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Disturbance in Brightlingsea Harbour The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 3am on 17 December after a report was received of a disturbance in Brightlingsea harbour. It appears that a man and woman had decided to take the harbour masters launch for a joy ride and had finished up in the water. On arriving the lifeboat crew found the two on the pontoons, very wet and cold, and took them ashore to the waiting coastguard and police.   Man Overboard The Atlantic 75 was launched shortly before 6pm on the 25th September to help in the search for a man lost overboard from a yacht which was found ashore on Mersea Island. She was under full sail and her self steering was set. The last entry in her log showed her to be in the Wallet Spitway at 1.40pm. The Walton and West Mersea lifeboats were also called and joined the RAF rescue helicopter and police and coastguards in a massive search of the Blackwater and Colne estuaries and the many creeks in the area. The search was called off at around 8.30pm. Crew: Mark Davey – Helm, Danny Thatcher, Ray Lynaugh Yacht `Quintet` The Atlantic 75 launched at 6.15pm on the 19th September to a 34 foot yacht “Quintet” which had run aground at Colne Point, St Osyth. With the tide still falling a kedge anchor was deployed and the two people on board were brought back to the boathouse. Crew: Kevin Lodkert – Helm, Ray Lynaugh, Mark Sanders   At 1am the next day the lifeboat returned with the yachts crew to wait for the tide to refloat her. She was towed into Brightlingsea. Crew: Tim Dye – Helm, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Trevor Neal Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was on exercise and paying a courtesy visit to the Clacton Sailing Club open day on Sunday 24th August when a report was received of a yacht aground on the Foulness Sands near the Whitaker Beacon, eight miles south-south-east of Clacton. The call came shortly before 1pm, but the lifeboat was recalled as it reached the Spitway, the yacht having managed to refloat itself. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Danny Thatcher, Richard Smith Inflatables The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.45pm on 26th August to a report of an upturned inflatable dinghy with three people in the water in the area of the Gunfleet Sailing Club, Holland-on-Sea. On arrival the crew found the vessel was in fact a canoe and all were safely back on the beach. While returning to the boathouse the crew were asked to investigate a report of an inflatable dinghy in trouble on the west side of the pier. This too was found to have reached shore safely. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly before 9am on Saturday 23rd August after a yacht reported going aground on the Middle Sink sands, nine and a half miles south-east of Clacton. The 28 foot  “Lavios” with two people on board had grounded near the Barrow number four buoy, suffering rudder damage, and with the tide still falling could not be pulled free. The Tyne class lifeboat from Frinton and Walton was called and the lady from the yacht was transferred to her. The Clacton crew then secured a tow line from the Tyne to the casualty so that she could be pulled into deep water when the tide had risen. The Clacton boat returned to station at 11.15am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Sanders, Ray Lynaugh Children stuck in mud Both boats launched at 5.35pm after a boy and girl, both aged twelve, became trapped in the mud at Sandy Point, Point Clear. The girl managed to get herself free but the boy had to be rescued by the coastguard and fire service wearing dry suits. The lifeboats stood by until all were safely ashore, and returned to station at 6.40pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Mark Davy (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Martin Cribb 18/08/2008   Topper The Atlantic 75 was called at 11.45am on Sunday 10th August after a topper sailing dinghy was spotted drifting off Frinton. The lifeboat was recalled when the crew of the dinghy managed to reach the beach. Crew: Chris French (helm), Darren Simper, Mark Sanders   Early Morning Call Both lifeboats launched at 3.30am on Friday 8th August to assist in a search for a person seen on the sea front who the police thought might be about to enter the water. An area between the pier and Holland Haven was searched but nothing was found and the boats were stood-down. They were back on station at 5am. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Richard Smith, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), S Hart, Mark Sanders People in Difficulty The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.45pm after a report was received of three people in difficulty in an inflatable dinghy near the Gunfleet Sailing Club at Holland-on- Sea. The lifeboat was recalled after they reached the beach and no assistance was required. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.05pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Nick Dyer 09/08/2008 Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 launched at 8.20pm on Monday 4th August after a 34 foot Westerly yacht ‘ Bauhinia’ went aground on the south-west side of the Foulness sands near the Whittaker Beacon nine miles south-south west of Clacton. With low tide at 9pm the lifeboat stood-by until the yacht was afloat and towed her into deep water. After checking that no damage had been suffered the vessel continued her journey and the lifeboat returned to station at 11.30 pm. Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Mark Sanders, Stuart Hare, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield   Capsized Dinghy The Atlantic 75 launched at 2pm on Sunday 20th July after a capsized dinghy was reported half a mile off shore at Tower Camp, Jaywick. The crew righted the craft and found it to be fully rigged with the sails still up. The crew of the dinghy were nowhere to be seen and the “D” class lifeboat was requested to launch and assist in an expanding box search of the area. Expecting to be looking for two people in the water the lifeboats continued the search while the coastguards patrolled the beaches. A report was then received that the dinghy was from Clacton Sailing Club and had been left after it over turned to await recovery. Unfortunately the coastguards were not informed of this and had asked for a rescue operation to be carried out. While returning to station the lifeboat was asked to investigate an abandoned rowing dinghy drifting with the tide. It was found to be in poor condition and it was thought it have been washed off the beach at high tide. It was towed ashore and handed to the coastguard. The lifeboats were back on station at 3.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Danny Thatcher, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield D Class Crew: Stuart Hare (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal   Speed Boat The Atlantic lifeboat was called at 6.50pm on Thursday 24th July to a speed boat reporting engine failure in the river Blackwater near to Osea Island. When the lifeboat was within two miles of the vessel the owner reported that he had managed to restart the engine and assistance was no-longer required. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.15pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Adrian Rose, Peter Nes, Ray Lynaugh   Missing Person The Atlantic 75 was launched at 6.20pm on Thursday 10th July  to assist the police in searching for a 49 year old man reported missing between Clacton pier and Frinton. Realising the size of the area to be searched the crew asked for the “D” class to be launched so as to cover the shoreline as quickly as possible. Two coastguard mobile units were also called as well as the police helicopter. After an intensive search the person was found by the police and the search crews were stood down. Both lifeboats were back on station at 7.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Danny Thatcher, Rick Burnell   Missing Kayak The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.20pm on the 3rd July to a report of a person in a kayak missing at sea off Clacton golf course. The crew located a second person in a similar craft who said his friend had disappeared. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called to assist, and coastguards asked for the RAF rescue helicopter to be scrambled. After a short search the person and the kayak were found on the beach where he was met by the coastguard mobile unit. Both lifeboats were back on station at 3pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Chris French (helm), Trevor Neal, Richard Smith D Class Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton   Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 was launched at just before 5pm on Monday 30th June to the 19 foot yacht “Callisto” which had run aground on the Swallow Tail sandbank approximately seven miles south-south-west of Clacton. The two people on board were being bumped along the sand and the Sea King rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene incase they needed to be taken – off quickly. The lifeboat managed to reach them with a tow rope and was able to pull the vessel into deep water. An inspection showed the yacht had not been badly damaged and the tow was taken by the Police launch “Vigilant” which was on patrol in the area. The two then proceeded to Bradwell. The lifeboat was back on station at 6.30pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Eddie Vaughn-Chatfield, Mark Sanders   Jet Ski The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 8.40pm on Sunday 29th June after reports were received of a jet ski broken down in Ray Creek, Point Clear. The lifeboat arrived to find an adult and a child on Cockle Island with the ski. They were taken to Brightlingsea and landed at Point Clear. The lifeboat was back on station at 9.40pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Dinghy The D Class lifeboat launched at 3.20pm on Monday 23rd June after reports were received by the coastguard of two youngsters having problems in a dinghy off Holland-on-Sea. On arrival the crew found the dinghy had reached the beach and went ashore to give safety advice. