood down accordingly. CREW ASSEMBLY

31/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 298174 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Thames CG requested launch to assist with search for missing child off City beach (Pebbles One cafe). Stood down as situation safely resolved as launching. CREW ASSEMBLY

30/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 297997 Launch: 12:05 Return: 13:20 H/W: 12:27 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: SQUALLY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to assist ILB1, Rescue 125 and a Police RIB in a search for a person last seen clinging to a buoy off Southend Three Shells beach.The Atlantic undertook a parallel line search from the Pier up to the Crowstone creeping Northwards with East-West legs from 1 mile out at about 12 knots. There were squalls coming through all the time but visibilty inbetween them was OK and conditions were not bad for such a search. On the 5th leg of the search the Atlantic 75 crew spotted a capsized sailing dinghy with 2 in the water and having trouble getting back aboard. Thames were notified and the Lifeboat position noted as the dinghy crew did require assitance. The Lifeboat then diverted to the capsize job.

30/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 298007 Launch: 12:05 Return: 13:20 H/W: 12:27 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: SQUALLY
Diverted from the previous search that already had 3 units working together to assist a definite casualty situation that the Lifeboat spotted. A sailing dinghy had capsized and had deposited its 2 crew in the water. Some strong squalls were coming through the area and they could not get themselves righted. The Lifeboat came alongside and positioned the casualty vessel bow facing the weather. This enabled the dinghy to be righted. The problem now was that all the sail lines were tangled and the boat was unsailable. At this stage there was an option to return to the search but Thames CG were happy for the dinghy to be towed ashore back to the Thames Eastuary Yatch Club from whence they came. This was duly done and as the Lifeboat prepared to reenter in the search for the possible missing swimmer - all units were stood down as Thames CG called the search off having taken all information into account.

30/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 297997 Launch: 11:25 Return: 13:30 H/W: 12:16 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: SQUALLY
ILB1 was tasked to a 'person in the water, last seen clinging to a marker'. The first informant was with the mobile CG and together they commed the Lifeboat onto a marker which was some 400 yds offshore but no one was found holding it. Thames asked the Lifeboat to make a sweep of neighbouring buoys. Rescue 125 was also on scene which was given a wider search pattern by Thames. The Shout took a more sinister turn when a pile of clothes were found on the beach and they could not be accounted for at the time. The Atlantic 75 was then requested to beef the search up together with the Police RIB which was also in the area. ILB 1 was tasked up to the Crowstone along the water line and also along the Pier stem and to the East of the Pier, but nothing found. Confirmation then came in that the pile of clothes has been there since Tuesday (2 days prev) and after a two hour search all units were stood down as this was deeemed a false alarm.

27/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 297592 Launch: 12:59 Return: 14:05 H/W: 21:45 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was called to a kitesurfer who had made a heavy landing some 600metres off Shoebury East beach. On scene the Lifeboat crew discover the surfer had probably broken his ankle. He was put on a stretcher and landed ashore where the mobile CG was available to whisk him to Southend General hospital.

25/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 297263 Launch: 15:33 Return: 17:00 H/W: 18:57 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY Cause of Service: STEERNG FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST Thames CG tasked the offshore D-class to a saling boat with a snapped rudder off West beach, Shoeburyness. On scene the Lifeboat crew came across 5 persons onboard and the vessel taking on water. 4 persons were taken off and quickly landed ashore whilst one crewman and a pump were put onboard to pump out the water. A large bung was put in a hole that was found in the rudder area and the boat was pumped dry allowing the vessel to be towed in and the skipper taken ashore.

24/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 297131 Launch: 16:05 Return: 16:18 H/W: 17:54 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: RAIN
ILB2 launched to two swimmers in difficulty off Chalkwell beach. En route more information was coming in that it was two children and that at least one was ashore. The oxygen was at the ready in the Lifeboat and it could be seen that both children were ashore. However, the mobile CG was on scene already and the two boys were being comforted by their mothers. An ambulance was on the way to make sure but the boys had had a fright in the choppy waves but other than that and being a little cold were all OK. ILB RTS as casualties already in the care of others.

23/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 297022 Launch: 18:40 Return: 20:00 H/W: 05:37 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY The Atlantic 75 launched to assist ILB1 which had a line on 30ft motorboat 'Shearwater' which had been adrift with 2 on board and a failed engine heading for the channel fairway. On scene the tow was transferred to the Atlantic 75 and taken back to Holehaven where she was put on a mooring. The 2 occupants then got ashore by their own dinghy leaving B-776 cleared for RTS.

23/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 297022 Launch: 18:05 Return: 19:05 H/W: 05:37 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB1 tasked to an 18 foot long vessel called 'Shearwater' reported broken down and heading for the fairway. On scene the Lifeboat crew come across 'Shearwater' with 2 persons on board but she is actually 33 feet long! Both occupants were OK but unable to make repairs. ILB1 got a line onto her and kept her out of harms way whilst the Atlantic 75 launched to take over the tow. The ILB, casualty vessel and the Atlantic met at Canvey Point and the handover was made relieving ILB1 to RTS. See Atlantic report for rest of story.

23/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 297013 Launch: 17:10 Return: 17:20 H/W: 17:04 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY ILB1 launched for a reported swimmer in difficulty somewhere ' west of the Pier' no further detail given. On launch the Coastguard was able to give an area of off the Alexander Yacht Club. the mobile CG was on scene and together with the first informant the D-class was commed onto a mooring buoy which has caused the alarm! False Alarm with Good Intent. ILB1 RTS.

21/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 296683 Launch: 18:00 Return: 21:00 H/W: 04:11 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE LADY ROSE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was called to a 26ft yacht, which was stuck 1 mile South of the Blacktail Spit with a tarpaulin wrapped around it's propellor. The Lifeboat was on scene 20 minutes after launch and the crew had a go at freeing the snag. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful. The single occupant aboard the stricken yacht was in good health. The next option was to tow the boat back. The tide was on a spring ebb so the all weather pontoon at Queenborough was the target to aim for. Sheppey Mobile were made aware and were there to assist ashore whent the yacht was made safe on the pontoon after the 2 hour tow up river.

