2013 Services

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Date: Launch time: Return time:Rescue Unit:

14/12/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 346098 Launch: 01:00 Return: 01:15 H/W: 10:06 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: W Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST
The hovercraft was launched at 1am to a report of a person in the water off the shore at the Sea- Life Centre approx 1/4 mile East of the Inshore Boathouse. The tide was at a low state and conditions allowed the hovercraft to proceed. At arriving in the vicinity of the possible sighting the crew were stood down as the person had been found safe and sound ashore. So cleared for RTS and back to bed!

03/11/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: H/W: 12:00 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD / WINDSURF Cause of Service: CREW ASSEMBLY

02/11/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 342797 Launch: 12:30 Return: 13:30 H/W: 23:43 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) ''KISSY ME'' Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat B-777 launched on service to a a small leisure fishing boat named ''Kissy Me'' which had suffered engine failure near the Leigh Buoy to the east of Southend Pier head. The vessel had two adult males on board who were fit and able and not requiring first aid. The lifeboat put one of it's crew members aboard the strucken vessel and established that the engine could not be started. Subsequently the lifeboat took the casualty in tow and proceeded to to tow it to it's home mooring in Small Gains Creek. Whilst entering the creek the 'Skipper' of another vessel named the 'Raptor' offered to take over the tow as he knew the casualty and was returning to the same mooring. The offer was accepted as there was a falling tide. The 'Raptor' then towed the casualty home wher it was met by HM Coastguard for a de-brief. Southend Lifeboat then returned to station.

23/10/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 341930 Launch: 17:00 Return: 18:10 H/W: 04:06 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT REVEL Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Offshore Lifeboat was launched to a 48ft Motor boat that had grounded near Leigh Creek. The Lifeboat crew arrived on scene to find 3 onboard, all OK but a vessel that was 'well' high & dry with an engine out of service and a prop with a rope around it. After lengthy discussions with the casualty skipper, on a falling tide, it was agreed that all occupants were to be put ashore by the Lifeboat. The anchor was set and the skipper made private arrangements to pick up his vessel on the next day's tide for a tow back to Smallgains creek from where he came. ILB2 then cleared for RTS.

23/10/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 341934 Launch: 16:58 Return: 17:45 H/W: 04:06 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a report of a vessel adrift in the vicinity of the West Leigh Middle buoy. The area was searched but nothing found. This unit was Stood Down when all probability pointed to it being the same Shout the ILB2 was attending not too far away. False alarm good intent.

12/10/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 340906 Launch: 18:15 Return: 18:40 H/W: 18:47 Type of casualty: PADDLEBOARD PADDLEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a paddleboarder reported in difficulty in the vicinity of Thorney Bay, Canvey Island. En route got Stood down as the 'casualty' had recovered themselves ashore and the Lifeboat was no longer required.

11/10/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 340818 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:45 H/W: 17:40 Type of casualty: CANOE/KAYAK CANOE/KAYAK Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: POOR Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
The Inshore D-class was launched following a report of 2 kayakers in trouble some 3/4 mile South of the Southend Coastguard Look-Out station, Shoebury Point. On scene the Lifeboat crew found one kayaker on his kayak with his friend clinging onto his bow in the water. He had been in the water for some time and he was very quickly pulled out of the sea and transferred to awaiting ambulance crew at the West Beach Slipway. The other kayaker was observed safely making his way ashore. Whilst this was happening the Lifeboat made a sweep of the area for the missing kayak. In failing light and poor visibility the search was called off and the ILB cleared for RTS.

08/09/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 337524 Launch: 14:15 Return: 15:15 H/W: 15:05 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Southend lifeboat B-777 launched to an incident involving a 70 year old male dinghy sailor who had suffered a bang to the head from his boat's boom whilst 'gybing'. On arrival on scene by the lifeboat it was found that the casuality had been taken aboard the Thames Estuary Yacht Club's rescue tender, whilst his dinghy was taken ashore by another club member. Southend lifeboat took the casuality aboard and gave freeflow oxygen to the casuality who was conscious and breathing. The lifeboat then conveyed the casuality to the TEYC and into the care of waiting ambulance and coastguard. Lifeboat then dismissed from service and returned to station

08/09/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 337496 Launch: 10:20 Return: 11:20 H/W: 15:05 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) KELLY GIRL Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat B-777 launched on service to a fishing vessel located near the West Shoebury buoy who had a fisherman suffering from severe abdominal pains. On arrival on scene the casuality was diagnosed as possibly suffering fom appendicitis, was given freeflow oxygen and taken aboard the lifeboat where he was conveyed to the pier head and an awaiting ambulance crew. Casuality was then taken ashore and to hospital by paramedic and coastguards. B-777 was then dismissed from service and returned to station.

05/09/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 337189 Launch: 19:55 Return: 20:30 H/W: 01:46 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: NIL Sea: CALM Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service during the hours of darkness to reported calls for help coming from the mudbanks near the Mulberry harbour. H-004 made an extensive search of the area but no persons were found. Meanwhile the police reported that they had located a group of teenagers who had been 'larking about' on the foreshore in the vacinity of the search area. On questioning by police they admitted that it was them shouting that had probably caused the search. H-004 had one final negative search of the vacinity to ensure that no body needed assistance then was dimissed from service with thanks and returned to station.

03/09/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 336876 Launch: 13:15 Return: 13:45 H/W: 00:36 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-1 D-682 launched on service to a vessel drifting in the vacinity of Barge Pier. On arrival on scene the casualty was found to be an old abandoned dinghy no persons on board and the vessel well past it's best. After being satisfied that no persons were nearby, the vessel was taken into to the Coastguard lookout ashore, where it could not cause further anxiety to shipping. Coastguard informed and subsequently dismissed from service and returned to station.

02/09/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 336746 Launch: 09:15 Return: 10:30 H/W: 11:27 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Lifeboat B-777 launched on service to 3 cables east of the West Leigh Middle buoy to a rib that was acting as a support boat for a yacht race. Once the race had started the rib suffered engine failure and requested assistance. On arrival the lifeboat assisted in transferring a race participator to his yacht,and then escorted the casualty vessel to the pierhead under tow where repairs could be affected.Southend lifeboat was then dismissed from service with thanks and returned to station

31/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 336510 Launch: 18:45 Return: 19:15 H/W: 21:51 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-1 B-682, launched on service to a reported inflatable toy boat drifting out to sea just east of the Southend pier approximately 0.5 miles from shoreline. On arrival on scene ILB-1 found one female and one male on board. Casuality located and found to be well. It became apparent that the one female and one male on board were pre-occupied and were un-aware of the fact that they had drifted out to sea. Occupants taken aboard ILB-1 and conveyed to shore where the two casualties were able to make their own way home. ILB-1 was then dismissed from service.

31/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 336496 Launch: 17:30 Return: 18:00 H/W: 20:24 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: NW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 B-633,launched on service to a reported sighting of six persons possibly stranded by incoming tide a distance of 0.33 of a mile south of the Crowstone. On arrival and contact with six males all adult. Positively identified as the casualties and established that all were well and able and that no further assistance was needed. ILB-2 stood bye whilst the casualties waded ashore un-aided, and were met by Southend Coastguard. ILB-2 was then dismissed from service and returned to station.

30/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 336368 Launch: 18:33 Return: 19:11 H/W: 20:24 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT ALFIE BOY Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
B-777 Southend Lifeboat launched to broken down motor cruiser 'Alfie Boy' which had just left it's mooring and broken down with engine failure. Casualty positively identified by Southend lifeboat. Four occupants on board comprising of two male adults and two young boys under 12yrs. All found to be safe and well. Vessel taken in tow and taken back to it's mooring which was nearby. Vessel secured and all four casualties taken aboard Southend Lifeboat and conveyed ashore without cause for further action. Southend lifeboat was then dismissed from service and returned to station.

30/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 336334 Launch: 15:20 Return: 16:10 H/W: 20:24 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to a reported person on the Chapman Sands who appeared to be behaving strangely. First Informant stated to Coastguard that the person maybe mentally ill. Casuality located by H-004 and was found to be a solitary man pacing up and down on the Chapman Sands 1.6 Nm, bearing 258 degrees from Inshore boathouse. On speaking with the casuality it became apparent that the person was an experienced walker and had good local knowledge of the 'Gutway' and was just enjoying the 'ambience'. The casuality was appologetic that he had caused the launch and agreed to go ashore. As the casuality had a prepared route to shore he was allowed to continue under the binocular watch of Southend Coastguard. H-004 was dismissed from service with thanks from Thames Coastguard. H-004 Return to station.

30/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 336316 Launch: 14:00 Return: 14:50 H/W: 20:24 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to reported persons stranded on the Mulberry Harbour, bearing 180 degrees and 1.8 Nm from Southend Inshore boathouse. On arrival on scene, H- 004 found that it was a group of three male adults,two female adults and a small child. The persons had no idea that the tide was flooding and had gone to the location with alcohol.Advice was given. The adult males agreed to make their way back, whilst the two females and child were taken ashore to Thorpe Bay Yacht club on the hovercraft. H-004 then monitored the remaining three persons and ensured that they landed at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club slipway to be re-united with the rest of the group and for a de-brief by Coastguard. No injuries apparent or reported. H-004 was then dismissed from service and returned to station.

29/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 336210 Launch: 15:35 Return: 15:50 H/W: 19:11 Type of casualty: PRS OTHER PERSON (OTHER) Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched to assist 2 teenage boys who had swum out to the Gilson's (commercial fishers) tender just offshore at the Inshore Lifeboathouse. They were causing concern to the public and were seemingly stuck even though they had swum out there! The Hovercraft came alongside, picked them up and bought them back ashore where the mobile CG unit was waiting to pass some polite advice regarding swimming out to other peoples tenders.

