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Cold Sea at Clacton Proves Beneficial D Class ILB: Helm: Ray Lynaugh Crew: Mark Sanders, Ryan Carvey The D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) from the RNLI’s Clacton station was called out at 2.27 pm on Monday 6th December in response to a report of a male adult who had stated the intention of jumping from the town’s pier. The foggy conditions prevailing at the time provided the RNLI volunteers with an added incentive, if any was needed, to the launch the lifeboat as quickly as possible in order to minimize the possibility of having to conduct a search. Fortunately the person in question decided to wade into the sea from the beach before he reached the pier. However it is thought that before he had gone in so far as to be in any appreciable depth of water the low sea temperature influenced his decision to return to shore where police officers were on scene to give assistance. The volunteer crew of the ILB, helmsman Ray Lynaugh crew members Mark Sanders and Ryan Carvey, returned to the Martello Bay station shortly before 3.00pm. The boat was refuelled and read for service again at 3.20pm. A spokesman for Thames Coastguard congratulated the Clacton RNLI volunteer team for the promptness of their response to the callout. The Crew members would like to pass on their thanks to the people of Clacton for the part they play in supporting the RNLI charity and also for their co-operation in responding to the ‘Lifeboat Emergency’ signs displayed in their cars by crew when they attend a ‘shout’ Powerless Fishermen Date: Sunday 5th December 2010 Launch Time: 16.12 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: James Hill, Trevor Neal Clacton’s RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched on Sunday 5th December at 16.12. The call was to go to the assistance of a 21foot fishing boat with two people on board and an engine which would not start. The location given was off Holland Haven. The casualty vessel was difficult to locate because the lack of battery power on the fishing boat meant that it was unable to display navigation lights. An added complication was that the stated position was rather vague because the fishermen were not able to give a GPS reading, again because of the lack of power their GPS equipment was not functional. The lifeboat, helmed by Stuart Hare, eventually located the vessel 1.5 miles off Holland Haven radar mast, this was achieved with the assistance of Coastguards from Clacton’s mobile unit who were able to communicate from on shore with the casualty by mobile telephone. Crewman James Hill was put aboard the angler’s boat to assist in setting up the tow line in readiness for a passage into Brightlingsea Harbour. In the very dark conditions the flawless navigation by RNLI volunteer Trevor Neal meant that best speed was maintained to arrive at Brightlingsea at 18.50. Advice to all small boat users is to always carry a set of emergency flares and a torch. Although in this case the fishing boat had both VHF radio and GPS there was no ‘plan B’ to compensate for a power failure. Clacton lifeboat the Robert George Alexander was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 18.55. Earlier in the day the Robert George Alexander had delivered Father Christmas to the Lifeboat Station and carried out routine training together with the D Class lifeboat Damarkand IV. No Spark Fishermen Date: Sunday 28 November 2010 Launch Time: 11.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Kevin Lockert Crew: James Hill, Bruce Hurten, Darren Simper The volunteer crews of both Clacton on Sea lifeboats were on their regular exercise on Sunday 28 November when the Atlantic 75 was tasked at 11.15 to go to the aid of a 21foot fishing boat. The 3 anglers were extremely pleased to see the RNLI’s charity funded lifeboat speeding towards them, but non more so than the hapless soul on board suffering from sea sickness. The casualty vessel was at anchor some 7.5 miles off Clacton close to the Barrow Deep when at the point of returning home they found that they could not start the engine. Having located an electrical fault which was repaired their troubles were not over as by this time the boat’s battery was flat, with freezing temperatures and intermittent snow adding to the fishermen’s discomfort. Without delay lifeboat helmsman Kevin Lockert put crew members James Hill and Bruce Hurten on board the casualty with their priority being to attend to the person with sea sickness. The Essex Police Marine Support Unit, which was operating in the area, offered their assistance but despite their good intentions they did not have the equipment required to provide battery power and recommenced their passage back to base. Helmsman Lockert then decided that the best solution to the plight of the fishing boat was to take it under tow. The lines were swiftly set up and the well rehearsed team work of the lifeboat crew clearly demonstrating the value of thorough training. A further example of team work was shown when a decision was taken for the RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat from West Mersea, which was also at sea on exercise, to rendezvous with the Clacton lifeboat and take over the tow to take the fishing boat back to its mooring at West Mersea. After a tow of 8 miles the two RNLI lifeboats met by the Knoll Buoy where the casualty vessel was handed over to the tender care of the West Mersea crew. Three very cold but grateful fishermen were extremely glad to be back home when at 14.30pm West Mersea lifeboat completed the tow. Clacton lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 13.50pm. Person in Distress Date: Sunday 14 November 2010 Launch Time: 03.10 D Class: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched on Sunday 14 November at 03.10 to assist in the search for a woman for whom the authorities were very concerned. The ILB crew was tasked to search close inshore from Lion Point westwards to Seawick. With nothing having been found the crew of the DamarkandIV  were stood down and recalled to station at 04.00. The ILB was refuelled and ready for service at 04.15 Person in Distress Date: Sat. 06 November 2010 Launch Time: 05.46 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Richard Smith, Darren Simper, James Hill D Class: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 05.46 in response to a call made to Essex police from a person in distress. The