19/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 296302 Launch: 17:15 Return: 17:55 H/W: 02:54 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY ILB2 tasked to a broken down speedbaot with 3 on board. The Lifeboat found the vessel 1/4 mile off Thorpe Bay beach with a broken outboard. All 3 persons were OK but a tow was required back the West beach slip where the mobile CG was waiting to assist. All Ok ILB2 cleared for RTS

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 296031 Launch: 19:50 Return: 20:05 H/W: 02:17 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked following a report from Southend Foreshore department of 4 male adults aboard an inflatable dinghy that appeared to be drifting out on the tide. The Lifeboat launched and came around to the West side of the Pierhead as they were some 100metres off the head of the Pier. A crewman was put in the shallows and he walked towards the dinghy and asked them if they were Ok and aware of the situation they were in. The men agreed it was probably best to go back ashore. The Lifeboat crewman was recovered aboard the Lifeboat and the Foreshore office followed the 4 men and the dinghy back ashore via CCTV.

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 294941 Launch: 14:43 Return: 15:45 H/W: 02:17 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Excerise the ILB2 crew spotted a swimmer about 3/4 mile out from the shore. He did not seem to be making much progress and so the Lifeboat crew went closer to investigate. They found a man that was clearly exhausted and was clearly struggling. He agreed to be taken aboard and was landed at Thorpe Bay beach. He was fine as soon as he had recovered his breath but there was no doubt he would have been in serious trouble had the Lifeboat crew not spotted him. No further assistance required the Lifeboat so the D-class returned to Exercise.

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 295931 Launch: 12:10 Return: 14:15 H/W: 13:56 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Thames CG tasked the Atlantic 75 to the area of Jubilee beach as reports were coming in of a missing child. The Atlantic sped to the scene but was stood down en route as the child had been located safe and well ashore.

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 295873 Launch: 12:10 Return: 14:15 H/W: 13:56 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 diverted to reports of 2 swimmers off Bell Wharf in Old Leigh possibly in trouble. Once in the area the Lifeboat made a sweep of the area which ran from the Wilton down to The Crowstone. Various swimmers were met on the way, none of which were in trouble. Thames stood down the Lifeboat as this was designated as a False Alarm.

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 295894 Launch: 12:10 Return: 14:15 H/W: 13:56 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a capsized Jet ski which had deposited 2 people in the water. The male rider had managaed to get the Jet -ski upright and get it running as the Lifebaot arrived on scene. The female rider was unable to get back on board it and so she was taken aboard the Lifeboat. Both riders were ok but the Jet-ski was suffering after its 'glugging'. The machine was escorted back to the slipway and both riders were handed over to the mobile CG who assisted ashore.

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: SBC GIN: H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: ILLNESS The Lifeboat Buggy was requested by Pier staff to assist with the transferance of an elderly lady to the shore. In attendance with her were pier staff and an ambulance team. The woman was thought to have suffered a heart attack and she needed taking ashore promptly. This was done and an ambulance was ready to collect her as soon as the Buggy arrived. CREW ASSEMBLY

18/08/2012 Lifeboat No: SBC GIN: 296048 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: On arrival back ashore at the end of the Saturday Pierhaed duty stint, the Lifeboat crew was flagged down by members of the public who were concerned for the welfare of 1 adult male and 3 children who were spotted out in the dark walking across the foreshore on a sharp oyster bank. One of our crewmen, got dressed appropriately and went out to investigate further. He discovered that the adult male seemed intoxicated and was injured with a bleeding nose he said he suffered following a fall on the mud. He also reported that his son was missing. So all details were passed to Thames CG who escalated the details to the Police, and requested their assistance at the Boathouse, as the male was becoming increasingly more agitated. The children were being looked after by the other crew, they had minor cuts to their feet and basic First Aid was applied. The male was harder to attend to regarding his nose. Meanwhile, a missing 9 year old boy had been found at the nearby SeaLife Centre and this was the missing son that the man reported. The Police took all the children back to the Police station to be reunited with the mother. The father was taken in a different car and the Lifeboat crew were finally able to return home after a long days duty. CREW ASSEMBLY

17/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 294790 Launch: 21:15 Return: 22:15 H/W: 01:39 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Following a report of cries for help coming from the foreshore, the Hovercraft was launched to the area of The Crowstone, Westcliff beach. On arrival in the area nothing untoward was seen. The mobile CG pushed the search up towards the Wilton (E.Y.C) but again nothing was found. Stood down by Thames as false alarm.

13/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 295166 Launch: 19:36 Return: 19:50 H/W: 22:26 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY

12/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 194999 Launch: 17:20 Return: 17:35 H/W: 21:05 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Offshore D-class was requested to investigate an inflatbale dinghy with 3 children aboard that appeared to be getting blown out to sea. The area the dinghy was found in was of the Southend Marine Activity Centre (SMAC's). The ILB managed to get alongside but was unable to get them ashore. The hovercraft was about and so the 3 boys were transferred aboard that and taken back ashore with their inflatable.

12/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 294993 Launch: 17:06 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:05 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was requested to investigate a sighting of a fully clothed man offshore at the Essex Yacht Club having crossed Leigh creeek and walking out to seaward. Arrived on scene and man advised of flooding tide but he did not want any assistance. Mobile CG kept an eye on him as Hovercraft diverted to another incident.

12/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 294999 Launch: 17:06 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:05 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft diverted to ILB2 with transfer of 3 boys who were drifting out to sea on a inflatable dinghy. They were taken ashore and passed to the mobile CG and one very angry mother! Safety advice was issued.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 294780 Launch: 18:03 Return: 19:20 H/W: 19:42 Type of casualty: OBJECT OBJECT IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DEBRIS Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Launched to recover an abandoned inflatable that was looking to create a false alarm.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 294787 Launch: 18:03 Return: 19:20 H/W: 19:42 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT 16FT DAYBOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY ILB1 tasked to a 16ft dayboat that was seen adrift having lost it's mooring. The lifeboat came alongside to find the boat safely secure, suggesting there was no one involved. Investigations ashore were made and the boat was put on an emergency council mooring. ILB 1 then RTS.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 294689 Launch: 14:58 Return: 15:09 H/W: 19:48 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted from Exercise by the sighting of a young girl seen waist high in water in a gutway near the Mulberry harbour. She was taken aboard and landed safe and well. The mobile CG was on hand to assist ashore. B-776 then Returned to Exercise.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 294689 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:00 H/W: 19:48 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY The Hovercraft was launched to 2 groups of people reported cut off by the tide. On scene the hovercraft crew found the fist group wading ashore some 2/3 mile out and the other group about 1/2 mile out. All were picked up in the vicinity of the Mulberry harbour and safely deposited on the beach.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 294759 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:00 H/W: 19:48 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Diverted from last shout to a report of a person missing, thought to be in the water off Jubilee beach (Pebbles 2 cafe). As en route stood down as, the child, had been found safely ashore.