28/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 336122 Launch: 18:27 Return: 19:10 H/W: 06:45 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT WILDFOX Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to 27ft Seamaster powerboat "Wildfox" which had broken down with an overheated engine just North of the Bell Chapman buoy. The Lifeboat arrived to find 1 person on board OK but unable to get back to his berth in Smallgains Creek. There was enough water to run straight across the top of the Chapman Sands so the tow back to his berth did not take more than a few minutes. All safely tied up at his berth the Lifeboat was cleared for RTS.

27/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF CREW ASSEMBLY

26/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 335803 Launch: 17:05 Return: 17:28 H/W: 05:18 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to reports of an inflatable dinghy seen drifting offshore with 2 persons on board. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to find two teenage girls who were taken aboard along with the inflatable dinghy. Also picked up, from out of the water was their mother who had swum out to assist them! All three were OK and landed at East beach where the Southend mobile CG was happy to meet and greet. The Atlantic 75 was then cleared for RTS.

26/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 335702 Launch: 12:12 Return: 12:25 H/W: 16:50 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Offshore D-class was sent to 2 people seen walking offshore with a fast incoming tide. The gutways were filling and the Lifeboat came alongside them to find they were in waist deep water attempting to cross a gutway channel. They were in good health and had a change of clothes on the Pier so were landed on the Pierhead slipway. No further action required so RTS.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 335593 Launch: 19:34 Return: 20:20 H/W: 04:39 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
A kitesurfer was reported having trouble getting back ashore off West beach by the Southend CG Look-Out. He had started out at East beach but had drifted around the corner. The hovercraft arrived on scene to find that the kitesurfer had lost his board, so he was taken aboard and his kite was bundled up and packed in the hovercraft cabin. His board was not recoverable but the adult male was taken ashore and met by the Southend mobile CG unit.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 335496 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:10 H/W: 16:14 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NNE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Following a telephone call to the Boathouse from a station DLA, the Atlantic 75 launched in fast back up to ILB1 that was also underway to attend a boy (8yrs old) who had fallen off a jetty and into the sea at Jubilee beach. On arriving on scene it waa ascertained that the child had been picked out of the water by a commercial powerboat. ILB1 was in attendance and the child was ashore awaiting a check up by an ambulance crew. No help required from this unit so RTS.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 335496 Launch: 13:42 Return: 14:10 H/W: 16:14 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: ENE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB1 was launched following a telephone call to the Boathouse from the station DLA regarding a report of a child possibly drowning having fallen off The Prince of Wales Jetty at Jubilee beach. The D-class found that the child had been pulled from the water by a commercial powerboat that was making sea trips for the public. The casualty had already been landed and it was quite apparent that medically speaking the young boy was fine. The Lifeboat crew stayed with him until an Ambulance crew arrived to check hime over.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 335460 Launch: 11:10 Return: 12:20 H/W: 16:12 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT LEE KINGFISHER Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: ENE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Thames CG requested the Atlantic 75 to attend an 8m powerboat which was aground off Canvey Point having had engine troubles. On scene the Lifeboat crew confirmed all 3 onboard the casualty vessel were OK so a tow was set up and the boat was pulled off the sandbank. Once the vessel was safely secured to its mooring at Holehaven having been towed up the river by the Lifeboat, the 3 were transferrd ashore to the mobile CG who were waiting to take details.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 335460 Launch: 11:04 Return: 12:00 H/W: 16:12 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT KINGFISHER Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: ENE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was just returning from Exercise when Thames CG called up on the radio seeking assistance following a "Mayday" from a motorboat with engine trouble around Canvey Point area. The CG thought that the skipper was possibly unsure of his position so the Hovercraft was asked to search up the Ray towards Smallgains Creek to see if the vessel could be spotted. At the same time the Atlantic 75 was also tasked. With a negative sighting at Smallgains the Hovercraft proceeded over the Chapman Sands to check for any vessels apparently aground. As this was happening the Atlantic 75 crew confirmed they were alongside the casualty and the Hovercraft was Stood Down to RTS.

25/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 335467 Launch: 11:04 Return: 12:00 H/W: 16:12 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: ENE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
On the way back to station from the last Shout, another vessel was spotted on the Chapman Sands, well aground and with a group of people standing nearby. On investigation it was found that the group were OK and had made arrangements for the boat to be privately towed back to Halycons Boatyard up Benfleet Creek on the next flood tide. The boat looked in poor condition but one person intended to wait with the vessel whilst the other 2 elected to walk back ashore. Thames CG were alerted to this activity and were happy for the Hovercraft to continue back to station having passed details on.

22/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS CREW ASSEMBLY

18/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 334433 Launch: 18:40 Return: 19:20 H/W: 23:12 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SSW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
The Hovercraft was launched following a report by a baitdigger of someone possibly cut off by the incoming tide in the vicinity of The Crowstone, Westcliff seafront. The Hovercraft arrived in the area as information was confirmed that the person had made their own way ashore and was OK. As the Hovercraft crew were about to prepare to Return to Station Thames CG gave a new tasking...

18/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 334445 Launch: 18:40 Return: 19:20 H/W: 23:12 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SSW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
The Hovercraft had just been cleared from a tasking at Westcliff, Crowstone and was turning for home when Thames CG asked for assistance to 7 persons reported stranded in the water underneath the Southend Pier. The hovercraft was on scene in minutes and found 4 children and 3 adults, one of which was pregnant, in waist deep water having been badly caught out by the incoming water. The problem was that now their feet were covered they could no longer plot their way through the sharp oyster/mussel beds underfoot. They were all taken ashore and one was given some treatment for mild abrasions to his feet. No further medical help was required but all were relieved to be back on terra firma!

17/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 334239 Launch: 15:00 Return: 17:15 H/W: 21:54 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE GYPSY ROSE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SSW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: RAIN
Southend Lifeboat B-777 launched from Pier head to east of the Chapman Buoy, the location of a 25 foot sailing yacht named 'Gypsy Rose' which had reported to Thames Coastguard that it had a fouled propeller and no steerage. On arrival on scene it was established that casualty vessel's occupants were safe and well and did not medical assistance. Mechanical problem with casualty vessel could not be resolved so a tow line was established. The casualty vessel was towed to Queenborough (River Medway) moorings where the vessel was placed on a mooring as the pontoon was fully occupied. Casualty crew then made-way ashore in a tender whilst life boat stoodbye. Once safely ashore B-777 was dismissed from service and made its way back to station as no further assistance was needed.

16/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 334111 Launch: 16:30 Return: 16:45 H/W: 20:29 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked to a reported sighting of two persons in the water and possibly in difficulty, west of pier near Alexandra Yacht Club. Casualties positively identified and found to be one female aged 15 yrs and one male aged 16 yrs. Both established not to need medical attention but they did not to have the appropriate footwear for walking in water when in the area of a mussel bank and a flooding tide in progress. For this reason the casualties were taken aboard H-004 and taken back to the Three Shells beach. On the beach the casualties were re-united with their friends and first informant. Casualties expressed thanks to Southend Hovercraft crew and H- 004 was dismissed from the service and returned to station.

15/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-777 GIN: 333431 Launch: 12:20 Return: 13:00 H/W: 18:09 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE ORION Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked by Thames CG to assist a 29ft sailing vessel that had run aground at Marsh End. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the Lifeboat crew found 6 persons on board all OK but with a yacht needing a pull off the mud. A line was set up and the Atlantic 75 was able to pull the stricken vessel off the bottom and get refloated. Once some checks were made that there was no significant damage (the ground was soft) the vessel was able to continue on her voyage up river to St Lukes marina in London. SLB then RTS.

14/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 333830 Launch: 15:05 Return: 16:30 H/W: 19:09 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to reported 5 persons in the water and in danger of being cut off by the tide. Casualties located by H-004 and established that they were fit, well and not in distress, but were in need of assistance to get back to shore, due to the strong flooding tide. All 5 teenager casualties taken aboard the lifeboat and conveyed to shore where they were met by HM Coastguard and legal guardians. Established that there were no medical ailments and H-004 returned to station after being dismissed from the service by Thames Coastguard.

11/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 333437 Launch: 17:46 Return: 18:40 H/W: 04:29 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Offshore D-class was tasked to a kitesurfer reported in trouble about 1/4 mile out on the Shoebury Boom. When the Lifeboat arrived he was OK but was perched on a footholding and stranded by the water. A nearby small RIB had managed to recover his kite but was unable to get close enough to recover the adult male. The D-boat got in and took him aboard. Had the kitesurfer known he was only facing knee depth water and could probably have saved himself. As it was the D-boat did not have enough water to get him ashore and so he was passed to the smaller RIB that was nearby and he was watched from the Lifeboat and the mobile CG ashore as they made their own way back to the beach. Cleared for RTS.

10/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 333229 Launch: 15:45 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:54 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD / WINDSURF Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a windsurfer in difficulties at the Shoebury Boom. Arrived on scene to find that the windsurfer had got back to the beach but his rig was still snagged on the boom. The Lifeboat crew were unable to stay long with the falling tide but they made sure the Windsurfer's kite was secured so that he could return on low water and recover it himself later. B-776 then cleared for RTS.

10/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 333220 Launch: 15:05 Return: 15:30 H/W: 15:30 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2, D-633 diverted from Exercise to investigate a report of a swimmer thought to be in difficulty in the vicinity of The Prince of Wales jetty, just East of the RNLI Inshore slipway. Arrived on scene to find that the casualty was observed swimming back ashore and had been met by the Southend mobile CG unit. As the Lifeboat was no required cleared for RTS.