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfiels (Helm), Kevin Lockert   Man with Knife The D Class lifeboat launched at 3.05pm on 25th June to stand by while police were dealing with a man wielding a knife and threatening to throw himself from the pier. The police were able to disarm him and make an srrest. The lifeboat returned to station at 3.45 Crew: Tim Sutton (Helm), Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Ryan Carvey   Speed boat on mud Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 7.15pm on Saturday 21st June to a 17 foot speed boat which had broken down in the river Colne. On arrival the crew found the craft high and dry on the mud between Batemans Tower ( Brightlingsea ) and Arlesford Creek. On board were two adults and two children. A member of the crew managed to get across the mud with a tow line and the craft was pulled into the water and towed to Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 9.15pm. Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Mark Sanders, Richard Smith, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield   Swimmer in water The “Atlantic 75” launched at 5.15pm on Tuesday 10th June after a report was received of a person attempting to swim from Stone Point, East Mersea to Brightlingsea.The lifeboat stood by to see the person safely ashore and returned to station at 6pm. Crew: Mark Davy (helm), Danny Thatcher, Trevor Neal   Speed Boat Clactons “Atlantic 75” lifeboat launched at 5.35pm on Sunday 25th May 2008 to go to the aid of an eighteen foot speed boat broken down off St Osyth beach. The vessel was taken in tow and brought ashore at Hutleys Beach. The lifeboat returned to station at 6.10pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh   Dog on rocks The “D” class lifeboat launched at 7.30pm on Monday 13th May 2008 after a dog was seen running loose on the rock breakwater off Clacton golf course. The lifeboat was asked to check if anyone was on the rocks perhaps having fallen as the dogs owner could not be found. A thorough check found nothing and the lifeboat returned to station at 8.10pm Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Danny Thatcher, Nick Dyer   Engine failure The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly after 1pm on 7th May 2008 to the aid of a fishing boat with engine failure. The day angling boat “Warrior” with two people on board was near the North Eagle buoy, one and a half miles south of Lee Over Sands. The vessel was taken in tow to Brightlingsea and the lifeboat returned to station at 2.30pm. 09/05/2008   Kite surfer The “D” class lifeboat launched at 7.45pm on 8th May 2008 after reports were received of a wind surfer in difficulties off Frinton. The boat was recalled by coastguards as it rounded Clacton pier and returned to the boathouse. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Kevil Lockert, Trevor Neal   Sick Child Clactons Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 9.30am after an emergency call was received from a yacht with a sick child on board. The 34 foot “Isis” was in the Wallet Spitway, four miles south of Jaywick when the alarm was raised. The child, about 18 months old, and its mother were brought ashore to the boathouse where an ambulance was waiting to take them to Colchester General hospital. The lifeboat was back on station shortly after 10am. Crew: Chris French  (helm), Danny Thatcher, Ryan Carvey, Richard Smith 05/05/2008 Kite Surfer The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.30pm on Thursday 17th April 2008 to three kite surfers off Lion Point, Jaywick, after one of them became tangled in his lines. On arrival the crew found the three making their way to shore and stood-by to see them safely on the beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 2.45pm. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-chatfield, Mark Sanders, Richard Smith Kite Surfer Clacton's D-Clase lifeboat launched at 12.40pm Saturday 12 April 2008 to go to the aid of a kite surfer who had become tangled in his kite lines off Lion Point, Jaywick. He was freed from the lines and taken ashore with his equipment. The lifeboat was back on station at 1.10pm   Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 11.30am on the 3rd January after a report was received of a yacht aground on the Mersey Flats. The twenty-two foot vessel, with one person on board, had grounded about a quarter of a mile north of the Molliette, a wreck between the mouths of the Blackwater and Colne Estuaries. The yacht was towed clear and continued its passage into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 1.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Adrian Rose, Mark Sanders   Missing Person The Atlantic 75 launched at 2am on the 4th January after a report was received of a missing person in the Brooklands area of Jaywick. A combined search with police and coastguards was carried out but nothing was found. The lifeboat was stood down at 3.30am Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Tim Sutton, Trevor Neal