11/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 294759 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT ROLLING THUNDER Cause of Service: ILB1 requested to launch for search for missing 8 year old boy. Stood down before Lifeboat away as he was found. CREW ASSEMBLY

10/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 294498 Launch: 17:38 Return: 17:45 H/W: 03:22 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
While the Atlantic 75 was away dealing with a tow back to Tow Tree slip Thames CG requested ILB2 launch for missing girl, reportedly from the Jubilee beach area. Lifeboat launched but quickly stood down as she had been found safely ashore.

10/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 294468 Launch: 16:25 Return: 18:45 H/W: 03:22 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT ROLLING THUNDER Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Sheerness Lifeboat station had picked up 18ft sports boat (Seadoo) with 4 persons on board up one of the creeks of the Medway river. Southend Lifeboat tasked to take over the tow as the vessel was launched from Two Tree Island slipway. All persons OK and happy to stay aboard for tow from Medway to Two Tree. Met by mobile CG who assisted with boat recovery. B-776 then cleared for RTS.

09/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 294311 Launch: 19:13 Return: 19:45 H/W: 19:59 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

09/08/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 294311 Launch: 19:13 Return: 19:45 H/W: 19:59 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

04/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 293476 Launch: 13:30 Return: 17:30 H/W: 03:22 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to 3 on board a 40ft cabin cruiser "Auntie J" which was anchored up just outside the head of the Shoebury boom and just East of the transit with the Sheobury beacon (it dries out there!). In a very choppy sea 2 Lifeboat crew were put aboard the vessel, which although well anchored was rocking about quite severely in the chop of the tide and the SW wind. It was quickly apparent that although the mother, father and 10 year old son were all conscious, they were pretty much incapacitated by the sea sickness and all were vomiting and clearly not very happy. Whilst assessing who to deal with first Thames CG confirmed that Rescue 125 were in the area and available to help out. This was most welcome as the boat to Lifeboat transfer of casualties would not have been particularly easy given the condition of the casualties, the sea chop and the difference in freeboard of the boats. The Lifeboat crewman aboard assessed the cabin cruiser as although not being ideal for air-lifts, had some deck space and probably gave the best platform from which to lift. There was certainly plenty of moving air for the helicopter to work with. The Sea King pilot was on scene in minutes and a winchman was lowered onto the boat. First the young man was taken up, quickly followed by Mum and Dad. Whilst this was happening it could be heard on the radio that another vessel, some 5/6 miles West (cabin cruiser 'Twister') of this scene was calling for help, thought to be sinking. With the casualties safe aboard the helicopter, SLB made it's way West at best speed to the next scene but stood down 5 minutes into the run as others (Police rib) had got on scene and resolved the problem. The Atlantic 75 crew then returned to 'Auntie J' to make her safe. She needed moving from where she was as she did not have a hull designed for a drying out bed. A line was put on her and the anchored lifted. She was taken for a long tow (against the ebbing tide) to an emergency mooring in Hadleigh Ray. By the time the Lifeboat crew had lashed her up securely on a mooring Thames CG were able to report that all 2 casualties had made a fine recovery and were looking forward to getting back on board.

04/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 293487 Launch: 13:30 Return: 17:30 H/W: 03:22 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on last job, assisting with casualty air lift from 'Auntie J', fishing vessel 'Twister' hails Thames CG as reportedly taking on water near West Leigh Middle buoy. Atlantic 75 not tasked straight away as Thames CG managed to get more information from the stricken 'Twister' and new information given suggested call not as desperate as first thought. A Police rib was in the area and seeking to assist. When the Lifeboat was cleared of operations with Rescue 125 we sped towards the scene of 'Twister'. Was stood down en route as Police on scene, resolved the problem. The Atlantic crew then returned to the scene of the last shout.

03/08/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 293229 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:25 H/W: 02:41 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Thames CG requested Atlantic 75 go to a fishing vessel anchored in the Hadleigh Ray with 6 persons on board, including 2 children. One of the children had sat on a fish hook and needed medical assistance. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and the casualty was assessed and made comfortable for a boat transfer to the Pierhead. The buggy was ready to take the young man down the Pier and into the care of paramedics that had also been called. The Lifeboat then returned to the scene to transfer the another 2 children aboard who were going to be passed to their mother. The fishing vessel was then able to return to its mooring with no further Lifeboat assistance.

29/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 292663 Launch: 16:20 Return: 17:15 H/W: 21:53 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to person stuck in mud some 100 yards East of the Pier. ILB2 on way already. H-004 arrived to beat the ILB2 crew to scene. Found that the young lady had been freed by other members of the public and was fine to make her own way ashore. No further assitance required. RTS.

29/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 292663 Launch: 15:47 Return: 16:40 H/W: 21:53 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
ILB2 launched to assist a person reportedly trapped in the mud on the foreshore just East of the Pier. Hoevercraft also tasked but ILB2 able to assist. 2 crewmen put on foreshore as far in as D- boat could get (100metres away). As Hovercraft arrived on scene, to beat them there , crew returned to D boat. On return to station a sweep of the West side made to ensure nothing untoward appearing there on the flooding tide. RTS no further assistance required.

29/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 292561 Launch: 03:44 Return: 05:00 H/W: 09:18 Type of casualty: MULTI ENG Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlntic 75 was tasked to a trimaran that had suffered engine failure and had grounded just West of the Pier. A Border Agency patrol vessel (Vigilant) had requested assistance and asked if the vessel could be put in a safe haven. As the crew were about to prepare for launch they got Stood down as the Police rib had managed to pull the craft off and found it was able to restart its engine. No further assistance required.

28/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 292491 Launch: 16:00 Return: 17:30 H/W: 21:00 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: N Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Launched to assist Atlantic 75 crew which had picked out 2 boys suffering from cut feet and being stranded by an incoming tide until they were waist deep. Launched with a paramedic onboard as the Atlantic 75 had alerted for an ambulance as well. Bought them ashore and their mother arrived to greet them as well.

28/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 292431 Launch: 15:26 Return: 17:30 H/W: 20:30 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was tasked with taking a tow over from Sheerness Lifeboat. The casualty vessel was a 31ft angling boat with 2 onboard. They required a tow up to Smallgains creek and were put on a mooring just short as they needed more water and a friend was able to come out to them later. Both occupants stayed aboard and Thames were happy to clear the Lifeboat for RTS. Instead though, the Lifeboat was retasked for a new job...