07/08/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 332774 Launch: 11:40 Return: 13:30 H/W: 13:21 Type of casualty: MULTI NO ENG MULTIHULL, NO ENGINE Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst launching on Exercise, Thames Coastguard diverted the Atlantic 75 to investigate a catamaran seen adrift in the vicinity of Hadleigh Ray. On scene the Southend Lifeboat crew found an abandoned 16ft catamaran which was fully 'locked up' but had lost its mooring. The boat was recognised from Essex Yacht Club and so was taken in tow and secured to a safe emergency mooring at the yacht club.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331868 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB 2 D-633 was deployed to assist H-004 searching for a group of four missing boys aged approximately 8 years in the area from the pier eastwards towards the Sealife Centre believed on beach or on water. Beaches and waterline searched with negative result. As H-004 and D-633 was searching, information was received, that informant and missing children had been found safe and well. Mispers and informant debriefed by police and Coastguard and confirmed safe and well. This service ends. D-633 was asked by Thames Coastguard to standbye as they had other taskings come into the call centre.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331877 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 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
Southend Hovercraft H-004 diverted after completing previous service 5302/2013. Tasked to search for a missing 5 year old girl reported half mile south of the Sealife Centre. Waterside search carried out by Southend ILB-2 D-633. H-004 searched beach area. As we were searching we were informed by Thames Coastguard missing person had been found by police and was being re-united with parent. Child found safe and well. Both Lifeboats given further taskings.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331880 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked from previous service 5309/2013 to two males with an inflatable believed to be cut off by the tide at the Mulberry Harbour Phoenix Unit. On arrival casualties found safe and well and taken aboard H-004 to the Thorpe Bay Coast guards slip where they made their own way home. No injuries apparent or alleged and casualties expressed their gratitude. Both Lifeboats were then given further taskings.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331883 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Both Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Hovercraft H-004 were assigned to look for two missing 11 year old girls. Both lifeboats diverted after completing previous service. Mispers had last been seen near the 'Crowstone'. ILB-2 carried out a waterside search whilst H-004 went along the shoreline. Extensive search made with negative result. HM Coastguard (Canvey 10) also took part in the search. H-004 picked up coastguards and further searched mud flats. negative result. Both lifeboats stood down when information came to light that children had been found. Debrief of informant and mispers carried out by HM Coastguard.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331897 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB2 tasked from previous service to a swimmer reported to be in distress in water between Sealife Centre and Thorpe Bay yacht club. Swimmer located and found to be in water at waist level depth and not needing assistance. Swimmer fit and able, and advised to make his way in to shore due to state of the tide. Swimmer then made his own way to shore unaided and walking. ILB-2 then further tasked.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331919 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked from previous service, to Westcliff area near Pier West Cafe to a report of people in the water and struggling. Casualties located and found to be 4 teenager girls and one teenager boy who were waist deep in water and having trouble in making it ashore due to adverse seabed conditions. All four taken aboard Hovercraft H-004 whilst ILB-2 D-633 stood by in deeper water. Established that casualties were not injured and were in good humour. Subsequently conveyed to the beach and allowed to continue with no cause for further action. Both H-004 and D-633 were then given a further tasking from Thames Coastguard.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:59 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked to a reported sighting of an inflatable dinghy out in the Ray Gut 0.25 miles west of Southend Pier Head. D-633 aand H-004 search the area with a negative result. Southend Mobile Coastguard unit meet with informant who is adamant that he saw an inflatable dinghy and it has disappeared from view. Informant also confirmed that both H- 004 and D-633 were searching in the right location. D-633 ILB-2 approaches a nearby yacht to see if they have had any sightings. The skipper of the yacht confirms that he had been in an inflatable dinghy with his family just prior to the Lifeboats arrival and that they had returned to the yacht safely after having a quick paddle in the Ray Gut for pleasure. The skipper confirmed that they had been the only vessel in the area and the only inflatable in the location. Thames Coastguard informed. Both Lifeboats released from service and return to station.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331858 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to a missing 7 yr old boy. Reported missing to coastguard and police in vacinity of Jubilee Beach opposite Hope Hotel, Southend Promenade. H-004 searches beach and waterline area for missing child and first informant with No Trace of either. Then informed at 15:04 that parent and child had been found re-united,safe and well away from the beach area. Police and Coastguard to de-brief informant. H-004 tasked to a new service re- GIN;331868

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331868 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 on completion of service 5292/2013 was deployed to search for a group of four missing boys aged approximately 8 years in the area from the pier eastwards towards the Sealife Centre believed on beach or on water. Beaches and waterline searched with negative result. As H-004 was searching information was received that informant and missing children had been found safe and well. Mispers and informant debriefed by police and Coastguard and confirmed safe and well. ILB-633 was also tasked and took part in this service.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331870 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 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: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 after being released from 5298/2013 and was tasked to a missing 9 year old girl in vacinity of Sealife Centre, Southend Promenade. On arrival at scene informant/mother of misper is taken aboard the hovercraft and waterline vacinity searched with a positive result. Misper found safe and well and taken with parent aboard H-004 to meet the police near the Sealife Centre. At this time we were met by the police who told us they had another missing person and we were diverted to that service.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331877 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 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
Southend Hovercraft H-004 diverted after completing previous service 5302/2013. Tasked to search for a missing 5 year old girl reported half mile south of the Sealife Centre. Waterside search carried out by Southend ILB-2 D-633. H-004 searched beach area. As we were searching we were informed by Thames Coastguard missing person had been found by police and was being re-united with parent. Child found safe and well. Both Lifeboats given further taskings.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331880 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked from previous service 5309/2013 to two males with an inflatable believed to be cut off by the tide at the Mulberry Harbour Phoenix Unit. On arrival casualties found safe and well and taken aboard H-004 to the Thorpe Bay Coast guards slip where they made their own way home. No injuries apparent or alleged and casualties expressed their gratitude. Both Lifeboats were then given further taskings.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331883 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Both Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Hovercraft H-004 were assigned to look for two missing 11 year old girls. Both lifeboats diverted after completing previous service. Mispers had last been seen near the 'Crowstone'. ILB-2 carried out a waterside search whilst H-004 went along the shoreline. Extensive search made with negative result. HM Coastguard (Canvey 10) also took part in the search. H-004 picked up coastguards and further searched mud flats. negative result. Both lifeboats stood down when information came to light that children had been found. Debrief of informant and mispers carried out by HM Coastguard.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331895 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked from previous service to a man carrying a baby on the shoreline at the Westcliff Leisure Centre appearing to have difficulty in getting ashore.Located by H-004. Man and his baby all ok but put on Hovercraft H-004 to expediate his return to to beach in light of an incoming tide. Advice given once conveyed ashore. no injuries apparent. H-004 diverted to new service.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 331919 Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked from previous service, to Westcliff area near Pier West Cafe to a report of people in the water and struggling. Casualties located and found to be 4 teenager girls and one teenager boy who were waist deep in water and having trouble in making it ashore due to adverse seabed conditions. All four taken aboard Hovercraft H-004 whilst ILB-2 D-633 stood by in deeper water. Established that casualties were not injured and were in good humour. Subsequently conveyed to the beach and allowed to continue with no cause for further action. Both H-004 and D-633 were then given a further tasking from Thames Coastguard.

01/08/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: Launch: 14:45 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:15 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-633 and Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked to a reported sighting of an inflatable dinghy out in the Ray Gut 0.25 miles west of Southend Pier Head. D-633 aand H-004 search the area with a negative result. Southend Mobile Coastguard unit meet with informant who is adamant that he saw an inflatable dinghy and it has disappeared from view. Informant also confirmed that both H- 004 and D-633 were searching in the right location. D-633 ILB-2 approaches a nearby yacht to see if they have had any sightings. The skipper of the yacht confirms that he had been in an inflatable dinghy with his family just prior to the Lifeboats arrival and that they had returned to the yacht safely after having a quick paddle in the Ray Gut for pleasure. The skipper confirmed that they had been the only vessel in the area and the only inflatable in the location. Thames Coastguard informed. Both Lifeboats released from service and return to station.

30/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 331563 Launch: 06:44 Return: 07:17 H/W: 06:45 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT KNOTT AGAIN A Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat B-776 tasked to a motor Cruiser 'Knot Again A' that had fouled it's propeller in the 'Ray Gut'. On arrival it was established that crew were safe and well. B-776 crew member entered the water and was able to free the rope that had been tangled round the casualty's propeller. The casualty was then able to proceed on it's passage with thanks. B-776 returned to station.

28/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 331280 Launch: 14:10 Return: 16:47 H/W: 17:12 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) HALLAMANDA Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat B-776 launched to a broken down fishing vessel near Maplin Sands. On arrival at scene. Lifeboat established that everyone was ok and no injuries. Tow established and proceeded to mouth of Havengore Creek. At this location the tow was handed over to another boat that was helmed by the son of one of the casualty's crew. This boat took the casualty to it's mooring where everyone landed ashore safely monotored by Coastguard. Lifeboat then released from service and returned to station.

28/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 331174 Launch: 01:50 Return: 07:30 H/W: 05:13 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE CHAPMAN LIGHT Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat B-776 tasked to a yacht believed to be in distress at the 'West Blacktail Beacon'. On arrival the yacht was found to have a fouled propeller and was taking on water. Two adult parents and two children under 12yrs on board. The mother and two children taken on board B-776 and then transferred to Sheerness ALB on it's arrival. B-776 crew used salvage pump and established tow. The mother and two children were taken to Southend pier by Sheerness ALB where they were taken ashore to meet HM Coastguard. No injuries alleged or apparent. Meanwhile the casualty yacht with the skipper on board were taken to shelter, anchorage and safety at the west- side of the Shoebury boom near to the Coast Watch Tower, Shoebury. Anchor established. The skipper had no injuries and was left with vessel and had adequate means to get ashore under the eye of the coastguard. Lifeboat B-766 was then diverted to service 5077/2013 Gin 331188.

