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Missing Person On Sunday 13 September both Clacton lifeboats launched to assist the police in a search for a man reported missing. The “D” class launched at 3.40pm and the Atlantic was asked to join the police marine unit and the police helicopter soon after. They were asked to cover an area from the pier to Jaywick, and after not finding him this was extended west. He was eventually found walking on the beach at Colne Point and was picked up by the lifeboat and transferred to the police rib. The lifeboats were back on station at 5.15pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Rick Burnell, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Day boat Aground Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat Robert George Alexander launched shortly after 1pm on Sunday 13th September when coastguards received a call from a 5.7 metre dayboat which had run aground on the Swallow Tail sands. The crew arrived to find her taking water rapidly, and took the two people on board into the lifeboat. Two crewmen went on board with a pump but were unable to keep up with the incoming water. The Tyne class lifeboat from Frinton and Walton arrived and a tow was put aboard in the hope that pulling her from the sand might even her up and their larger pump could keep her afloat. Unfortunately she was too badly holed and began to sink. She was put back onto the sand and anchored with a marker buoy. The two people were transferred to the Walton boat and taken to Burnham-on-Crouch. The lifeboat was back on station ay 4pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal Dinghy and yacht in difficulties Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat Robert George Alexander launched at 3.30pm on Tuesday 1st September after reports of a capsized dinghy off Point Clear. While under way the crew were told that the dinghy crew had managed to right the boat and were ashore, but a call had been received from a twenty-six foot yacht with one man on board, had a fouled propeller near the Molliette beacon off Mersea Flats at the entrance to the river Blackwater. On reaching her the crew found she had blown out her jib sail and the tender she was towing had capsized. She was in five and a half feet of water and in the ten minutes it took the crew to get a tow line secured the tide had dropped to three and a half feet, just enough water to pull her clear of the mud. The lifeboat took her into Brightlingsea. The wind was south-west force five to six and the sea was moderate. The wind direction and falling tide make this part of the estuary very choppy with strong currents. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Trevor Neal, Miles Hill A call too late A twenty-eight foot yacht ended-up sinking on the beach at Martello Bay just four hundred metres from the Clacton boathouse. She was on passage to Bradwell Marina when she lost engine power. The skipper raised sail hoping to continue but was heading into the wind and tide. By the time he realized he was making no headway and was being driven onto the shore it was too late. He sent out a mayday call but was not sure of his position. While the coastguards were trying to establish where he was they received a call from a member of the public to say that a yacht was on the rocks near Clacton golf course. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26th and found the yacht aground on the rocks of the fishtail breakwater. The four people on board had managed to get ashore safely. The crew put a line aboard and pulled her off the rocks but she was badly holed and the pumps could not cope with the amount of water she was taking. They towed her round to the lea side of the breakwater where she sank in about six feet of water. The “D” class lifeboat was called at assist and was able to recover personal items from the vessel and clear the debris from the sea. The wind was southwesterly (onshore) gusting to thirty miles per hour and the sea state moderate. Had the skipper sent out a call when he first lost power there would have been sufficient time to get him safely under tow and to his destination. When I spoke to him the following morning he said “I didn’t want to give anyone any trouble“. 30/08/2009 Man Overboard Both boats launched at 6pm on 23rd August after hearing a mayday call that a person had fallen overboard from a yacht near Walton-on-the Naze pier. The boats were recalled when the person was found safe and well. Red Flares The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 9pm on 24th August after coastguards received a call that red flares had been seen near the Wallet Spitway, four and a half miles south-west of Clacton. A large area was covered to the north of the Buxey Sands and into the Ray Sand channel but nothing was found. The lifeboat was back on station shortly after midninght. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Trevor Neal, Danny Thatcher 30/08/2009 Swimmer in Difficlties The “D” class lifeboat launched at 4pm after coastguards received a report of a swimmer in difficulties below the Gardens area of Clacton seafront. About half a mile east of the pier. At 4.30 the Atlantic 75 was launched to help widen the search area. The wind was force four southerly (onshore) and the sea state rough. The search continued until 6pm but nothing was found. The call was put down to a false alarm with good intent. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Bruce Horton, Richard Smith D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Miles Hill 29/08/2009 One of the saddest days in Clacton-on-Sea’s lifeboat history Sunday 16th and Monday 17th of August were two very difficult days for the crew of the lifeboats. Shortly after 4pm on Sunday both boats launched when a ten year old girl was reported missing in the water alongside the Palace break water on the West beach. She had been in the sea with her friend when they both got out of their depth. One girl was rescued by a member of the public who spotted they were in difficulties but he could not hold on to the other. The beach lifeguards were on the scene very quickly and were joined by the “D” class and Atlantic75 lifeboats and the police marine unit. These were quickly joined by the RAF search and rescue and the police helicopters. Two jet-skiers also joined the search. The coastguard and police cleared the beach and closed-off the lower promenade where a mobile incident room was set up. The search continued until dusk, around 9.45pm when the lifeboats were refueled ready to begin again at low water. At 1.30am on Monday both boats re-launched and together with the shore crew, coastguard and police carried out a shallow water search, concentrating on the breakwaters and pier. This continued until 3am when the tide began to flood, all units being stood down until first light. Both boats re-launched at 5.30am and with the police marine unit continued searching until about 10am when it was decided by the coastguard that another low water sweep would be carried out in the afternoon. It was shortly after this search started that the police helicopter alerted the Atlantic 75 to something in the water and the young girl was recovered from the sea shortly before 4pm. She was transferred to the police rib and taken ashore at Brightlingsea. Every available member of the crew was involved in the search, including the shore crew who are not usually called upon once the boats are at sea. The search area was within two hundred metres of the shore and many people joined the media crews on the upper promenade to watch. The whole seafront fell silent as it was realised she had been found and a small crowd gathered outside the boathouse and watched as the crew went about preparing the boats for the next call. Once the boats were re-housed and the doors closed the crew began to relax, many of them shedding a quiet tear. This sort of tragedy is very rare along Clacton’s beaches and strikes at the hearts of the crew, many of whom have young families of their own. Surfer 2.30pm on 21st August the lifeboat launches to a kite-surfer down in the water half a mile off-shore at Martello Bay. The surfer had managed to get ashore but his gear was still in the water. This was recovered and brought to the boathouse. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Steve Oaks   Swimmer Called at 4.15pm 19th August to a swimmer in difficulties of  Jaywick. He had been spotted by several people and was being assisted by two canoeists who were keeping him afloat. The air ambulance had been called and the lifeboat crew took him ashore where he was attended by paramedics. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Steve Oaks Swimmer Launched at 11.35am 15th August after a report was received of a swimmer wearing a yellow bathing hat was missing off Lion Point, Jaywick. They were found happily swimming along off the golf course. The boat was back on station at 12 o/clock. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Steve Oaks, Trevor Neal Missing Person Launched shortly before 11pm on 4th August after coastguards received a report of a missing person on Clacton seafront. They were found on shore and the boat was stood-down. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Ryan Carvey   Yacht Aground Called at 10pm on 25th July to take over tow from Atlantic 75 which was requested to another rescue. An 18ft yacht was aground at the West side of the pier. She was held away from the pier until she refloated just before midnight. Crew: Ray Lynagh (helm), Richard Smith, Darren Simper Missing Person Called at 1.50am on 18th July to a reported missing person near the pier. Stood-down by coastguard at 2.50am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton, Trevor Neal   Fishing Boat Called at 3.20am on 6th August to a fishing boat with a man on board who had collapsed. RAF search and rescue helicopter also called and winch-man taken on board. Lifeboat station doctor also called and resuscitation carried out but the casualty was pronounced dead at 4.12am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Ryan Carvey, Dr John Lineen Suicide Launched at 10.45pm on August 4th to assist police and coastguards with a 42 year old male on the east beach and threatening to commit suicide. “D” class lifeboat also launched and the police helicopter also on scene. Lifeboats stood-down at 11.30pm Crew: Tim Sutton, Danny Thatcher, Ray Lynaugh Dinghy Launched at 3.30pm on August to a report of four persons in a small white dinghy in difficulties off St Osyth beach. Ashore on arrival. Lifeboat ready for service at 4.30pm.   