28/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 292476 Launch: 15:26 Return: 17:30 H/W: 20:30 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
As the Southend Lifeboat was just launching to take a tow over from the Sheerness Lifeboat - the Sheerness crew had spotted 2 people causing concern to them further down the river. They had seen 2 people with a yellow inflatable boat just inside the Mulberry harbour. That was quite a way out and so the CG tasked Southend Lifeboat to take a closer look. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the 2 people were walking along the tideline, so a crewman was put ashore and approached them with a view of passing advice. They agreed it would be best to return ashore and the Lifeboat stood by in the area until the mobile CG unit had them visual. The Lifeboat then went on to take the tow of the fishing vessel over.

28/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 292491 Launch: 15:26 Return: 17:30 H/W: 20:30 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
On returning to the Pier from the last job Thames CG radioed in an alert (999) of a child stuck under the Pier. The Lifeboat was soon on scene but no one could be seen. So the Lifeboat proceeded along the Pier towards the shore, however the water was quite low so the Hovercraft was requested. Half way down the Pier the mobile CG gave a position off Sands restaurant of 2 boys in apparent distress. The Atlantic 75 negiotiated the shallows but got in to them and found 2 lads 100 metres offshore, waist deep in water but unable to move as they were surrounded by sharp mussel beds. They were taken aboard and the Hovercraft came alongside to transfer the lads ashore. The hovercraft had paramedics on board and they were given quick medical help for cuts. The boys had their mobile phones with them and it was arranged that their mother would meet them at the Inshore Lifeboat house.

28/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 292390 Launch: 06:50 Return: 08:30 H/W: 08:02 Type of casualty: VEHICLE MOTOR VEHICLE Cause of Service: N.E.S Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
The D-class was launched to a report of a submerged vehicle off the Boom-way East of the Shoebury boom. There was concern by the Coastguard that a person might be inside the vehicle. On scene it was apparent that the car was empty. It was marked and left for other agencies to deal with.

26/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 292159 Launch: 14:56 Return: 15:50 H/W: 18:14 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
A report came in of 4 teenage girls cut off by the tide off Chalkwell shore. The ILB 1 was sent to the area and a search was made from the entrance of Leigh Creek and the surrounding area. Nothing found but then a report came in that they had all been found safe and well ashore. Cleared for RTS.

26/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 292087 Launch: 09:20 Return: 13:25 H/W: 18:14 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) PHOENIX Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Thames CG reported a 21' fishing vessel 'Phoenix' adroft off the Mulberry Harbour with engine failure and a fuel leak. The Lifeboat conducted a search of the area but could not see the boat. Further informaton given moved the search a little further down river. The fishing boat, with 2 on board was located 1/4mile South East of Sea Reach No.1. There was a fair swell in the sea but a toww-line was set up and the vessel taken back up river and placed on a mooring in Hadleigh Ray. The 2 occupants who were both OK were taken aboard the Lifeboat and bought back to the Pier for transferance ashore where they met up with the mobile CG unit.

26/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 292221 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: Cause of Service: Stood down before launch as missing person found ashore by the Coastguard. CREW ASSEMBLY

26/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 292087 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: Cause of Service: No launch, but asked to Stand- by for incident regarding a suspect missing boat. CREW ASSEMBLY

26/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 292144 H/W: 18:24 Type of casualty: Cause of Service: Thames Coasguard requested H-004 for launch to 2 persons cut of by the tide near the Mulberry harbour. Stood down as confirmation arrived of situation resolved. CREW ASSEMBLY

25/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 291928 Launch: 17:22 Return: 17:40 H/W: 17:24 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Thames Cg requested lILB 1 launch to 2 missing 13 year old girls last seen on a blue/yellow inflatable dinghy off Jubilee beach. ILB 1 stood down after 5 min launch as girls were safely accounted for elsewhere.

23/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 291387 Launch: 11:40 Return: 12:05 H/W: 15:05 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched to assist 3 male adults who found themseleves cut off by the incoming tide at the Mulberry harbour. H-004 arrived on scene to find the men OK but in need of a lift ashore. They were taken to the CG look-out where the CG mobile unit was on hand to give them some advice about the local tide patterns.

22/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 291181 Launch: 13:40 Return: 14:05 H/W: 15:29 Type of casualty: BODY Cause of Service: RECOVER BODY Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 asked by Thames CG to assist the Atlantic 75 crew who had recovered a human body from the sea. A stretcher was passed across from Lifeboat to Lifeboat as this was needed for transferance of the body to the authorities on land.

22/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 291181 Launch: 13:09 Return: 15:00 H/W: 15:29 Type of casualty: BODY Cause of Service: RECOVER BODY Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Exercise in Leigh Creek, Thame CG asked the Atlantic 75 crew to go Blacktail Spit where a yacht "St Thomas" was standing by having reported a suspect object in the water. The Lifeboat arrived to confirm that the object was a dead body. It was evident to the crew that the corpse had been there for sometime. The yacht's skipper was thanked for his assistance and then asked to leave the area. The body was then recovered from the sea and placed in a body bag. Thames were advised of the situation and the Lifeboat headed for Two Tree Slip. En route past the Pierhead ILB2 came out and passed a stretcher to assist with the job of transferance from boat to land. At Two Tree slip were Southend CG and the Police. The Lifeboat was then cleared for RTS.

19/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 290752 Launch: 23:10 Return: 00:10 H/W: 02:02 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG UNIDENTIFIED DISTRESS SIGNALS Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched following a report of a sighting of red flare off Two Tree Island. The Lifeboat sped to Canvey Point but conditions we so good it was quickly apparent there was no distress in the area. Stood down by CG for RTS.

19/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 290752 Launch: 23:05 Return: 23:55 H/W: 02:02 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG UNIDENTIFIED DISTRESS SIGNALS Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: WSW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
ILB1 launched following a report from Southend CG of a red flare seen off the shore at Two Tree Island. ILB1 searched along the Ray up to the Leigh Creek entrane then along to Two Tree, past Two Tree slip and up Benfleet creek as far as Tewkes Creek. Nothing found and stood down by CG as false alarm.

19/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 290749 Launch: 21:40 Return: 21:55 H/W: 02:02 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
ILB2 launched to search Pierhead and water line for a missing female thought to be intent on self harm. Two crew deployed on Pier lower level with floodlights. 15 minutes into search stood down as person indentified in a vehicle by Police.

19/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 290749 H/W: 02:02 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER The Hovercraft was bought to immediate readiness following Police concern for a missing person believed possibly to be on the foreshore. Stood down as investigations confirmed person in car inland. CREW ASSEMBLY

11/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 289800 Launch: 21:40 Return: 22:15 H/W: 07:27 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched at dusk following report of person walking into the sea fully clothed. The Police and CG were on the Shore but unable to get the person in. Approaching the young man from the seaward side the Hovercraft got him aboard from approx 2 ft of water, and took him straight ashore where the mobile CG unti took him in hand. The young man seemed oblivious to what was going on around him but he was soon in the care of an ambulance crew having been blanketed and observed by the CG team. H-004 then cleared for RTS.