28/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 331188 Launch: 01:50 Return: 07:30 H/W: 05:13 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE CARA Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Lifeboat B-776 diverted to 27' yacht that was in an exposed anchorage near a sand bank close to the Shoebury boom. The vessel had a single elderly male on board who was believed to be in a state of distress. Occupant was re-assured on arrival of lifeboat and it was agreed that B- 776 would tow the vessel to a safer and more comfortable anchorage in the Hadleigh Ray. It was established that the skipper was not in need of medical aid. Vessel towed by B-776 to Hadleigh Ray where safe anchorage was established and the skipper was left on board his vessel at his own request and thankful for the service. B-776 then returned to Station.

27/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331091 Launch: 17:00 Return: 17:50 H/W: 05:12 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE LADY V Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
ILB-2 D-633 launched on service to a yacht aground at Canvey Point. On arrival on scene ILB-2 D- 633 found that the yacht had been assisted by another unknown vessel to re-float. As the casuality vessel's crew were a bit shaken by their experience ILB-2 escourted the vessel back to their home mooring in Small Gains Creek. Here they were met by the Coastguard. No injuries alleged or apparent. Vessel left in tact on mooring. Lifeboat returns to station.

27/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 331043 Launch: 14:15 Return: 14:50 H/W: 16:39 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Essex Police were searching for a 57 year old male who was in the vacinity and had threatened to commit suicide. Information was received by Southend Pier staff that the person was on the pier and going to jump into the water. Coastguard and DLA informed and launch authorised. Search of pier commenced by ILB-2. Information then received that the missing person had been found at a different land location away from the pier and lifeboat stood down.

22/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 330171 Launch: 14:34 Return: 14:55 H/W: 01:20 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-682 launched to a report of an inflatable dinghy drifting out to sea with the tide. On arrival on the scene ILB2 found that the dinghy had been recovered by a local tender. The inflatable was found to have nobody on board. At that point three swimmers were seen in the water swimming out to sea in the direction of ILB-2. On investigation it transpired that the swimmers were trying to recover the inflatable. Swimmers took possesion of the inflatable from the tender's occupants and went back to shore, whilst being monitored by the ILB-2 crew. The three swimmers were met on the shore by Coastguards. Swimmers had no injuries and were re-united with their inflatable. ILB-2 was dismissed from service and returned to station.

21/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 329953 Launch: 14:40 Return: 16:00 H/W: 00:25 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to assist the Atlantic 75 with a grounded SeaDoo (20ft), high and dry at Canvey Point. The 2 Atlantic 75 Lifeboat crew already on scene reported 5 persons aboard, all OK, and the skipper was arranging commercial salvage of his boat on the next tide. The jet boat had no anchor or warp and so the anchor from the Hovercraft was dug in with plenty of line laid out for the returning tide. The skipper happy with the security of his boat was then taken aboard the Hovercraft, along with his family and the 2 Atlantic crew, for landing ashore via a RVP with B-776. Once the Atlantic crew were returned to their Lifeboat the Hovercraft made a line for Chalkwell beach at the Crowstone where the Mobile CG was waiting to greet the casualties. They were also particularly happy to meet the skipper as there had been sundry reports of certain motor boating activity that had been raising concerns ashore throughout the weekend.

21/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 329953 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:50 H/W: 00:25 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT SEADOO Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched 20ft SeaDoo powerboat ran aground on Canvery Point, just East of Smallgains creek. The Atlantic 75 was unable to get close due to the lack of water, so 2 Lifeboat crew were put ashore to see if there were any personnel injuries to worry about. There weren't but the Hovercraft was requested to land the casualties . The skipper of the casualty vessel had no anchor and so the anchor from the hovercraft was dug in and the boat made as safe as possible. All happy that this was the case, 2 Lifeboat crew were taken aboard H-004, along with the 5 occupants of the jet boat. Once the Atlantic 75 crew were back aboard B-776 then cleared for RTS.

19/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 329487 Launch: 18:30 Return: 19:15 H/W: 22:12 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend ILB-2 D-682 launched to assist Southend Hovercraft H-004 search for three kitesurfers who were believed to be in trouble and possibly being carried away by the tide. The Hovercraft located all three casualties and took them ashore to meet the Coast guard SAP Ref; 04450/2013 refers. This Lifeboat stood by to make sure Hovercraft did not need any assistance then was dismissed from service and returned to station.

19/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 329420 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:30 H/W: 22:12 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 tasked to assist three youths who were believed to be in danger of being cut off by the flooding tide. The Hovercraft was guided to the casualties by land based Coastguard Mobile Unit. On first approach the 3 casualities were a bit startled and aggreived by being approached. They declined to board the Hovercraft in order to be conveyed to shore and safety. The Commander explained the nature of the service to them and gave advice. The three casualties elected to walk monitored by the Hovercraft to the shore where they were met by the coastguard and at the request of the Coastguard, the police. No injuries apparent or alleged. Hovercraft dismissed from service by Coastguard and returned to Station.

19/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 329482 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:30 H/W: 22:12 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to a reported sighting of three kitesurfers believed to be in difficulty and being carried out to sea towards shipping lanes, by strong wind and tide at location. The three casualties were located. First aid was given to two of the casualties because they were exhausted but still conscious and breathing. Casualties assessed by a Hovercraft crewmember. Ambulance not needed or requested and casualties advised to have check up with their own GP. All three casualties brought ashore at Shoebury East Beach where they were met and released into the care of the Coastguard. Hovercraft H-004 then returned to station on being dismissed from service by Coastguard. Please note Southend ILB-2 D-682 was also engaged on this service.

17/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 329147 Launch: 20:57 Return: 21:40 H/W: 08:26 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 launched on service to a speedboat grounded between Tewkes Creek and Benfleet Creek, 400yds South East of Two Tree public Slipway. On arrival at scene casualty vessel was found to be safely anchored but the four adult occupants and one child were unable to reach the shore because of the deep mud banks and being aground. Hovercraft then conveyed occupants to Two Tree slipway where they were delivered into the care of the Coastguard. No injuries apparent or reported. Hovercraft then dismissed from service and returned to Station.

17/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 329085 Launch: 15:05 Return: 15:50 H/W: 19:38 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Hovercraft H-004 was deployed by Coastguard to assist a male who was walking on the mud banks and was considered to be in possible danger of being cut off by the flooding tide. Male was identified and located by the Hovercraft. The casualty was unaware of his predictament and was conveyed on the Hovercraft to the shore. No injuries were reported or apparent. Casualty grateful for the assistance rendered and made his own way home. The surrounding area was checked for any other bathers who may need assistance with a negative result. Hovercraft was stood down by the coastguard and returned to the station.

15/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 328863 Launch: 20:50 Return: 22:50 H/W: 07:20 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Both Offshore Lifeboats were requested to search the area South of Chapman Sands slipway as reports of clothing found on a beach raised suspicions ashore. A parrallel line ahead search with both Lifeboats was made in an Easterly direction once both Lifeboats having made an initial sweep en route to the Chapman YC jetty. The sun was soon to set and the search width spacing, which started at 200 yards being reduced as the light faded. Nothing found. At the deposit buoy , near West Leigh Middle a white para flare was sent up to illuminate the surface of the water. Again nothing found. After a search of some 1 1/2hours both Lifeboats were stood down by Thames CG. False Alarm with Good Intent.

15/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 328863 Launch: 20:45 Return: 22:58 H/W: 07:20 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Both Offshore Lifeboats were requested to search the area South of Chapman Sands slipway as reports of clothing found on a beach raised suspicions ashore. The Offshore D-class, once launched, was requested to make a sweep of the Ray en route to the scene as the mobile CG wanted to get some eyes on a report of a suspect object in the water. Nothing untoward was found. The object was either a mooring buoy or a seal. The mobile CG now satisfied, ILB2 then raced to assist the Atlantic 75 off Chapman Sands. A parallel line ahead search with both Lifeboats was made in an Easterly direction once both Lifeboats having made an initial sweep en route to the Chapman YC jetty. The sun was soon to set and the search width spacing, which started at 200 yards being reduced as the light faded. Nothing found. At the deposit buoy , near West Leigh Middle a white para flare was sent up to illuminate the surface of the water. Again nothing found. After a search of some 1 1/2hours both Lifeboats were stood down by Thames CG. False Alarm with Good Intent.

15/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 328848 Launch: 19:22 Return: 19:30 H/W: 06:21 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Inshore D-class was requested for an immediate launch following a report from concerned members of public of a female swimmer disappearing in the vicinity offshore of Adventure Island, East of the Pier. Thames CG asked for a search along the Pier stem out to 1/2 mile and then a creeping line ahead search heading East. As this was being undertaken, news came over the radio that Police had located the swimmer on the beach near the Old Gasworks Pier site. No medical assitance required and so ILB1 then RTS.

14/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 328684 Launch: 19:36 Return: 21:05 H/W: 05:35 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft H004 launched on service to a boat aground in an isolated creek in Fobbing. On arrival the Hovercraft found the casualty boat was secured by anchorage. The crew could not get ashore due to deep mud. The five adult casualties transferred to Hovercraft and conveyed to the shoreline. Assistance successfully rendered, no injuries apparent or reported. Occupants made their own way home and were to recover vessel the next day in daylight and when tidal conditions were favourable. Hovercraft returned to Station. Video footage available.