Speed Boat Called at 3.20pm on July 26th to a broken down speed boat at the entrance to Arlesford Creek on the river Colne. The boat , with six people on board was towed to Point Clear. The lifeboat was back on station at 5pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Tragic Accident At the request of Essex Police the RNLI Clacton lifeboat recovered the body of a young girl from the water this afternoon and subsequently transferred it to a police rib. RNLI volunteer crews, who have been involved in an intensive day and night search over the last 24 hours, are deeply saddened by the tragic outcome of this incident and would like to send their condolences and deepest sympathies to the girl’s family and friends. Press Centre RNLI Poole 17/08/2009 Short Trip for “D” class Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 4.20pm on Sunday 9th August after a report was received of a person in difficulties in a small inflatable off Martello beach. On arrival the crew found the teenage boy and his “union Jack” four foot dinghy had been found by the beach patrol and were safely ashore. Crew: Trevor Neal (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Richard Smith Dog in water Shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 4th July Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched to a report of a person and a dog in the sea off the Martello tower at the town’s golf course. The area was searched and nothing was found. The boat was back on station at 9pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Break-down in fog Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called into action shortly before 6pm on Monday 29th when a 24 foot motor boat reported engine failure. Having dropped anchor the boat gave its position as one mile off Jaywick. There was a heavy sea mist with visibility varying from a few hundred metres to three kilometers. Having reached the area and not finding the boat the crew of the lifeboat asked the skipper if he could see any land and if so could he take a compass bearing on it. The crew then put his position further west, and carried-out a search into the Colne estuary, where they asked the skipper to set-off a smoke flare and were able to see him close to the Mersea Flats, off Mersea Island. This was four miles from where he thought he was. The lifeboat went alongside and found the two adults and the child on board to be in good spirits and pleased to see them. The boat was taken in tow to Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 7.45pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Tim Sutton, Trevor Neal Early call for new lifeboat Clacton-on-Sea took delivery of its’ new “D” class lifeboat at lunchtime on Thursday 25th June and hardly before the crew had time to get it wet it was called into action when two kite-surfers became entangled. They were off Martello Bay just before 6pm where the lifeboat crew were familiarising themselves with the new boat when one of the crew spotted the two men in the water. The wind was blowing twenty miles an hour and the sea was showing white horses. One managed to get ashore unaided and the other was helped to the beach with his equipment. The new boat is an updated version of the existing “D” class and is faster and more stable. She will be officially named and presented to the station in September. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Trevor Neal, Darren Simper   Kite-surfers in the water Just after 5pm on Friday 29th May coastguards received a report of two kite- surfers in the water at Martello bay. The “D” class lifeboat was launched and found one of the surfers, the other having managed to get ashore, and brought him ashore at Martello beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 5.30pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Tim Sutton   Jet Skiers Rescued Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 1.05pm on Friday 22nd May after coastguards received a call from two jet skiers broken down three quarters of a mile off Jaywick. One ski had a rope jammed in the impeller and the other had broken down while trying to tow him to shore. The lifeboat towed them both to Martello beach. The boat was ready for service at 2pm. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield (helm), Tim Sutton   Call to Jet-ski Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 3.08pm on Monday 4th May to a jet-ski which had broken down half a mile off the town’s pier. On arrival the crew found the ski had been taken in tow by another jet-ski and they escorted both back to Martello beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.45pm. Crew: Richard Smith (helm), Darren Simper, Mark Sanders Search for person in water Both Clacton lifeboats launched at 12.45pm on Monday 27th April after coastguards received a report of a person in the water to the east side of the pier. The search and rescue helicopter was called and two support vessels from the off-shore wind farm which is under construction also joined the search. The tide was high and a 25 knot wind made the sea rough. A thorough search of an area from the pier to the Gunfleet sailing club at Holland-on-Sea revealed nothing and the search was moved to the west side of the pier and again nothing was found. The coastguard was satisfied that the area had been covered and the lifeboats were stood down at 2.15pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Danny Thatcher, Stuart Hare D Class Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Miles Hill Yacht on rocks Clacton’s Atlantic 75 was asked to launch shortly before 5pm on Tuesday 21st April after coastguards received a call that a boat was on the rocks at Lion Point, Jaywick. The crew arrived to find the 23foot yacht “Lark” with one man on board drifting on to the rock breakwater having suffered engine failure. Needing to get a line aboard the vessel the crew called for the “D” class lifeboat to be launched, and a pump was brought incase the yacht had holed. With the tide still rising and an onshore breeze a line was taken aboard and the yacht was held to prevent her being driven further onto the rocks. After about an hour the tide had risen sufficiently for her to be pulled clear, and after a check for any damage she was towed to her anchorage in Arlesford Creek. The lifeboats were back on station at 8.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Mark Sanders, Eddie Vaughan-chatfield D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh   Cruiser Aground Both Clacton lifeboats, the Atlantic 75 and D class, launched at 8.30pm on Sunday 29th March to a thirty foot cruiser which had run aground in the River Colne at the entrance to Alresford Creek. The vessel had four men and a dog on board and had grounded on a falling tide. A small day boat was standing by to see if he could be of assistance, and the lifeboat managed to transfer the men and the dog to it. Leaving the cruiser at anchor the lifeboat escorted the crew into Brightlingsea. The lifeboats were back on station at 9.45pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Adrian Rose, Tim Sutton D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher, Simon Wright, Trevor Neal   Boat sinking The Atlantic 75 launched at 8.30am on Monday 30th March after coastguards received a mayday call. A small cabin boat had launched from Clactons east beach and had reached about half a mile out from the pier when the three people on board noticed that the vessel was taking water. The lifeboat took two of the people off and got the boat back to the beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 9.20am. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Darren Semper, Mark Sanders   Engine Failure Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 11am on Saturday 14th after coastguards received a call for assistance from a twenty-two foot speed boat with two people on board which had engine problems. The speed boat was near the Ridge buoy in the Whitaker Channel about seven and a half miles south-west of Clacton. She was taken in tow to the Essex marina on the river Crouch. The lifeboat was back on station at 2pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh   Man in Water Clactons’ D class lifeboat launched at 1.50pm after a man was seen to jump from the towns’ pier. The crew managed to pull him from the water and get to shore in a matter of minutes where paramedics and the air ambulance were on hand. The sea and air temperatures were very low and it was feared that he could not be saved. The lifeboat was back on station at 2.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton 12/02/2009   Man taken ill on ship. Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 3pm on Saturday the 7th February after a man was taken ill on a sail training ship. The vessel was in the area of the Swin Spitway approximately five miles south west of Clacton. The search and rescue helicopter was called to airlift the man, who was suffering severe abdominal pain, to Colchester hospital. Because of the rigging on the ship he was taken onboard the lifeboat and lifted from there to the helicopter. The lifeboat was back on station at 4pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Danny Thatcher, Ryan Carvey, Eddie Vaughan-chatfield   Incident Off Brightlingsea On Sunday January 4th saw the “Atlantic 75” lifeboat launch at 2.10am after coastguards called for assistance with an incident in Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was recalled after ten minutes when the police had the matter under control. Assist Police On New Years day the “D” class launched at 7.30pm to assist police and coastguards searching for a person thought to be missing in the area around the pier. After looking for over an hour in dark and freezing conditions and having found nothing the search was called off.