09/07/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 289484 Launch: 07:15 Return: 07:30 H/W: 17:17 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Arrived on scene to find that ILB1 crew had unsnagged the 10 metre yacht from the mooring line. the yacht was then checked for any damage but appeared to have not suffered. So the yacht continued on its way. SLB then RTS.

09/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 289484 Launch: 07:00 Return: 07:38 H/W: 17:17 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 1 sent away immediately to a yacht that was 'attached' to a mooring line or race mark. Atlantic 75 tasked as back-up. ILB1 arrived on scene and found that 2 occupants on board were all OK but had been unable to release the prop. A crewman was put into the water and managed to free the rudder from the chain that had got caught. ILB 1 was then released for RTS as the Atlantic 75 came on scene to continue with the job.

08/07/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: H/W: 16:36 Type of casualty: PRS ISLAND PERSON ON ISLAND Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS CREW ASSEMBLY

07/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 289212 Launch: 14:30 Return: 16:50 H/W: 15:55 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: S Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Inshore D-class was tasked following a report from a member of public of a person in difficulty in the water off the shoreline near the Crowstone, Westcliff beach. An area opposite the Toulouse Restaurant up to Essex Yacht Club was identified and ILB searched the area. Many swimmers were checked en route but nothing untoward was found. After a good sweep of the area CG stood ILB1 down for RTS. Taking the long route home - a call came in over the radio for the next job...

07/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 289226 Launch: 14:30 Return: 16:50 H/W: 15:55 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: S Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Coastguard tasked ILB1 to investigate a report of two people in an inflatable dinghy rowing a mile out towards a derelict barge moored in the Ray off Leigh on sea shoreline. On arrival on scene the Lifeboat crew found 2 adult male occupants with no lifejackets or any safety equipment bar a mobile phone. They were intent on spending the night fishing from the barge. This was checked with the authorities and no such permission appeared to have been granted. The Lifeboat crew could only pass safety advice but were unable to persuade the fishermen otherwise. Thames CG notified of situation and ILB1 continued to RTS.

04/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 288785 Launch: 14:15 Return: 15:15 H/W: 02:08 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
A Jet-Ski had broken down inbetween Barge Pier and the Firing range. So the ILB1 set off for East beach area and quickly located the striken machine and its rider. The adult male was taken aboard and he was fine but his Jet ski was not working. It was taken in tow back to the Ness Road slip where it was recovered onto its trailer.

02/07/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 288554 Launch: 12:45 Return: 13:10 H/W: 00:21 Type of casualty: CANOE/KAYAK CANOE/KAYAK N/A Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
ILB1 tasked to Barge Pier for reports of 2 kayaks in trouble, one capsized. The D-class was well en route when stood down over the radio as both parties had made it safely ashore where the mobile CG was on hand to 'tidy up'.

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 288291 Launch: 16:46 Return: 19:05 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY
The Offshore D-class crew spotted 2 adult males in the water and having lots of difficulty swimming against the flooding tide. The CG and DLA was informed as this self launch was quickly underway. The ILB got alongside and quickly picked out 2 very grateful men who were OK but quite tired. They were taken ashore and the mobile CG was soon on hand to chekc them out. The ILB was about to RTS when asked to divert to assist the Atlantic 75 which was on scene with a nearby casualty vessel and having some radio communications problems.

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 288229 Launch: 16:46 Return: 19:05 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE RAGTIME BLUES Cause of Service: STEERNG FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 crew were tending to a tow line that was being set up by a Lifeboat crewman on board the yacht suffering with a broken anchor. The radio aboard the Atlantic 75 was giving out interference on Tx mode and in the windy conditions, the handheld radio was not much better. Since the ILB2 was nearby it was tasked to back-up the Atlantic 75 and bridge any comm's. The D-class crew followed the job along, and ultimately escorted the yacht right up the Ray to Island Yacht club which the skipper negotiated very well with some very 'fuzzy' steering. All done - ILB2 cleared for RTS.

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 288299 Launch: 16:46 Return: 19:05 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY
ILB2 was RTS from the last job , which was the yacht escort to Island YC when Thames CG tasked the crew to make best speed offshore at Pebbles beach, Southend. There had been a report of a man in the water, struggling against the flood tide. The D-class crew arrived on scene to find that a bystander had jumped in to help and that both were now safely on the shore and being tended to by Southend mobile CG. No further assistance required the ILB was cleared for RTS.

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 288320 Launch: 15:30 Return: 18:45 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE WAYFARER Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The duty crew witnessed the capsizing of a 16ft yacht that was taking part in the annual Nore race. It could be seen that in the prevailing conditions that the occupants would need help so the Atlantic 75 went to assist. On scene as the Lifeboat arrived, it could be seen that both occupants of the yacht were OK and that the yacht had been uprighted with the aid of the Race safety boat in attendance. The trouble was that the yacht was taking water and clearly sinking when going under way. A Lifeboat crewman was put aboard with the salvage pump and the ingress of water was immediately compensated for allowing the tow, by the Race safety boat to continue, back to Thorpe Bay Yacht club. This freed the Atlantic 75 up for the next job which duly came over the radio from Thames CG.

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 288229 Launch: 15:30 Return: 18:45 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE RAGTIME BLUES Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Diverted from the last incident to a 24ft yacht which was anchored 1/4 mile South East of the Mulberry Harbour having suffered a snapped rudder. The occupants were OK but the vessel was not in proper anchorage and the weather was fairly inclement. In difficult conditions a Lifeboat crewman was put aboard and a tow line set up to get the yacht in the relative sanctuary of the The Ray gutway. It was about this time that ILB2 arrived on scene, having just finished a nearby job. The Atlantic 75 was thought to have a radio problem and ILB2 assisted later on in this Shout as an escort. With some tension put on the line, the crewman was able to heave in the yachts anchor. The yacht was then reanchored in the Ray. It was decided that with the conditions calming that the yacht would be able to make its own way further up the Ray later on to its berth at Island Yacht Club and with more water about and ILB2 in escort the Atlantic 75 was then free to RTS. Or so the crew thought, but on the way back they came across the next job to complete the hat trick for this single launch!