14/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 328551 Launch: 12:32 Return: 12:50 H/W: 15:02 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft H-004 was launched on service to reported case of two persons possibly stranded on mud banks and in danger from in-coming tide. Hovercraft launched and located the two casualties. Advised them of danger of incoming tide and transferred them to shore and safety. No injuries apparent or reported. Casualties then made their own way to home and Hovercraft then returned to the station.

14/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 328555 Launch: 12:32 Return: 12:50 H/W: 15:02 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Four children in an inflatable dinghy seen drifting out at sea without any oars and occupants waving for assistance. Hovercraft H004 launched and recovered the four occupants who were fit and well. The occupants were then taken to shore along with the inflatable and handed into the care of the coastguard. No injuries apparent or reported. Hovercraft then returned to station.

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 328266 Launch: 14:27 Return: 15:00 H/W: 16:26 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
Thames CG tasked the Inshore D-class to assist with a search for a baby reported in the water opposite Emergency Phone 10 (Pleasant Road). On scene the lifeboat discovered up to 100 people, including the Police, in the water looking for the baby. The Coastguard ordered for the water to be cleared so that an organised search could be made. As this was happening the baby (now reported to be 3 years old!) turned up on shore. There was a lot of confusion between reports of what was actually happening but as soon at the CG with confirmation the D-class was cleared for RTS.

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 328266 Launch: 14:25 Return: 14:55 H/W: 16:26 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to an immediate launch for a report of a missing 3 yr old boy in the area or Emergency Phone 10, City Beach. Arrived on scene to find ILB1, mobile CG and the Police in attendance. As the water was being cleared of all the people in the wate who were trying to help a report came in that the young boy was found safe and well ashore. With Thames CG happy that this was the right person the Atlantic 75 was cleared for RTS.

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 328229 Launch: 12:55 Return: 13:30 H/W: 16:26 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Offshore D-class launched to assist with persons cut off by the tide at Chalkwell beach. The hovercraft was also underway to get to the area, which was just as well as there was not enough water for the ILB to get in to the required area. So RTS as unable to assist.

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 328229 Launch: 12:15 Return: 13:15 H/W: 16:26 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Three people were spotted cut off by the incoming tide off Chalkwell. The offshore D-class attempted to assist but there was not enough water for them. The 3 were taken aboard and taken back to the safety of the beach. The Hovercraft then took a slow route home as there were many people on the beach and sure enough the next job came in shortly over the radio...

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 332824 Launch: 12:15 Return: 13:15 H/W: 16:26 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft diverted to a report from Thames CG of two in distress, West of Pier with cut hands and feet from mussel banks. They both had nasty cuts so were taken ashore to the care of paramedics at the boathouse. The hovercraft then diverted to the next job...

13/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 328241 Launch: 12:15 Return: 13:15 H/W: 16:26 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Another report of persons cut off by the incoming tide. This time it was 2 opposide the beach huts at Westcliff. They were unable to move because of the sharp shells of the oysterbanks. The hovercraft arrived, took them aboard and transferred them ashore to the care of the mobile CG.

12/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 328133 Launch: 20:07 Return: 22:00 H/W: 04:18 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT SHELLIX Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a broken down vessel reported 1/2mile west of Pier. The Lifeboat ran down towards West Leigh Middle buoy but nothing could be seen. On broadening the search area a cruiser fitting the description could be seen South East of the Pier but underway. The Lifeboat came alongside and confirmed that this was indeed the casualty vessel and the skipper had managed to get the engine running. His heading was Holehaven so the Atlantic 75 crew elected to escort him, which was just as well because within 5 minutes he broke down again. A tow line was rigged and he was taken back to Holehaven and the 26ft Fairline was placed on a safe mooring. The two onboard where then transferred ashore by Lifeboat to be greeted by Canvey CG. B-776 then cleared for RTS.

08/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 327502 Launch: 16:20 Return: 16:34 H/W: 01:25 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD / WINDSURF Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Inshore D-class launched to a call of a reported windsurfer with a ripped sail. The D class attended scene and assisted by conveying the windsurfer to the shoreline at the 'Crowstone' Westcliff, Southend. Where Southend Coastguard met them. No injuries reported, no need for any furter action. The ILB1 was then released from service and returned to station.

07/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 327419 Launch: 22:25 Return: 00:15 H/W: 01:25 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: VAR Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 was launched immediately behind the Hovercraft to search for a missing woman believed to be in the vicinity of Barge Pier. Southend Mobile CG located the woman on the shore near West beach slipway. Both Lifeboat vessels proceeded to the scene and Casualty Care was issued immediately as a head injury to her forehead was apparent and she was unconcious. An ambulance crew arrived and her care was duly passed over. Both craft then cleared for RTS.

07/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 327419 Launch: 22:20 Return: 00:30 H/W: 01:25 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: VAR Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was first away with ILB 1 immediately following to search for a missing person believed to be in the vicinity of Barge Pier. Southend Mobile CG located the casualty on the beach 300 yards to the East of the West beach slipway. H-004 and ILB 1 arrived on scene where an unconsious adult female was found. Casualty Care was given and continued until an ambulance crew arrived and took over.

07/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 327216 Launch: 12:20 Return: 14:10 H/W: 13:05 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted from Exercise to a report of a sailing dinghy seen drifting offshore and causing some concern with its proximity to the Pier. The Lifeboat crew arrived on scene to find 2 adult males onboard - All OK. Safety advice was given as another call from Thames CG came in over the radio for a new shout...

07/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 327220 Launch: 12:20 Return: 14:10 H/W: 13:05 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted to a report of youths jumping off the Prince of Wales jetty in the vicinity of the landing spot of the "Shockwave" powerboat sea trips operator. The youths were not interested in taking advice from us and so a request was put in for the Police to pay a visit to the seafront. Exercise then resumed.

07/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 327237 Launch: 12:20 Return: 14:10 H/W: 13:05 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT BECKY Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted from Exercise to attend a broken down speedboat "Becky" with 3 onboard suffering with engine failure. On scene, offshore at Jubilee beach all persons were found to be OK. A tow was set up and the 12ft powerboat was taken back down river to West beach slip from whence she came. The 3 occupants were landed and the mobile CG was on hand ashore to assist further as the Lifeboat was cleared for RTS.

06/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 327093 Launch: 19:00 Return: 21:00 H/W: 00:45 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE JUPITER Cause of Service: DRAGS ANCHOR Wind: ESE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: POOR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: MIST
The Atlantic 75 was launched to assist 30ft yacht which was having trouble with a stuck anchor and windlass failure at the Low way buoy. The Lifeboat arrived to find a family of 5 persons onboard. The mother and 3 children were taken aboard the Lifeboat and transferred ashore and then the Lifeboat crew returned to clear the anchor and escort her and the singlehanded yachtsman back to Queensborough as conditions were foggy. With the yacht safely home and the skipper safely ashore the Lifeboat then RTS.

06/07/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 327003 Launch: 14:30 Return: 14:45 H/W: 00:45 Type of casualty: INFLATABLES INFLATABLES (AIRBED/TOY/DINGHY) Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst out on exercise the Inshore D-class spotted two people on an inflatable airbed being pushed into the Pier by the tide. The Lifeboat diverted and took the 2 male teenagers onboard and together with their lilo returned them to the beach where they came from. Exercise resumed then RTS.

05/07/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 326841 Launch: 17:30 Return: 18:20 H/W: 00:01 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to a report of a person stuck in the mud underneath the pier at the third wind shelter. However, shortly after getting away got stood down as report proved incorrect.

01/07/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 326371 Launch: 08:00 Return: 08:30 H/W: 19:42 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked by HM Coastguard and launched to a motor boat 'Firefox' a 10 metre pleasure motor boat that had alerted the coastguard that it had fouled it's propeller and was drifting. The casualty vessel was found in the Hadleigh Ray. The crew of the lifeboat confirmed that there were no injuries to any person on board and then a crew member entered the water and freed a rope that had caught on the casualty vessel's propeller. The motor boat then continued it's journey to Allington Lock & lifeboat returned to station.

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 326315 Launch: 19:04 Return: 19:25 H/W: 07:27 Type of casualty: PRS OTHER Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Southend lifeboat called to the beach near the Sealife Centre. On arrival found a woman lying on the shoreline in difficulty of breathing. Medical Assessment carried out by a crew member who is a qualified NHS Paramedic. Casuality belived to beundr the influence of alcohol and left in the care of HM Coastguards.

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 326309 Launch: 18:45 Return: 19:04 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was scrambled by Thames Coastguard to swimmer struggling in water near Fountain Cafe, Westcliff Bastion vicinity. Person found and recovered from sea by the Lifeboat and taken ashore. First aid not needed and casualty left in the care of HM Coastguard.

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 326272 Launch: 16:05 Return: 16:25 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Three children seen playing on south side of Leigh Creek and unable to reach the shore. Three casualities picked up by the ILB2 and taken back to their Father who was waiting on shore. No injuries or First aid given. Whilst this shout was taking place the Hovercraft crew were made ready by Thames CG in case the wrong group had been indentified and the search had to be widened. Stood down as all resolved well.

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 326257 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:30 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: PRS SAND Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft was on exercise and diverted to a group of people who were walking on the mud 200 meters from shore and possibly distressed. When Hovercraft arrived it found 27 youths who had wandered away from the shore and were inadequately equipped with proper foot wear for walking on the mud and shingle. All youths were taken back to the shore in various groups as there was an incoming tide and to prevent possible injury. First aid was not rendered.