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Missing Person On Sunday 13 September both Clacton lifeboats launched to assist the police in a search for a man reported missing. The “D” class launched at 3.40pm and the Atlantic was asked to join the police marine unit and the police helicopter soon after. They were asked to cover an area from the pier to Jaywick, and after not finding him this was extended west. He was eventually found walking on the beach at Colne Point and was picked up by the lifeboat and transferred to the police rib. The lifeboats were back on station at 5.15pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Rick Burnell, Ray Lynaugh D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Day boat Aground Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat Robert George Alexander launched shortly after 1pm on Sunday 13th September when coastguards received a call from a 5.7 metre dayboat which had run aground on the Swallow Tail sands. The crew arrived to find her taking water rapidly, and took the two people on board into the lifeboat. Two crewmen went on board with a pump but were unable to keep up with the incoming water. The Tyne class lifeboat from Frinton and Walton arrived and a tow was put aboard in the hope that pulling her from the sand might even her up and their larger pump could keep her afloat. Unfortunately she was too badly holed and began to sink. She was put back onto the sand and anchored with a marker buoy. The two people were transferred to the Walton boat and taken to Burnham-on-Crouch. The lifeboat was back on station ay 4pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal Dinghy and yacht in difficulties Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat Robert George Alexander launched at 3.30pm on Tuesday 1st September after reports of a capsized dinghy off Point Clear. While under way the crew were told that the dinghy crew had managed to right the boat and were ashore, but a call had been received from a twenty-six foot yacht with one man on board, had a fouled propeller near the Molliette beacon off Mersea Flats at the entrance to the river Blackwater. On reaching her the crew found she had blown out her jib sail and the tender she was towing had capsized. She was in five and a half feet of water and in the ten minutes it took the crew to get a tow line secured the tide had dropped to three and a half feet, just enough water to pull her clear of the mud. The lifeboat took her into Brightlingsea. The wind was south-west force five to six and the sea was moderate. The wind direction and falling tide make this part of the estuary very choppy with strong currents. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Trevor Neal, Miles Hill A call too late A twenty-eight foot yacht ended-up sinking on the beach at Martello Bay just four hundred metres from the Clacton boathouse. She was on passage to Bradwell Marina when she lost engine power. The skipper raised sail hoping to continue but was heading into the wind and tide. By the time he realized he was making no headway and was being driven onto the shore it was too late. He sent out a mayday call but was not sure of his position. While the coastguards were trying to establish where he was they received a call from a member of the public to say that a yacht was on the rocks near Clacton golf course. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26th and found the yacht aground on the rocks of the fishtail breakwater. The four people on board had managed to get ashore safely. The crew put a line aboard and pulled her off the rocks but she was badly holed and the pumps could not cope with the amount of water she was taking. They towed her round to the lea side of the breakwater where she sank in about six feet of water. The “D” class lifeboat was called at assist and was able to recover personal items from the vessel and clear the debris from the sea. The wind was southwesterly (onshore) gusting to thirty miles per hour and the sea state moderate. Had the skipper sent out a call when he first lost power there would have been sufficient time to get him safely under tow and to his destination. When I spoke to him the following morning he said “I didn’t want to give anyone any trouble“. 30/08/2009 Man Overboard Both boats launched at 6pm on 23rd August after hearing a mayday call that a person had fallen overboard from a yacht near Walton-on-the Naze pier. The boats were recalled when the person was found safe and well. Red Flares The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 9pm on 24th August after coastguards received a call that red flares had been seen near the Wallet Spitway, four and a half miles south- west of Clacton. A large area was covered to the north of the Buxey Sands and into the Ray Sand channel but nothing was found. The lifeboat was back on station shortly after midninght. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Trevor Neal, Danny Thatcher 30/08/2009 Swimmer in Difficlties The “D” class lifeboat launched at 4pm after coastguards received a report of a swimmer in difficulties below the Gardens area of Clacton seafront. About half a mile east of the pier. At 4.30 the Atlantic 75 was launched to help widen the search area. The wind was force four southerly (onshore) and the sea state rough. The search continued until 6pm but nothing was found. The call was put down to a false alarm with good intent. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Bruce Horton, Richard Smith D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Miles Hill 29/08/2009 One of the saddest days in Clacton-on-Sea’s lifeboat history Sunday 16th and Monday 17th of August were two very difficult days for the crew of the lifeboats. Shortly after 4pm on Sunday both boats launched when a ten year old girl was reported missing in the water alongside the Palace break water on the West beach. She had been in the sea with her friend when they both got out of their depth. One girl was rescued by a member of the public who spotted they were in difficulties but he could not hold on to the other. The beach lifeguards were on the scene very quickly and were joined by the “D” class and Atlantic75 lifeboats and the police marine unit. These were quickly joined by the RAF search and rescue and the police helicopters. Two jet- skiers also joined the search. The coastguard and police cleared the beach and closed- off the lower promenade where a mobile incident room was set up. The search continued until dusk, around 9.45pm when the lifeboats were refueled ready to begin again at low water. At 1.30am on Monday both boats re-launched and together with the shore crew, coastguard and police carried out a shallow water search, concentrating on the breakwaters and pier. This continued until 3am when the tide began to flood, all units being stood down until first light. Both boats re-launched at 5.30am and with the police marine unit continued searching until about 10am when it was decided by the coastguard that another low water sweep would be carried out in the afternoon. It was shortly after this search started that the police helicopter alerted the Atlantic 75 to something in the water and the young girl was recovered from the sea shortly before 4pm. She was transferred to the police rib and taken ashore at Brightlingsea. Every available member of the crew was involved in the search, including the shore crew who are not usually called upon once the boats are at sea. The search area was within two hundred metres of the shore and many people joined the media crews on the upper promenade to watch. The whole seafront fell silent as it was realised she had been found and a small crowd gathered outside the boathouse and watched as the crew went about preparing the boats for the next call. Once the boats were re-housed and the doors closed the crew began to relax, many of them shedding a quiet tear. This sort of tragedy is very rare along Clacton’s beaches and strikes at the hearts of the crew, many of whom have young families of their own. Surfer 2.30pm on 21st August the lifeboat launches to a kite- surfer down in the water half a mile off-shore at Martello Bay. The surfer had managed to get ashore but his gear was still in the water. This was recovered and brought to the boathouse. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Steve Oaks   Swimmer Called at 4.15pm 19th August to a swimmer in difficulties of  Jaywick. He had been spotted by several people and was being assisted by two canoeists who were keeping him afloat. The air ambulance had been called and the lifeboat crew took him ashore where he was attended by paramedics. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Steve Oaks Swimmer Launched at 11.35am 15th August after a report was received of a swimmer wearing a yellow bathing hat was missing off Lion Point, Jaywick. They were found happily swimming along off the golf course. The boat was back on station at 12 o/clock. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Steve Oaks, Trevor Neal Missing Person Launched shortly before 11pm on 4th August after coastguards received a report of a missing person on Clacton seafront. They were found on shore and the boat was stood-down. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Ryan Carvey   Yacht Aground Called at 10pm on 25th July to take over tow from Atlantic 75 which was requested to another rescue. An 18ft yacht was aground at the West side of the pier. She was held away from the pier until she refloated just before midnight. Crew: Ray Lynagh (helm), Richard Smith, Darren Simper Missing Person Called at 1.50am on 18th July to a reported missing person near the pier. Stood-down by coastguard at 2.50am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton, Trevor Neal   Fishing Boat Called at 3.20am on 6th August to a fishing boat with a man on board who had collapsed. RAF search and rescue helicopter also called and winch-man taken on board. Lifeboat station doctor also called and resuscitation carried out but the casualty was pronounced dead at 4.12am. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Ryan Carvey, Dr John Lineen Suicide Launched at 10.45pm on August 4th to assist police and coastguards with a 42 year old male on the east beach and threatening to commit suicide. “D” class lifeboat also launched and the police helicopter also on scene. Lifeboats stood-down at 11.30pm Crew: Tim Sutton, Danny Thatcher, Ray Lynaugh Dinghy Launched at 3.30pm on August to a report of four persons in a small white dinghy in difficulties off St Osyth beach. Ashore on arrival. Lifeboat ready for service at 4.30pm.   Speed Boat Called at 3.20pm on July 26th to a broken down speed boat at the entrance to Arlesford Creek on the river Colne. The boat , with six people on board was towed to Point Clear. The lifeboat was back on station at 5pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Tragic Accident At the request of Essex Police the RNLI Clacton lifeboat recovered the body of a young girl from the water this afternoon and subsequently transferred it to a police rib. RNLI volunteer crews, who have been involved in an intensive day and night search over the last 24 hours, are deeply saddened by the tragic outcome of this incident and would like to send their condolences and deepest sympathies to the girl’s family and friends. Press Centre RNLI Poole 17/08/2009 Short Trip for “D” class Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 4.20pm on Sunday 9th August after a report was received of a person in difficulties in a small inflatable off Martello beach. On arrival the crew found the teenage boy and his “union Jack” four foot dinghy had been found by the beach patrol and were safely ashore. Crew: Trevor Neal (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Richard Smith Dog in water Shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 4th July Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched to a report of a person and a dog in the sea off the Martello tower at the town’s golf course. The area was searched and nothing was found. The boat was back on station at 9pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh Break-down in fog Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called into action shortly before 6pm on Monday 29th when a 24 foot motor boat reported engine failure. Having dropped anchor the boat gave its position as one mile off Jaywick. There was a heavy sea mist with visibility varying from a few hundred metres to three kilometers. Having reached the area and not finding the boat the crew of the lifeboat asked the skipper if he could see any land and if so could he take a compass bearing on it. The crew then put his position further west, and carried-out a search into the Colne estuary, where they asked the skipper to set-off a smoke flare and were able to see him close to the Mersea Flats, off Mersea Island. This was four miles from where he thought he was. The lifeboat went alongside and found the two adults and the child on board to be in good spirits and pleased to see them. The boat was taken in tow to Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 7.45pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Tim Sutton, Trevor Neal Early call for new lifeboat Clacton-on-Sea took delivery of its’ new “D” class lifeboat at lunchtime on Thursday 25th June and hardly before the crew had time to get it wet it was called into action when two kite-surfers became entangled. They were off Martello Bay just before 6pm where the lifeboat crew were familiarising themselves with the new boat when one of the crew spotted the two men in the water. The wind was blowing twenty miles an hour and the sea was showing white horses. One managed to get ashore unaided and the other was helped to the beach with his equipment. The new boat is an updated version of the existing “D” class and is faster and more stable. She will be officially named and presented to the station in September. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Trevor Neal, Darren Simper   Kite-surfers in the water Just after 5pm on Friday 29th May coastguards received a report of two kite- surfers in the water at Martello bay. The “D” class lifeboat was launched and found one of the surfers, the other having managed to get ashore, and brought him ashore at Martello beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 5.30pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Tim Sutton   Jet Skiers Rescued Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 1.05pm on Friday 22nd May after coastguards received a call from two jet skiers broken down three quarters of a mile off Jaywick. One ski had a rope jammed in the impeller and the other had broken down while trying to tow him to shore. The lifeboat towed them both to Martello beach. The boat was ready for service at 2pm. Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield (helm), Tim Sutton   Call to Jet-ski Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat launched at 3.08pm on Monday 4th May to a jet-ski which had broken down half a mile off the town’s pier. On arrival the crew found the ski had been taken in tow by another jet-ski and they escorted both back to Martello beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.45pm. Crew: Richard Smith (helm), Darren Simper, Mark Sanders Search for person in water Both Clacton lifeboats launched at 12.45pm on Monday 27th April after coastguards received a report of a person in the water to the east side of the pier. The search and rescue helicopter was called and two support vessels from the off-shore wind farm which is under construction also joined the search. The tide was high and a 25 knot wind made the sea rough. A thorough search of an area from the pier to the Gunfleet sailing club at Holland-on-Sea revealed nothing and the search was moved to the west side of the pier and again nothing was found. The coastguard was satisfied that the area had been covered and the lifeboats were stood down at 2.15pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Danny Thatcher, Stuart Hare D Class Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Miles Hill Yacht on rocks Clacton’s Atlantic 75 was asked to launch shortly before 5pm on Tuesday 21st April after coastguards received a call that a boat was on the rocks at Lion Point, Jaywick. The crew arrived to find the 23foot yacht “Lark” with one man on board drifting on to the rock breakwater having suffered engine failure. Needing to get a line aboard the vessel the crew called for the “D” class lifeboat to be launched, and a pump was brought incase the yacht had holed. With the tide still rising and an onshore breeze a line was taken aboard and the yacht was held to prevent her being driven further onto the rocks. After about an hour the tide had risen sufficiently for her to be pulled clear, and after a check for any damage she was towed to her anchorage in Arlesford Creek. The lifeboats were back on station at 8.30pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Mark Sanders, Eddie Vaughan-chatfield D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh   Cruiser Aground Both Clacton lifeboats, the Atlantic 75 and D class, launched at 8.30pm on Sunday 29th March to a thirty foot cruiser which had run aground in the River Colne at the entrance to Alresford Creek. The vessel had four men and a dog on board and had grounded on a falling tide. A small day boat was standing by to see if he could be of assistance, and the lifeboat managed to transfer the men and the dog to it. Leaving the cruiser at anchor the lifeboat escorted the crew into Brightlingsea. The lifeboats were back on station at 9.45pm. Atlantic 75 Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Adrian Rose, Tim Sutton D Class Crew: Danny Thatcher, Simon Wright, Trevor Neal   Boat sinking The Atlantic 75 launched at 8.30am on Monday 30th March after coastguards received a mayday call. A small cabin boat had launched from Clactons east beach and had reached about half a mile out from the pier when the three people on board noticed that the vessel was taking water. The lifeboat took two of the people off and got the boat back to the beach. The lifeboat was back on station at 9.20am. Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Trevor Neal, Darren Semper, Mark Sanders   Engine Failure Clacton-on-Sea’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 11am on Saturday 14th after coastguards received a call for assistance from a twenty-two foot speed boat with two people on board which had engine problems. The speed boat was near the Ridge buoy in the Whitaker Channel about seven and a half miles south-west of Clacton. She was taken in tow to the Essex marina on the river Crouch. The lifeboat was back on station at 2pm. Crew: Danny Thatcher (helm), Trevor Neal, Ray Lynaugh   Man in Water Clactons’ D class lifeboat launched at 1.50pm after a man was seen to jump from the towns’ pier. The crew managed to pull him from the water and get to shore in a matter of minutes where paramedics and the air ambulance were on hand. The sea and air temperatures were very low and it was feared that he could not be saved. The lifeboat was back on station at 2.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton 12/02/2009   Man taken ill on ship. Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 3pm on Saturday the 7th February after a man was taken ill on a sail training ship. The vessel was in the area of the Swin Spitway approximately five miles south west of Clacton. The search and rescue helicopter was called to airlift the man, who was suffering severe abdominal pain, to Colchester hospital. Because of the rigging on the ship he was taken onboard the lifeboat and lifted from there to the helicopter. The lifeboat was back on station at 4pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Danny Thatcher, Ryan Carvey, Eddie Vaughan-chatfield   Incident Off Brightlingsea On Sunday January 4th saw the “Atlantic 75” lifeboat launch at 2.10am after coastguards called for assistance with an incident in Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was recalled after ten minutes when the police had the matter under control. Assist Police On New Years day the “D” class launched at 7.30pm to assist police and coastguards searching for a person thought to be missing in the area around the pier. After looking for over an hour in dark and freezing conditions and having found nothing the search was called off.
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