30/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 288322 Launch: 15:30 Return: 18:45 H/W: 22:09 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE OUT OF FOCUS Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 crew on RTS from the last job came across a 26ft yacht which was laying aground near the entrance buoy to the Ray gut 'Low-way'. The 2 persons aboard had been trying to unsnag a rope which had fouled the propellor of the outboard engine. The a line was taken from the Atlantic 75 and the yacht was pulled off the sandbank and taken in tow 1/2 mile up the Ray. A private vessel was then arranged, (skippers mate) to take the tow over to get the yacht up to Benfleet creek when the flood tide gave sufficient depth. Job done the Atlantic 75 made the dash back to station to get the kettle on.

23/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 287433 Launch: 14:37 Return: 15:10 H/W: 15:45 Type of casualty: YACHT NO ENG YACHT, NO ENGINE Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Thames requested ILB2 prepare for immediate readiness following the Atlantic 75 tasking to the sunken yacht. Then was asked to launch to back up should the first informants fears be realised. The Atlantic 75 arrived on scene first and pretty much de-fused the situation before ILB2 got there. After some investigation of the scene, and all parties being happy, both units were cleared for RTS.

23/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 287433 Launch: 14:35 Return: 15:00 H/W: 15:45 Type of casualty: YACHT NO ENG YACHT, NO ENGINE Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was requested for immediate launch to reports of a sunken yacht and 2/4 people in the water. The yacht was off the shore at Chalkwell (Grosvenor Road) and the Lifeboat arrived to find the vessel had just gone down under. It was clear that the 'people' in the water were in fact 3 fender buoys that were being used as markers. This was confirmed as the first informant was still in contact. The Lifeboat crew confirmed that the yacht cabin door was locked and it was very unlikely that anyone was aboard. Cleared for RTS.

23/06/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 287407 Launch: 11:45 Return: 13:05 H/W: 15:45 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Called to assist ILB2 who was attending a downed kitesurfer. He was in the vicinity of Shoebury, West beach and had landed hard injuring his leg. An ambulance was requested and he was taken from the care of ILB2 via a stretcher and taken aboard for transit to waiting ambulance and mobile CG on West beach slip. Care sheet details with ILB2 report as they started care with application of oxygen.

23/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 287407 Launch: 11:25 Return: 13:15 H/W: 15:55 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2 launched to reports of s kitesurfer who had fallen hard and was struggling in between Uncle Tom's cabin and the Shoebury Boom. The ILB2 got to Thorpe Bay beach and landed 2 crew who walked along from the shore whilst the ILB worked its way in through the shallows. The two crew arrived on scene and initiated casualty care, the adult male had big trauma (possibly broken) in his right leg. The ILB arrived and oxygen was given and he was prepared for transit to the Hovercraft which was on its way to allow handover to an ambulance that was waiting at Ness Road slip.

20/06/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 287152 Launch: 19:37 Return: 20:00 H/W: 02:19 Type of casualty: OBJECT OBJECT IN THE SEA Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched following a request from the Coastguard to investigate what was thought to be a washed up Second World War bomb near the Shoebury boom. The first informant was with the mobile CG at Shoebury East beach where they rendezvoued with the Hovercraft. All were taken aboard and the Hovercraft parked up 100metres away whilst the CG went closer to investigate. The object turned out to be a sheet of metal. So the hovercraft took the first informant and the CG back ashore and was then cleared for RTS.

18/06/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 286912 Launch: 13:00 Return: 13:30 H/W: 12:48 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB1 launched quickly to a report of 3 in the water off Bell Wharf. En route it transpired that first informant was our LOM who requested pagers be put in. As Lifeboat was being launched another private vessel (One man on a 6m RIB) was in the area and also tasked to the casualties. He managed to get alongside and get them all onboard. By the time the Lifeboat was in the area it was all over. The children were all OK. On meeting the mobile CG unit on Bell Wharf, he confirmed that another vessel had picked the 3 children out and they were on their in the direction of Canvey. The ILB was then tasked to find them and confirm that no medical attention was required. But before the ILB1 could get to Two Tree slip (where the private RIB was now headed) they had been landed and taken away by their parents. All reported to Thames CG who cleared the ILB for RTS.

17/06/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 286853 Launch: 19:45 Return: 20:15 H/W: 12:08 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
The Hovercraft was launched to the vicinity of Shoebury East beach following the discovery of a pile of clothes on the beach and no one around to account for them. With the tide flooding fast the Hovercraft was sent to the area and quickly spotted a person walking towards the shore from the shallows. On arrival, it was confirmed he was the owner of the clothes and was on his way back ashore with his kitesurfing equipment. Hovercraft was cleared for RTS but the mobile CG met up with the man to advise that perhaps in future it might be an idea to leave a note with any belongings stating at least what time he entered the water. That way at least more sinister intentions could be ruled out in future.

10/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 286198 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:30 H/W: 17:46 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) SUNNYSIDE Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to fishing vessel 'Sunnyside' a 30ft cabin cruiser with 2 on board and with an engine on fire. The position given was the vicinity of the Blacktail Spit buoy. Arrived on scene to find the casualty vessel with fire put out and under tow from another vessel the 'Int- T-Net'. Lifeboat crew ensured that the fire was out and that there were no injuries to address. Vessel 'Int-T-Net' was happy to proceed with the tow back to Smallgains creek and thus allow the Lifeboat to free up for any other jobs. This much appreciated by all, and cleared with the CG enabled SLB to RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

09/06/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 286082 Launch: 15:40 Return: 15:50 H/W: 16:58 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD / WINDSURF Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic 75 tasked to a kitesurfer reported having difficulty, possibly injured near the Shoebury Boom. En route stood down as confirmation came in that he had been helped ashore by others and didn't need further assistance. Cleared for RTS by CG. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/06/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 285014 Launch: 15:10 Return: 16:40 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT SUZY LEE Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Hovercraft launched to a vessel aground, the 'Suzy Lee'. A 22ft cabin cruiser with one person aboard and run aground. The position given as up Holehaven Creek near the Fobbing Flood Barrier. On scene found that the vessel was well grounded and so the anchor was set and the skipper taken off and landed safely on the shore. Cleared for RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

30/05/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 284661 Launch: 14:45 Return: 15:10 H/W: 20:19 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched to a report of a person stranded 1 mile out just East of the Pier. Arrived to find a couple of groups of people paddling in the shallows but in no distress. They were all advised of the incoming tide and happy to keep and eye on it and make their own way back ashore. Thames CG pointed out on the radio that they had a similar situation occuring 4 miles further East opposite Maplin Way, as the Hovercraft turned to investigate that situation resolved itself and so the Hovercraft continued it's sweep around until it was pointing back to station. Cleared for RTS as false alarm. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

29/05/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: H/W: 18:08 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING CREW ASSEMBLY

29/05/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: H/W: 07:58 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER CREW ASSEMBLY

27/05/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 284279 Launch: 17:15 Return: 18:15 H/W: 17:10 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 crew were launched to a broken down day boat off Westcliff beach with 4 persons on board. Arrived to find all OK except the engine had broken down. The 3 male and 1 female adult occupants stayed aboard whilst a tow was set up. They were then towed across the fairway to Allhallows where they were recovered on the slipway. A75 then cleared for RTS.