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 326237 Launch: 13:40 Return: 16:00 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: MULTI NO ENG MULTIHULL, NO ENGINE UN-NAMED Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Southend Atlantic 75 was requested by Coastguard to assist an un-named Trimaran which was taking on water near the Montgomery Wreck. Assistance was given to the casualty vessel in that it was discovered that the vessel had been holed. The salvage pump was used and casualty vessel was taken in tow by Sheerness lifeboat for about two nautical miles. Then the tow was taken over by Southend lifeboat who towed the casualty to Small Gains Creek where the trimaran was put on it's home mooring. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

30/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 326199 Launch: 12:00 Return: 13:10 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: OBJECT Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to investigate a report of some ordnance spotted near the Leigh Creek entrance. On scene the Hovercraft crew found 2 Lifeguards marking the scene. H-004 was then tasked to pickup 2 Coastguards who wanted to formally identify and report the find. After warning nearby members of the public away from the area the Hovercraft was cleared for RTS having returned the CG's to the beach.

25/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 325633 Launch: 15:10 Return: 15:55 H/W: 14:42 Type of casualty: MULTI ENG Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Inshore D-class was tasked to a capsized catamaran in the vicinity of West Leigh Middle buoy. The Lifeboat arrived to find 2 persons on board, one of which had swum from Canvey Island to assist his buddy who he had just witnessed capsizing! The cat' had been uprighted and both occupants were OK so the Lifeboat was cleared by Thames CG to RTS. As the Lifeboat was underway towards station Thames CG called up to investigate a new situation off Canvey...

25/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 325641 Launch: 15:10 Return: 15:55 H/W: 14:42 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 swung around and changed heading in reaction to a report from Thames CG of a swimmer thought to be in trouble offshore of Canvey Island at Labworth cafe. The ILB was well into its passage when confirmation arrived that the swimmer (female adult) was in fact OK. ILB 1 continued on just to double check she was OK. It turns out that she is a very good swimmer who takes to the water everyday for a swim. ILB1 then cleared for RTS.

22/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 325299 Launch: 16:13 Return: 17:20 H/W: 00:57 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
ILB2 was launched on service to assist the Atlantic 75 who had taken two members of the casuality vessel to shore to meet a relative who had a change of clothing for them. The offshore D' class towed the distressed vessel back to Two Tree slipway with the owner on board so that recovery of the vessel from the water could be made.

22/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 325299 Launch: 15:33 Return: 16:05 H/W: 00:37 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STEERNG FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Lifeboat launched on service to a broken down speedboat at location. The two youngest crew were found to be cold and wet. They were taken to Shoreside & met by a relative for warmth and change of clothing. Vessel taken by another lifeboat to its home slipway and safety. This Lifeboat was then released from incident.

21/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 325217 Launch: 21:06 Return: 22:00 H/W: 23:36 Type of casualty: PRS WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Inshore D-boat was tasked following a report of a body seen floating in the water and running west with the tide. A body had been pulled from the water just West of the Pier by two policemen and they had started CPR as the ILB arrived on scene. The Lifeboat then searched the water from the Pier to the Leisure Centre as there were now paramedics on scene and the CG wanted a sweep made of the area. Nothing more the ILB crew could do so cleared for RTS.

19/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 324975 Launch: 16:45 Return: 17:20 H/W: 21:31 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT N/A Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a small fishing vessel at anchor about 1 mile North of the Blacktail West marker. The vessel had 2 onboard and had suffered a starter motor problem with their outboard. It wasn't until the Lifeboat had reached the South Shoebury buoy that the message got through to Stand Down as the occupants had managed to 'hot wire' the engine and get it going. Having travelled so far it felt rude not to continue on and sweep by the 'casualty' vessel just to make sure it was proceeding OK. After another 5 minutes heading towards the Blacktail Spit buoy the fishing vessel was found making way very nicely with the incoming tide. Both occupants were wearing lifejackets and after an exchange of waves and some light banter B-776 reported all looked well and confirmed intention to RTS. Later, as the Lifeboat was being refueled, the casualty vessel was seen motoring at a fine rate past the Pierhead in the direction for home at Two Tree.

19/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 324951 Launch: 16:00 Return: 17:10 H/W: 21:31 Type of casualty: OTHER VSL Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: FAIR Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was bought to immediate readiness following a report concerning suspicious activity in the vicinity of a small boat (Fairliner) moored up in the Ray. The crew were asked to wait for a Marine Police officer to go with the Hovercraft. He arrived 60 minutes later by which time a Police helicopter had swept over the area for a closer look. Helo - callsign NPASS13 reported a sighting of two fishermen in waders in the Ray and on closer inspection of the boat nothing untoward. The helo then left the area. When the Police arrived (with their own lifejackets) 2 were taken on board for an investigation of the area. Nothing found and no one to rescue as the fishermen were confirmed quite happy. RTS. Police thanked crew for their assistance.

08/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 323628 Launch: 13:10 Return: 14:20 H/W: 01:42 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was called out to a 24ft motorboat that had broken down just 30 yards South of the Bay, just West of the Pier. 3 persons on board, all OK but drifting. Southend Lifeboat arrived on scene and set a tow up to take the vessel and her occupants back up to Leigh Marina. No First Aid necessary but Southend CG were on hand to greet ashore to take details. SLB then RTS.

06/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 323358 Launch: 13:30 Return: 15:00 H/W: 12:04 Type of casualty: TEND PLEASUR TENDER TO A PLEASURE CRAFT Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 launched to relieve ILB1. Took supplies to Atlantic 75 crew then continued search in tandem with other search units. All moorings checked again down to Shoebury slip then turned around for new sweep East when fresh information arrived that casualty was safe ashore. Stood down then RTS.

06/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 323358 Launch: 11:45 Return: 15:00 H/W: 12:04 Type of casualty: TEND PLEASUR TENDER TO A PLEASURE CRAFT Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 launched to assist ILB1 and Rescue 125 with a search for the occupant of an upturned tender at Thorpe Bay beach. Southend Mobile CG confirmed 'fresh' contents' inside the tender suggesting very recent occupation (fresh milk, sandwiches). A line abreast search was made with the 2 Lifeboats and the Sea King was overhead making sweeps. Moorings were checked, the Pier stem stachions also checked and up to the Casino in Westlciff. ILB1 was relieved by ILB2 after 2 hours and refreshments bought for B-776 crew. Then new information arrived from the tender owners sister that he had swam ashore and driven home. When this was confirmed all units stood down for RTS. After all crews bar one had left the Boathouse a Police officer and one other arrived at the front door. The one other was our missing man. He came to apologise for all the trouble he had caused and stated that 999 would not furnish him with the CG number to stand any alert down. What happened was he tried to board his craft via a ladder from his tender to his fishing boat and a wave toppled him over into the sea. He was not wearing a lifejacket but was able to swim ashore having lost his ladder and his mobile phone. He was thanked for coming forward but reminded to wear a lifesaver when performing such transfers. He was also given the CG non-emergency phone number. False alarm.

06/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 323358 Launch: 11:25 Return: 13:30 H/W: 12:04 Type of casualty: TEND PLEASUR TENDER TO A PLEASURE CRAFT Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 was first Lifeboat away for a investigation of an upturned dinghy offshore at The Roslin hotel area, Thorpe Bay. The dinghy was quickly found and the area searched but no one could be found. The dinghy was quickly beached and the Mobile CG discovered 'fresh' contents suggesting recent occupation. The Atlantic 75 was launched and Rescue 125 sum requested to widen the search parameters. After a check of moorings (up and down of tide) and a line abreast search ILB 1 was relieved after 2 hours by ILB2 who continued the search with B-776 and some refreshments for the Atlantic crew.

05/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 323319 Launch: 22:12 Return: 22:30 H/W: 00:21 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 launched with ILB1 and Atlantic 75 to search for a report of a possible person seen drifting West from the Crowstone. Line abreast search made up to Leigh then peeled away from Lifeboats and Police helo to check out something floating on the surface of the water at Two Tree bridge. Turned out to be a white plastic container. No new information arrived and Thames CG stood units down for RTS. False alarm with Good Intent.

05/06/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 323319 Launch: 22:10 Return: 23:30 H/W: 00:21 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 launched with ILB1 and ILB2 to assist in a search for a report of a person in the water last seen drifting West at the Crowstone. Once all 3 Lifeboats were on scene a line abreast search was performed up to Old Leigh and back again, checking all moorings en route with the Police helicopter overhead sweepin the area with its search equipment. Atlantic 75 and ILB 1 then Stood Down as ILB2 carried on to Two Tree Island to check out observation made by mobile CG. False Alarm with Good Intent.

05/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 323319 Launch: 22:05 Return: 23:40 H/W: 00:21 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 was launched following a report of a body sighted in the water off Crowstone beach, Chalkwell. Inshore D-class was first away with Atlantic 75 and ILB2 sent to assist. A line abreast search pattern was set up with the Police helicopter assisting overhead. The area covered was from Chalkwell station up to Old Leigh. A return sweep was then made after which the helo was stood down and ILB1 and Atlantic 75 also stood down for RTS. The mobile CG was searched the coastline and was in contact with first informant but nothing found. False alarm with Good Intent.

02/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 322820 Launch: 23:15 Return: 23:54 H/W: 08:09 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: N Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to a suspected person calling for help on the foreshore by the 'Gilsons's mooring just East of the Pier and 150 yds from the shoreline. A search was carried out of the area but nothing found. Then stood down by Thames CG for RTS.False alarm with Good Intent.