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Disturbance in Brightlingsea Harbour The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 3am on 17 December after a report was received of a disturbance in Brightlingsea harbour. It appears that a man and woman had decided to take the harbour masters launch for a joy ride and had finished up in the water. On arriving the lifeboat crew found the two on the pontoons, very wet and cold, and took them ashore to the waiting coastguard and police.   Man Overboard The Atlantic 75 was launched shortly before 6pm on the 25th September to help in the search for a man lost overboard from a yacht which was found ashore on Mersea Island. She was under full sail and her self steering was set. The last entry in her log showed her to be in the Wallet Spitway at 1.40pm. The Walton and West Mersea lifeboats were also called and joined the RAF rescue helicopter and police and coastguards in a massive search of the Blackwater and Colne estuaries and the many creeks in the area. The search was called off at around 8.30pm. Crew: Mark Davey – Helm, Danny Thatcher, Ray Lynaugh Yacht `Quintet` The Atlantic 75 launched at 6.15pm on the 19th September to a 34 foot yacht “Quintet” which had run aground at Colne Point, St Osyth. With the tide still falling a kedge anchor was deployed and the two people on board were brought back to the boathouse. Crew: Kevin Lodkert – Helm, Ray Lynaugh, Mark Sanders   At 1am the next day the lifeboat returned with the yachts crew to wait for the tide to refloat her. She was towed into Brightlingsea. Crew: Tim Dye – Helm, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Trevor Neal Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was on exercise and paying a courtesy visit to the Clacton Sailing Club open day on Sunday 24th August when a report was received of a yacht aground on the Foulness Sands near the Whitaker Beacon, eight miles south-south-east of Clacton. The call came shortly before 1pm, but the lifeboat was recalled as it reached the Spitway, the yacht having managed to refloat itself. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Danny Thatcher, Richard Smith Inflatables The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.45pm on 26th August to a report of an upturned inflatable dinghy with three people in the water in the area of the Gunfleet Sailing Club, Holland-on-Sea. On arrival the crew found the vessel was in fact a canoe and all were safely back on the beach. While returning to the boathouse the crew were asked to investigate a report of an inflatable dinghy in trouble on the west side of the pier. This too was found to have reached shore safely. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly before 9am on Saturday 23rd August after a yacht reported going aground on the Middle Sink sands, nine and a half miles south-east of Clacton. The 28 foot  “Lavios” with two people on board had grounded near the Barrow number four buoy, suffering rudder damage, and with the tide still falling could not be pulled free. The Tyne class lifeboat from Frinton and Walton was called and the lady from the yacht was transferred to her. The Clacton crew then secured a tow line from the Tyne to the casualty so that she could be pulled into deep water when the tide had risen. The Clacton boat returned to station at 11.15am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Sanders, Ray Lynaugh Children stuck in mud Both boats launched at 5.35pm after a boy and girl, both aged twelve, became trapped in the mud at Sandy Point, Point Clear. The girl managed to get herself free but the boy had to be rescued by the coastguard and fire service wearing dry suits. The lifeboats stood by until all were safely ashore, and returned to station at 6.40pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Mark Davy (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Martin Cribb 18/08/2008   Topper The Atlantic 75 was called at 11.45am on Sunday 10th August after a topper sailing dinghy was spotted drifting off Frinton. The lifeboat was recalled when the crew of the dinghy managed to reach the beach. Crew: Chris French (helm), Darren Simper, Mark Sanders   Early Morning Call Both lifeboats launched at 3.30am on Friday 8th August to assist in a search for a person seen on the sea front who the police thought might be about to enter the water. An area between the pier and Holland Haven was searched but nothing was found and the boats were stood-down. They were back on station at 5am. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Richard Smith, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), S Hart, Mark Sanders People in Difficulty The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.45pm after a report was received of three people in difficulty in an inflatable dinghy near the Gunfleet Sailing Club at Holland-on-Sea. The lifeboat was recalled after they reached the beach and no assistance was required. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.05pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Nick Dyer 09/08/2008 Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 launched at 8.20pm on Monday 4th August after a 34 foot Westerly yacht ‘ Bauhinia’ went aground on the south-west side of the Foulness sands near the Whittaker Beacon nine miles south-south west of Clacton. With low tide at 9pm the lifeboat stood-by until the yacht was afloat and towed her into deep water. After checking that no damage had been suffered the vessel continued her journey and the lifeboat returned to station at 11.30 pm. Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Mark Sanders, Stuart Hare, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield   Capsized Dinghy The Atlantic 75 launched at 2pm on Sunday 20th July after a capsized dinghy was reported half a mile off shore at Tower Camp, Jaywick. The crew righted the craft and found it to be fully rigged with the sails still up. The crew of the dinghy were nowhere to be seen and the “D” class lifeboat was requested to launch and assist in an expanding box search of the area. Expecting to be looking for two people in the water the lifeboats continued the search while the coastguards patrolled the beaches. A report was then received that the dinghy was from Clacton Sailing Club and had been left after it over turned to await recovery. Unfortunately the coastguards were not informed of this and had asked for a rescue operation to be carried out. While returning to station the lifeboat was asked to investigate an abandoned rowing dinghy drifting with the tide. It was found to be in poor condition and it was thought it have been washed off the beach at high tide. It was towed ashore and handed to the coastguard. The lifeboats were back on station at 3.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Danny Thatcher, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield D Class Crew: Stuart Hare (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal   Speed Boat The Atlantic lifeboat was called at 6.50pm on Thursday 24th July to a speed boat reporting engine failure in the river Blackwater near to Osea Island. When the lifeboat was within two miles of the vessel the owner reported that he had managed to restart the engine and assistance was no-longer required. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.15pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Adrian Rose, Peter Nes, Ray Lynaugh   Missing Person The Atlantic 75 was launched at 6.20pm on Thursday 10th July  to assist the police in searching for a 49 year old man reported missing between Clacton pier and Frinton. Realising the size of the area to be searched the crew asked for the “D” class to be launched so as to cover the shoreline as quickly as possible. Two coastguard mobile units were also called as well as the police helicopter. After an intensive search the person was found by the police and the search crews were stood down. Both lifeboats were back on station at 7.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Danny Thatcher, Rick Burnell   Missing Kayak The “D” class lifeboat launched at 2.20pm on the 3rd July to a report of a person in a kayak missing at sea off Clacton golf course. The crew located a second person in a similar craft who said his friend had disappeared. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called to assist, and coastguards asked for the RAF rescue helicopter to be scrambled. After a short search the person and the kayak were found on the beach where he was met by the coastguard mobile unit. Both lifeboats were back on station at 3pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Chris French (helm), Trevor Neal, Richard Smith D Class Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton   Yacht Aground The Atlantic 75 was launched at just before 5pm on Monday 30th June to the 19 foot yacht “Callisto” which had run aground on the Swallow Tail sandbank approximately seven miles south-south-west of Clacton. The two people on board were being bumped along the sand and the Sea King rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene incase they needed to be taken – off quickly. The lifeboat managed to reach them with a tow rope and was able to pull the vessel into deep water. An inspection showed the yacht had not been badly damaged and the tow was taken by the Police launch “Vigilant” which was on patrol in the area. The two then proceeded to Bradwell. The lifeboat was back on station at 6.30pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Eddie Vaughn-Chatfield, Mark Sanders   Jet Ski The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 8.40pm on Sunday 29th June after reports were received of a jet ski broken down in Ray Creek, Point Clear. The lifeboat arrived to find an adult and a child on Cockle Island with the ski. They were taken to Brightlingsea and landed at Point Clear. The lifeboat was back on station at 9.40pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Dinghy The D Class lifeboat launched at 3.20pm on Monday 23rd June after reports were received by the coastguard of two youngsters having problems in a dinghy off Holland-on- Sea. On arrival the crew found the dinghy had reached the beach and went ashore to give safety advice. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfiels (Helm), Kevin Lockert   Man with Knife The D Class lifeboat launched at 3.05pm on 25th June to stand by while police were dealing with a man wielding a knife and threatening to throw himself from the pier. The police were able to disarm him and make an srrest. The lifeboat returned to station at 3.45 Crew: Tim Sutton (Helm), Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Ryan Carvey   Speed boat on mud Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 7.15pm on Saturday 21st June to a 17 foot speed boat which had broken down in the river Colne. On arrival the crew found the craft high and dry on the mud between Batemans Tower ( Brightlingsea ) and Arlesford Creek. On board were two adults and two children. A member of the crew managed to get across the mud with a tow line and the craft was pulled into the water and towed to
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