26/05/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 283929 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:29 H/W: 16:30 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 sent to 3 persons reported adrift on an inflatable dinghy by an informant near Camper Road, along the seafront at Thorpe Bay. The D-class arrived on scene to find 3 teenagers unable to get ashore, so they were taken aboard the lifeboat, the inflatable was deflated and taken as well and all were landed on the beach near the slipway opposite Camper Road. All OK and ILB2 called to next job.

26/05/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 283938 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:29 H/W: 16:30 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 tasked to attend the area of the Southend pier as reports of a possible suicide attempt were being received. On scene the ILB stood by as 2 Police PWC's dealt with the casualty. ILB2 stood down at 16:25 as the danger of the scene moving to water receded. ILB2 RTS.

12/05/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 282229 Launch: 13:48 Return: 14:00 H/W: 18:00 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: N Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to 4 children struggling to get back ashore from 400 metres out just East of the Pier. The incoming tide had flooded a gutway between them and the shore and they had no way back. They were also hampered having paddled back into a sharp bank of mussels and oysters so they were in some difficulty. The hovercraft got alongside them and took them all aboard. One was treated for feeling cold and some abrasions to her feet. On returning ashore all were handed over to a paramedic for full check ups.

10/05/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 282013 Launch: 13:22 Return: 14:10 H/W: 16:24 Type of casualty: TEND PLEASUR TENDER TO A PLEASURE CRAFT Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a man on a Dory tender vessel at Smallgains but located at Marsh End. He was causing concern having just crossed the Chapman Sands with 3 hours to high water. Sure enough, alongside the casualty, the Lifeboat crew found a lone occupant unsure of his position. He was asked his destination and the crew learnt he was set for Benfleet Yacht Club. He was put on a tow line and taken around to the mouth of Benfleet Creek, where the man assured the crew that he was able to proceed on his own from there.

10/05/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 282013 Launch: 13:20 Return: 13:35 H/W: 16:24 Type of casualty: TEND PLEASUR TENDER TO A PLEASURE CRAFT Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched toa report of a person on the mud during a flood tide possibly in trouble. Hovercraft dispatched and ILB1 followed as information was widening the parameters of the rescue. Sure enough confirmation arrived that the man was onboard a Dory and so the Hovercraft stood down and RTS.

07/05/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 281679 Launch: 06:40 Return: 08:00 H/W: 14:06 Type of casualty: OBJECT OBJECT IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DEBRIS Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 crew were woken by their pagers to respond to an alert called in by the skipper of fishing vessel. He thought he had seen an orange 6 man liferaft in the shallows near the West Swin buoy. The description also included the colour of its hull (black) so the Lifeboat set off down river to investigate. The water was approaching its low state so the Lifeboat followed the edge of the channel around towards Maplin Bell. En route various clusters of multi-coloured balloons were spotted but nothing as big as a life raft could be seen in the bright morning light. Visibility was very good and the sea was flat. When in the area the f.v. was called up and he confirmed the position of the sighting he made. The Lifeboat was able to pinpoint this down to a particularly large cluster of a dozen balloons that had landed on the sand opposite the West Swin buoy. The position was given to Thames CG who concurred that this was the most likely source of the false alarm, given that conditions were so good for spotting anything at distance. The FV was called up and he did say he could not be sure of what he saw but did not like to take a risk. We agreed, as did Thames CG and A75 was cleared for RTS.

05/05/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 281491 Launch: 21:04 Return: 23:10 H/W: 00:53 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: NE Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: RAIN
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 25ft angling boat which had run out of fuel. It's position was 1/2 mile South of the South Shoebury buoy. Conditions were very rough and the wind and tide were working together to make things very uncomfortable. On scene the Lifeboat crew found the f.v. and 2 persons onboard OK but with an anchor that was slipping. A crewman was put aboard and a tow established and the casualty anchor cut away as conditions were to bad to enable a recovery. The tow was taken back to its mooring at Thorpe Bay. The boat was then secured and the occupants taken ashore to meet with the CG mobile unit.

03/05/2012 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 281246 Launch: 16:40 Return: 17:45 H/W: 23:11 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: N Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
Person thought to be under the of alcohol near the Pierhead slipway, having walked out, with his bike, but finding he was not able to scaled the Pier. He had tried already, according to witnesses unsuccesfully to climb a ladder. The Hovercraft arrived to find a middle aged man chest high in water. He was not keen on taking up the Police advice that was being given from the Pier. The Hovercraft crew had more success and managed to talk him into coming aboard but only after a protracted dialogue. He was taken back to the Inshore boathouse where a Police van was waiting to take him away. He had been threatening to get on the Pier and then jump off the other side.

28/04/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 280670 Launch: 12:45 Return: 13:00 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PEOPLE IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST
The weekend duty crews were gathered at the Inshore boathouse for a PR photocall for a cheque handover. It became apparent that a lone figure was walking out to the tideline of the flood tide. This person then stayed in that position until the water was past them. This caused some concern and the Hovercraft was launched. Thames CG and the DLA were in accordance with this action. On scene the Hovercraft crew discovered a mother and a son chest high in water. Both were taken aboard and bought back to shore as quickly as possible. The hovercraft had to contend with making progress against the shallow water effect on the way back, but an ambulance was requested to meet onshore as both persons were suffering from the cold. Oxygen was applied to the mother and the boy was wrapped up. Two police units arrived at the Inshore station and the casualties taken inside the Boathouse to warm up. The 8 year old boy was removed from his wet clothes and together with a female police officer, was wrapped in warm blankets, tog suits, and warm lined jackets. He ok but confused. The ambulance clearly had problems because the call for one by the Coastguard and 2 more by the Police still yielded no appearance. The decision was taken to put them both in a Police car for transfer to hospital. A crewman went with them and kept oxygen on the mother. Subsequent reports came in that both were doing well in hospital.

27/04/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 280603 Launch: 20:15 Return: 21:07 H/W: 05:09 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched just as the sun was going down to a report of 2 persons stranded in the Ray off Westcliff in an inflatable dinghy. On scene the Hovercraft crew found them clinging to the side of a moored fishing vessel whilst trying to stay onboard their inflatable dinghy just bought that day from Argos for 39.99. The light was fading, it was a cold evening and they had no safety equipment whatsoever. They were returned ashore to the waiting CG unit and the dinghy was recovered, albeit punctured.