02/06/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 322922 Launch: 16:05 Return: 16:10 H/W: 20:18 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY The Hovercraft alerted the Boathouse that they had seen a woman on the wrong side of the Pierhead railings. The DLA was on scene in our boathouse for Open day and the ILB2 was launched to assist in case she jumped. The D-boat would have offered better manouvreability around the Pierhead had a person ended up in the water. As it turned out a member of public had apprehended the woman and Police were on scene to assist on the Pier. She was taken to our boathouse under the asssistance of the Police. ILB2 and H-004 both stood down for RTS.

02/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 322915 Launch: 15:10 Return: 16:05 H/W: 20:21 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Hovercraft was called to an area west of Two Tree Island as a there had been a report of 2 adults with 2 children and 2 dogs on a sand dune possibly stranded. On arrival on scene it the suspect casualties were spotted and found to be OK and in no danger at all. The first informant was also nearby and he confirmed that the correct group had been approached by the Hovercraft. False Alarm with Good Intent. Hovercraft then set off for RTS when diverted to next Shout.

02/06/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 322922 Launch: 15:10 Return: 16:05 H/W: 20:21 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Hovercraft was RTS from previous Shout and as they were approaching the Piehead spotted a woman over the side of the railings and looking like she was preparing to jump. The hovercraft changed course to approach and witnessed the woman being stopped by a member of the public. H-004 stood by and relayed information to the Pierhead duty crew. The Hovercraft crew stood by but was not required to help as the woman was recovered to the Pier platform and taken to the Offshore Boathouse for further attention by the Police.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322185 Launch: 15:55 Return: 17:00 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: PRS OTHER Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Thames CG tasked SLB to a kitesurfer who had been blown through the Shoebury boom. By the time the Atlantic 75 arrived it was confirmed that the kitesurfer was safely ashore in the hands of M.O.D. personnel having swum ashore. The Atlantic 75 crew recovered his kite for him then made a return sweep seawards when they came across a windsurfer having difficulty in the strong breeze. He and his board were picked up and transferred to the nearby ILB2 which took him into the beach. Atlantic 75 then Stood down and RTS.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 322185 Launch: 15:55 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The Offshore D-class was tasked to a kitesurfer with the Atlantic 75 who had apparently been blown through the Shoebury Boom. The ILB stayed on the West side of the Boom whilst the Atlantic 75 tracked along the West side. Southend CG then informed both units that the kitesurfer had made it ashore himself and was on the beach with M.O.D. personnel. The Atlantic 75 picked up his kite and returned it to him.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 322185 Launch: 15:55 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD WINDSURFER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY On making their wasy out to sea the Lifeboat crew came across a windsurfer who was having difficulty in the prevailing conditions. He was taken aboard the Atlantic 75 then transferred to ILB2 who took him and his board into East beach. All units then cleared for RTS.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322173 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:00 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was on Exercise when tasked by Thames CG to investigate a drifting boat which seemed to have broken from its mooring in the vicinity of Chalkwell beach. It was quickly found and from the locked cabin door, it seemed completely unattended. A line was put on and the vessel was towed to a secure mooring nearby. B-776 then cleared for RTE.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322185 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:00 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Thames CG tasked SLB to a kitesurfer who had been blown through the Shoebury boom. By the time the Atlantic 75 arrived it was confirmed that the kitesurfer was safely ashore in the hands of M.O.D. personnel having swum ashore. The Atlantic 75 crew recovered his kite for him then made a return sweep seawards and came across one casualty.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322185 Launch: 15:03 Return: 17:00 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD WINDSURFER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 crew recovered the kite for pervious casualty, on their return they came across a windsurfer having difficulty in the strong breeze. He and his board were picked up and transferred to the nearby ILB2 which took him into the beach. Atlantic 75 then Stood down and RTS.

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322154 Launch: 13:20 Return: 14:05 H/W: 14:52 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: WSW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Offshore Duty Crew were tasked to a sailing dinghy occupant at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club who had been struck by his sailing boom. He had reportedly been seen face down in the water briefly but awoke when he was struck by a sea wave to the face. The 16 yr old teenager was already in the care of a First Responder when the Lifeboat crew arrived. A neck collar had been applied and the Lifeboat crew gave him oxygen. He was passed into the care of an ambulance crew fully concious. Lifeboat the clear for RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

27/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 322135 Launch: 11:05 Return: 11:55 H/W: 14:52 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Southend Atlantic 75 was tasked to a 10 metre Sea Laser sailing dingh which had suffered a fire in the engine room. Located near Scars Elbow marker the Lifeboat was on scene very quickly. On arrival a Lifeboat crewman was put aboard and it was clear that the fire was out and the 3 occupants were OK. Having made a thorough check again it was decided that they were OK to proceed to Erith Yacht Club unaccompanied. Lifeboat cleared for RTS.

16/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 320919 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:30 H/W: 05:39 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on routine training exercise the Atlantic 75 was diverted to a report of some swimmers in trouble off Allhallows Y.C. The Lifeboat was quickly on scene and had a visual on the 'casualties' but the low state of tide meant the Atlantic 75 was unable to get close in. Instead they stayed on scene to observe the swimmers until the Medway CG was able to get on scene. It turned out the swimmers were OK but they had caused a member of the public enough concern to alert the authorities.

16/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 520880 Launch: 13:48 Return: 16:00 H/W: 17:05 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT SARAH JAY Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was launched to a broken down Bayliner 'Sarah Jay' with 2 POB in the vicinity of Sea Reach No.1. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to find all OK occupant wise but the boat had signs of a broken prop shaft. They were towed out of the fairway very promptly as there was a lot of traffic about and taken up to Smallgains where her berth was. The tide was with us all the way and entry to Smallgains was made with her tied alongside as it gets a bit tight in there especially with a good Easterly breeze on!

12/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 320551 Launch: 13:49 Return: 15:00 H/W: 14:51 Type of casualty: MULTI ENG MULTIHULL WITH ENGINE Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on Exercise the Atlantic 75 crew spotted an upturned cataramaran and 1/4 mile off Chalkwell station. On closer inspection they discover that the 2 occupants were also dealing with a snapped mast forestay. Thames CG were informed and advised that the Lifeboat would help with the righting of the cat'. A club rescue boat was now on scene and standing by, which was just as well as a new Shout came in over the radio. Given this was not now an urgent job and with a club boat on scene B-776 handed the casualty over and made their way to the next scene.

12/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 320554 Launch: 13:49 Return: 15:00 H/W: 14:51 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Atlantic 75 called to a broken down 23ft Fletcher speedboat in the Hadleigh Ray. The Lifeboat was already in the vicinity and was on scene very quickly. 2 on board -all OK. Taken into tow and secured to their mooring at Leigh marina. The occupants elected to stay aboard until the tide had ebbed sufficiently. Thames agreed and B-776 relieved to restart Exercise.

06/05/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 319959 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:15 H/W: 23:09 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Requested to launch to 4 persons East of Pier. Hovercraft went to investigate and on scene found that they were all OK. Then got tasked for another job nearby.

06/05/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 319968 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:15 H/W: 23:09 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY The hovercraft was tasked to a second incident on the same launch to 5 children in need of assistance on the foreshore as the flood tide was on its way fast. They were all spotted very quickly offshore at the Pebbles One beach cafe. They were all OK and reunited on the beach with their parents. Cleared for RTS.

05/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 319824 Launch: 19:45 Return: 22:00 H/W: 10:51 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING FISHING VESSEL (LEISURE) BROTHER GRIM Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Bank Holiday Weekend Duty crew were summoned by pagers at 19:20 for a request for the Atlantic 75. A report came in from Thames CG of 30ft fishing vessel 'Brother Grim', near Sea Reach No.3 taking on water with 4 persons on board. Arrived on scene within minutes to find that the 3 adult males and one male teenager were OK and that the boat had suffered a blown engine pipe. She was not sinking. A Lifeboat crewman was put aboard and a tow rigged to take the vessel up to Holehaven where her mooring was. Once the FV was secured, the 4 were taken ashore to make their own way home.

03/05/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 319511 Launch: 15:06 Return: 15:30 H/W: 19:33 Type of casualty: CANOE/KAYAK CANOE/KAYAK Cause of Service: IN TROUBLE Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY The Hovercraft was out on Exercise in the vicinity of the Shoebury Boom when a call came in over the radio for a possible Shout. The Crew stood by then confirmation came in of a tasking. It was to two children thought to be in an inflatable in a shallow creek opposite Allhallows. The Hovercraft made best speed to the area, crossing the Fairway at West Shoebury and staying East of Sea Reach 4. London VTS made aware. When on the other side the area was searched and two in a kayak were made out on the horizon. Sheerness D-class was also called but unable to get close because of the state of the tide. They had nothing visual. On closer inspection of the observation the Hovercraft crew made it was confirmed we had the casualty visual. As we got closer it transpired that it was a couple fishing from a kayak. There was no distress and Sheerness were stood down and H-004 was cleared for Return to Exercise.