22/04/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 280155 Launch: 18:30 Return: 19:45 H/W: 02:24 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Hovercraft was launched to a distress call received by the Coastguard from 2 persons aboard an 18ft RIB. The RIB had run agound at a postion given as North East of South Shoebury buoy. (51'31.593N 00'52.802E). On scene the two occupants were found to be OK but the craft so high and dry that it was beyond any attempt to refloat. The two occupants were taken aboard and transferred to the Atlantic 75 for transfer ashore. The Hovercraft team returned to make the vessel as safe as possible. The small anchor was dug into the sand as far as possible and the warp checked.

10/04/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 278931 Launch: 18:30 Return: 19:00 H/W: 04:31 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a report of person in the water off the shore opposite the archway cafes at Westcliff. The first informant thought it was a person - on scene and at the position given, the ILB was able to identify the cause of distress as a mooring buoy. False alarm with Good intent. So ILB RTS. Our Inspector was onboard for this one - so no pressure there then!

10/04/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 278891 Launch: 12:50 Return: 13:55 H/W: 15:51 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a kite surfer having trouble getting back ashore. The tide was very low and the D-class made its way through the shallows. En route the kite surfer could be seen making his way back ashore. He got back on the beach where the mobile CG unit was able to take over. ILB 1 returned to station having seen the casualty land himself back safely.

08/04/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 278642 Launch: 11:34 Return: 15:45 H/W: 14:27 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE LOUISA Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was called to a 40ft Moody yacht 'Louisa', with 2 persons on board and adrift with sails down and no outboard motor working. Arrived on scene to find two occupants in good health but stranded in the fairway of the Thames. London VTS notified and a line astern tow rigged to get the casualty vessel out of the channel. Yacht was trying to progress to Dauntless boatyard from Queensborough, so the yacht was breasted up alongside and taken up the Ray and Benfleet creek to its berth. The flood tide gave plenty of reassurance as this was a big yacht with a draw of 1.8 metres. So the creek was carefully negiotiated. Parking up in the berth space was quite a 'focus' for all concerned but such was the level of gratitude from the skipper that he made a generous donation which was duly put in the charity box back at station.

25/03/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 277248 Launch: 13:45 Return: 15:10 H/W: 15:10 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY N/A Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Inshore D-boat called to a capsized dinghy with 2 persons on board. Located 1/2 mile south of Thames Estuary Y.C. with a tangled spinnaker under the water. Assisted with a righting and escorted back to Alexander Y.C. No medical issues. All OK and ILB cleared for RTS.

19/03/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 276697 Launch: 15:45 Return: 17:45 H/W: 22:43 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) WHITE MARLIN Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Offshore D-boat launched near low water to 14ft fishing vessel 'White Marlin' broken down with 2 persons on board 1/2 East of the West Shoebury buoy. Arrived on scene to find both occupants in good health but with a boat with a suspected broken drive shaft. Taken in tow up the river to Two Tree slip where the mobile CG unit was on hand to assist. Vessel secured to safe mooring and both fishermen taken ashore.

24/02/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 274644 Launch: 16:22 Return: 17:30 H/W: 02:18 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched to a kitesurfer in the vicinity of Barge Pier who was unable to get back inshore and was drifting out to sea. The Hovercraft quickly identified the casualty and came along side to bring him and his kite back on dry land. Landed at West beach slip where the mobile CG unit took over and assisted ashore. No medical assist req. H-004 cleared for RTS.

14/02/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 273898 Launch: 16:30 Return: 16:50 H/W: 17:04 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

14/02/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: H/W: 17:04 Type of casualty: OTHER VSL OTHER Cause of Service: CREW ASSEMBLY

30/01/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 272832 Launch: 21:19 Return: 23:52 H/W: 05:08 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to search for missing teenage girl, last seen at the edge of the tide off East beach. A search was made from Barge Pier along the shore down to the Shoebury boom then back up river along the tideline up to Mulberry harbour. This box was then cross pathed but nothing found. Thames then tasked the unit with a new area of the shoreline from the Boom and down to Wakering Stairs. After a 2 hour search stood down and RTS. False alarm.

29/01/2012 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 272734 Launch: 16:45 Return: 17:35 H/W: 16:21 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLOUDY
Inshore D-class launched to a 40ft steel hull fishing boat, ran aground up Benfleet Creek. Arrived on scene to find 1 owner and his dog on board but boat hard aground. ILB 1 not powerful enough to float vessel so boat secured by anchor and occupants taken aboard Lifeboat. Landed at Benfleet Y.C. and ILB1 cleared for RTS.

15/01/2012 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 271581 Launch: 13:46 Return: 14:05 H/W: 16:39 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Multiple 999 calls had been made to the Coastguard who was made aware of a group of some 8 people out on the mud at Westcliff seemingly cut off by the tide. En route to the station crew members had to make there way past many onlookers along the seafront all studying the scene offshore. The Atlantic 75 was launched as fresh news arrived that the group had apparently made their way to the safety of a boat. The Lifeboat proceeeded to the scene and TCG radioed that members of the public were still phoning alerts in. A sweep of the area together with weather and tidal conditions made it fairly clear that this was all the same job. Making it's way West along the Ray gut the Lifeboat came across two RIBS. One large one carrying 6 people and a smaller (Y-class size) carrying 2. The group were a bunch of marine biologists from St Andrew's University and they were studying the local seal population. Unfortunately the Coastguard was not made aware of this information and so had to assume the group were in trouble. The skipper apologised profusely for not informing the authorities and assured the Lifeboat crew that he will in do so in future. Details passed and phone numbers given. TCG happy for SLB to RTS.

12/01/2012 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 271322 Launch: 14:35 Return: 15:25 H/W: 14:30 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore D class launched to a person in the water off Leigh seafront. Reported by a member of the public, this sailor was on his own with no other sailors around to assist him. Lifeboat arrived on scene to find the adult male OK but unable to get back aboard his dinghy. He was taken back to Essex Yacht Club (Wilton) with his dinghy in tow. Mobile CG was on scene to take details and confirmed that no other assistance was necessary. ILB 1 then RTS.

07/01/2012 Lifeboat No: SBC GIN: 270921 H/W: 23:33 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED CREW ASSEMBLY

06/01/2012 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 273329 Launch: 20:08 Return: 20:45 H/W: 23:52 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: NIL Sea: CALM Weather: FOG