02/05/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 319417 Launch: 11:15 Return: 14:00 H/W: 18:28 Type of casualty: POWERED BOAT POWERED BOAT JIMBERRY Cause of Service: STEERNG FAIL Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was launched at the same time as Sheerness Lifeboat to assist a 28ft fishing boat anchored with a broken rudder just south of the South West Barrow cardinal some 13 miles down river. Informed of 2 occupants one of which suffering with sea sickness. B-776 was tasked with quick response for medi-vac of casualty with Sheerness tasked to take the vessel under tow. SLB arrived (first) to find two onboard, one OK the other suffering mildy having already taken an anti sea sick pill. Fresh water was handed for him to sip. The skipper of the fishing boat stayed aboard and the casualty was taken aboard for a swift transit to the Pierhead. He instantly felt better underway and ceased to become a big medical concern. On passing the casualty on to Pierhead crew the Atlantic offered to go back for the skipper - but he was OK and being towed back in by Sheerness. The Atlantic met took the tow over at the Mulberry harbour, relieving Sheerness to RTS. The tow was then taken back into Ray Gut where the FV was put on a safe mooring. Arrangements had been made over the radio for FV Freya to take FV Jimberry up the Leigh Creek on the flood tide later. Skipper elected to stay on board which all parties were happy with. Then cleared for RTS by Thames CG. 0

01/05/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 319365 Launch: 16:55 Return: 17:25 H/W: 17:28 Type of casualty: PRS MAN MADE PERSON ON MAN MADE STRUCTURE Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY ILB1 called to two people (one man and his brother) causing concern to Police that were 100 yards into the water standing on a flooded groyne off Chalkwell beach near the Crowstone. On scene the Lifeboat crew find that both men seem to be enebriated and both in danger of falling off the groyne and straight into 5ft of water. They were both taken aboard and the D-boat was walked into the beach by a crewman. A policeman and an off-duty paramedic was on scene on the beach along with the mobile CG. Cleared for RTS by Thames.

25/04/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 318787 Launch: 17:57 Return: 18:50 H/W: 01:18 Type of casualty: YACHT ENG YACHT WITH ENGINE SAIL ME Cause of Service: GROUNDING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was launched on service to a 38ft yacht 'Sail me' which had run aground just North of the Chapman Bell Buoy. On scene the crew discovered that the yacht was a fin keel and was listing high and dry. Unable to assist the vessel until more water was about the Lifeboat crew made sure that the yachts anchor was put in the best position for the incoming tide later. The 3 occupants, 2 male, 1 female, all OK and with 1 1/2 hours to go until enough water to refloat it was felt the best course was to include some later assistance as part of a later Lifeboat exercise that was due to take place. Thames CG made aware and happy for B-776 to RTS.

23/04/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 318616 Launch: 17:35 Return: 17:55 H/W: 23:52 Type of casualty: PRS SAND PERSON ON SANDBANK/MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: W Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY H-004 launched to a report of 2 persons stuck in the mud underneath the Pierhead. They were quickly found under the stem of the Pier at the 3rd shelter. They were OK but tired. Both taken aboard and returned ashore to a waiting ambulance and CG unit.

21/03/2013 Lifeboat No: VEH GIN: 315789 H/W: 19:26 Type of casualty: CARGO CARGO VESSEL SEA CHARENTE Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS The Coastguard paged the crew to respond to an incoming casualty that had been picked up by Sheerness Lifeboat suffering a chemical burn to his face. The substance was cleaning fluid and he needed medical attention. At 14:10 Sheerness arrived and the casualty was put into the Southend Lifeboat Buggy for continued First Aid and transit ashore where an amubulance crew were waiting to assist. CREW ASSEMBLY

17/03/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 315502 Launch: 11:30 Return: 13:30 H/W: 15:50 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD PERSON ON SHORELINE Cause of Service: COLLISION Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST Hovercraft launched to a report of a kitesurfer with a broken leg in the shallows of the incoming tide off Thorpe Bay beach. As some of the crew were already at the boathouse the Hovercraft was ready to go as the duty crew turned out to take the Shout. Southend mobile had the casualty visual and comm'd in the Hovercraft to the correct cluster of people on the shallow water as there were a lot of kitesurfers out inside the Mulberry harbour area. Arriving on scene within 5 minutes of tasking, the hovercraft crew found two kitesurfers standing one of which was helping to support the other. A right lower leg injury was quite apparent but the casualty was bearing the pain well and able to be sat on the running board of the Hovercraft. The orange stretcher was on board but not needed at this point. To move the casualty further than this was found to be distressing, so the hovercraft gently took off and took both kitesurfers to the close by West beach slipway where the mobile CG was waiting to assist. En route to the slipway the need for an ambulance was repeated over the radio and this request was acknowledged by Thames CG. On the slipway the mobile CG took over casualty care. His rubber boot was cut off and blood circulation to his toes confirmed. His capilliary refill and breathing were both checked and were good. A blanket was placed over him and he was layed in the stretcher with cushioning to support his head. Whilst waiting for the ambulance the casualty was monitored and his girlfriend, who had arrived on scene, was also on hand to give comfort. Information then arrived over the radio that no ambulance was coming. As the options were being considered on scene it transpired that an Air Ambulance had been dispatched. The casualty was then transferred to the shelter of the CG look-out garage some 100yds inshore. There was also a landing patch of grass that seemed suitable for a comfortable stretcher-helo transfer. At this point two off Duty Lifeboat crew turned up one of which was a trained paramedic. He consulted with the mobile CG and made a few checks himself. A fast response unit arrived and was able to give entonox and make the casualty more comfortable. When the helicopter arrived (with a Doctor and a paramedic) it was learnt that they could not take the casualty away as they said there was no where for them to take him! With more medics on scene a cast was put on the lower leg and the fracture site was stabilised. Eventually an ambulance arrived and the casualty was taken away having been put on one of there trollies.

14/03/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 315306 Launch: 20:35 Return: 22:20 H/W: 02:21 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY The Hovercraft launched to assist the Atlantic 75 and ILB2 for a missing person who was known to the Police and thought to be be vulnerable and was causing concern. H-004 was tasked to head East from the Pier whilst the rest of the search was well West at centred at The Crowstone. The reason for the Hovercrafts area was that the person had been called missing before and was previously found off the Sealife Centre. Tracking north-south eastwards, H-004 checked underneath the Pier from the shore to the tideline. The moored fishing boats were also checked - nothing found. Two white para flares were set off East of the Pier and although the visibility was good nothing was found untoward. H-004 was then tasked perform the same search West of the Pier up to the Crowstone. Nothing found and the CG stood down the unit to RTS. All eyes were peeled on the East track back to station but noone was to be seen on the foreshore.

14/03/2013 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 315306 Launch: 20:00 Return: 22:00 H/W: 02:23 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: MISSING PER Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY The Atlantic 75 diverted from Exercise after a report came in of a man entering the water at Chalkwell beach under suspicious circumstances. ILB2 was tasked for that area and westwards. Thames CG tasked the Atlantic 75 with down river to the East to assist with the Police helicopter that was searching that area and had a possible sighting. The sighting turned out to be a mooring buoy. B-776 then went up river back as far as Leigh Creek. Was then tasked to search the Pier and a man was put on foot to trace the water line around the Pier along to the sewer outfall. Nothing found - crewman recovered aboard then stood down by Thames CG who were satisfied that not much more could be done with the Lifeboats. RTS.

14/03/2013 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 315306 Launch: 20:00 Return: 22:00 H/W: 02:23 Type of casualty: PRS SHORE PERSON ON SHORELINE/BEACH/RIVER BANK/EMBANKMENT Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY ILB2 diverted from evening Exercise for report of a man entering the water off Chalkwell beach. ILB2 searched from Leigh Creek towards Two Tree with man crewman walking along the mud. Then a return sweep back towards mouth of Leigh Creek before heading up to Bell Wharf, again with one crewman walking along the mud. Nothing found. Stood down by CG for RTS.

25/02/2013 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 313962 Launch: 12:45 Return: 13:05 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: N Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST ILB1 tasked to a person reported in the water off Halfway House slipway. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to find one man, wet, who had managed to climb aboard the boat he was trying to drag back off the beach into the sea on the high tide. It was harder than he thought but he was ok. With the boat safe, the Lifeboat crew took the man ashore and passed him over to the mobile CG unit. He was sorry the Lifeboat had been called out but his actions had caused concern to passing members of public.

16/02/2013 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 313277 Launch: 12:30 Return: 14:00 H/W: 16:30 Type of casualty: LEIS FISHING POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was out on Exercise and got waved down by two people on a 28ft motor boat. On coming alongside the Lifeboat crew learned that the vessel had suffered an engine fire earlier but that it had been put out by the occupants. Rather than miss a days fishing the two men decided to continue their fishing and intended to give us a call later! Our crew mentioned that rather than coming back later they would prefer to help them whilst being already in the area. This was agreed by all to be the best way forward. A tow was set up and the motor boat was towed from just near the East Blyth buoy and across to it's mooring in Holehaven. Once the boat was secure the two men where landed and passed to Canvey CG who took further details of the incident. The Atlantic 75 then continued its Exercise heading in a direction back towards the Southend Pier.

13/01/2013 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 310721 Launch: 17:35 Return: 19:15 H/W: 01:48 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY The Hovercraft as launched in support of the Atlantic 75 which had been tasked following reports of a person seen attempting to swim across the Thames. The Hovercraft proceeded along the shoreline towards Marsh End Sand and then ran along the Ray and across the Chapman Sands all the way West to Thorney Creek staying approximately 600metres off the main shoreline. Working in coordination with the Atlantic 75, Rescue 125 and Canvey Coastguard a heading around Leigh Beck was taken before heading East taking a route bck towards station including Chapman Sands. Search speed was about 8/10 knots. Thames CG stood us down at the end of this sweep happy that we had done all we can given the information that was available.

13/01/2013 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 310721 Launch: 17:10 Return: 18:45 H/W: 01:48 Type of casualty: PRS WATER PERSON IN WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic 75 was launched following a report of a person suspected to be swimming from Canvey Island to Kent. The Lifeboat was accompanied by Rescue 125 and the Hovercraft plus the Canvey CG unit onshore. Atlantic 75 tasked with search from Canvey Point to West Leigh Middle. Nothing found. Thames CG stood us down after a 1 1/2 hr search for RTS.