police believed the person to have been someone who had made previous calls of a similar nature and they were extremely concerned about the safety of the caller. The Atlantic 75 crew commenced a search from immediately in front of the lifeboat station to some ¼ mile out to sea and in the direction of the flood tide westwards as far as Seawick. Because of the low state of the tide the D Class was requested to launch at 06.00 to augment the search teams and sweep the area of shallow water close in to the shoreline. In the darkness the lifeboat crews used both the night vision sights and the powerful searchlights which are standard equipment on both of the Clacton lifeboats. After a meticulous search with nothing untoward being found the Atlantic 75 and the D Class lifeboats, together with the shore based search teams from Thames Coastguard’s Clacton based mobile unit and Essex police, were stood down at 06.50        Both lifeboats were back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 07.20 One ,Two Three,Go! Date: Sunday 10 October 2010 Launch Time: 15.46 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt It was a case of two ‘dry runs’ then a launch for the Clacton RNLI volunteer crew. On each of the previous two days the crew had been paged but stood down before the lifeboat was launched. On Sunday 10.10.10 the D Class was called out to assist a wind surfer who was in difficulties. The fresh easterly breeze and the choppy sea had got the better of the wind surfer who was attempting to return to Martello Bay from a trip towards Clacton Pier. His partner, who was on the shore watching, quickly realised that assistance was required and sensibly made a telephone call to Thames Coastguard. Fortunately just as the inshore lifeboat (ILB) reached the scene the casualty was able to get to the beach aided by the onshore wind. Crew member Darren Simper went ashore to establish that the casualty was uninjured and not in need of further assistance. The wind surfer was also helped by members of Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton who attended the incident. The casualty was effusive in his praise of the RNLI in general and the ILB crew in particular. The D Class lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.11. Search for a Naked Swimmer Date: Monday 27 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 14.35 Atlantic 75: Helm: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Crew: Tim Sutton, Mark Sanders Thames Coastguard paged the volunteers of Clacton RNLI lifeboat crew at 14.35 on Monday 27 September. The Coastguards had been alerted by Essex Police after they had received a 999 call from a lady walking alongside the River Colne. The informant stated that she had seen an elderly gentleman strip naked leaving his clothes on the bank and then enter the river between Arlesford and Wivenhoe. An extensive search was instigated involving Clacton Coastguard mobile unit and police officers as well as the Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat. The high state of the tide enabled lifeboat helmsman Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield to take the lifeboat as far up river as Hythe Quay, Colchester then back down stream as far as Arlesford. However when members of Clacton Coastguard Mobile Unit returned with the female informant to the spot where she saw the man enter the water the clothes had gone and there was no sign of the swimmer. Being satisfied that a thorough search had been carried out and that the gentleman had just had a ‘quick dip’ Thames Coastguard stood down the search teams at 15.36. The call has been classified as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and read for service at 16.10. Another Kite Surfer Date: Sunday 19 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 17.40 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal The Clacton on Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 17.40 on Sunday 19 September 2010.The pilot of a light aircraft had made a radio call to Thames coastguard reporting a swimmer in difficulty. On arriving on scene off Frinton golf course the lifeboat found that the ‘swimmer’ was in fact a kite surfer who had been unable to get his kite to lift off and had swum back to the beach with his kite but minus his surf board. The Atlantic 75 crew quickly located the missing board and reunited it with its grateful owner. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.35. Out of Control Date:  Sunday 19 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 12.45 Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Richard Smith Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt The inshore lifeboat (ILB) from the Clacton on Sea RNLI station was launched at 12.45 on Sunday 19 September 2010. The Clacton volunteers had just finished refuelling and washing down the Atlantic 75 lifeboat after routine training when they spotted a kite surfer in difficulties 300m off shore in Martello Bay. The ILB was ‘self launched’, just before being requested by Thames Coastguard, to the surfer who was being dragged eastwards towards Clacton pier by the kite which he was unable to collapse. The ILB helmsman Richard Smith immediately took the ILB to the surfer in the water, having confirmed that he was uninjured and happy to stay in the sea; Richard manoeuvred the ILB to take the kite on board the lifeboat and reel in the attached lines. This then made the recovery of the surfer into the ILB more straight forward. The 41 year old male casualty was taken back to the Martello Bay lifeboat station where he was given first aid treatment to some minor cuts to his hands. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 13.15. Motor Not Cruising Date: Thursday 16  Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 16.59 Atlantic 75: Helm: Adrian rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper, Mark Sanders Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called out on Thursday 16 September at 16.00 to go to the assistance of a 30' motor boat which had broken down near the Whitaker Spit. The classic motor cruiser was on passage returning home from a vintage boat rally at St. Catherine’s Dock in London. RNLI volunteers Trevor Neal and Darren Simper went on board the ‘Aloma’ to check that the two persons on board were uninjured then Clacton lifeboat crew’s resident mechanic Darren diagnosed the vessel as having a fuel flow blockage. Unfortunately despite Darren’s best efforts the engine would not start as the battery was also flat. According to one of the crew of the ‘Aloma’ the boat had at one time been owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Walton and Frinton’s all-weather lifeboat which had also been requested to launch arrived on scene to take the ‘Aloma’ under tow to Brightlingsea. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.30. Faulty End to the Day Date: Friday 10 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 15.07 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ryan Carvey, Richard Smith The volunteers of Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were not allowed much rest on Friday 10 September. Having already been called out at 03.13 they were paged again at 15.07. This time the Atlantic 75 was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard to go to the aid of a broken motor boat. The casualty vessel was a 20' fishing boat at anchor off Brightlingsea Creek in the River Colne. The two persons on board had been fishing since 9.00a.m without too much success. Their luck did not get much better when upon deciding to call it a day the engine of the boat would not start. It was thought that an electrical fault was the source of the non functioning motor. The Clacton lifeboat was quickly on scene and a crew member transferred to the  casualty. Having established that the two unlucky fishermen were unharmed a tow line was passed from the lifeboat. The boat was then towed the short distance back to its point of departure at Point Clear. Members of Thames Coastguard mobile unit from Clacton were waiting ashore to give assistance getting the recalcitrant vessel onto its trailer. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 16.25. This service brought the total launches for the two Clacton lifeboats to 10 in six days. Including routine training the Atlantic 75 lifeboat and the Inshore D Class lifeboat had been launched 5 times each since the previous Sunday. Another Search Date: Friday 10  Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 03.13 Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI volunteers at Clacton had another early call on Friday 10 September 2010 when Clacton Police for the second time this week requested the assistance of the lifeboat. The D Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) was tasked to carry out a search along the waterline from Lion Point Jaywick to a position approximately 1 mile to the west. The search was instigated after the person being sought had made a call to NHS Direct which raised anxiety that they may have entered the sea from Jaywick beach. Although the ILB crew spotted an item of clothing on the beach the relevance of this was quickly discounted as it had previously been seen by police officers. The beach having been thoroughly searched by police together with the Clacton based Coastguard mobile unit and the inshore area covered by the RNLI D Class lifeboat, all units were stood down at 3.55a.m. Clacton inshore lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 4.15a.m Twice in three days Clacton auxiliary coastguards and RNLI volunteers have returned home shortly before dawn to catch a couple of hours sleep before going to work. Clothes Left on the Beach Date: Wed. 8 September 2010 Launch Time: 02.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart hare Crew: Rick Burnell, Mark Sanders, Ray Lynaugh Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt Clacton Police asked for the Clacton RNLI Lifeboats to be paged at 2.45a.m on Wednesday 8th September 2010 to assist in the search for a missing person. The person had made a telephone call to the police giving their position as being on Jaywick beach. Upon reaching the location the police found a pile of clothes but no person and therefore initiated a search. The Atlantic 75 and the D Class Inshore lifeboats were initially involved in the area immediately off the beach at Jaywick before the search area was extended ½ mile out to sea and eastwards to Clacton Pier. In order to intensify efforts yet further the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was called upon to add its ‘heat seeking’ and ‘night vision’ capability to the search. Police and coastguards were also engaged in a shoreline search for a full saturation of assets in the area. With nothing found all services were stood down at 4.40a.m. The Clacton lifeboats were back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 5.05 a.m. The RNLI volunteers were, however, not yet finished. At 8.17a.m. They were paged again at 8.17a.m. in order to resume the search, as the Police were still concerned as to the whereabouts and safety of the still missing person. The Atlantic 75 and the D class again carried out a meticulous search from Jaywick up to Clacton Pier. The ILB was called upon to investigate an object seen off shore in Martello Bay by a local seafront resident who came into the Lifeboat House to report his sighting. Even though the object turned out to be a marker buoy Clacton RNLI volunteers are grateful for the assistance of the public in these situations. The lifeboats were stood down at 10.25 as the Essex Police helicopter carried out a final search assisted by the Police Marine Unit RIB (rigid inflatable boat). The Atlantic 75 and the ILB were back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 10.50 a.m. The RNLI volunteer tractor drivers, shore helpers and crew members retired to the local Beach Diner for a well earned ‘big breakfast’. Thanks Andy and Julie! Lifeboat Rescues Sea Pigeon’s Baby Date: Sunday 29 August 2010 Launch Time: 17.35 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Mark Sanders, Darren Simper The Atlantic 75 lifeboat from the Clacton RNLI station was launched at 17.35 p.m. on Sunday 29 August to search for a drifting dinghy at the request of Thames Coastguard. The dinghy had been reported by a member of the public drifting ½ mile off shore in the mouth of the River Colne, between Point Clear and East Mersea. With no one being able to be seen on board the dinghy the worst case scenario of its crew having gone overboard was assumed. Clacton lifeboat very quickly located the 12' inflatable dinghy and pulled it up onto the Atlantic 75 not far from its reported position. It transpired that the dinghy was the tender to the 20' yacht ‘Sea Pigeon’ and had drifted away from the yacht as the painter line had chaffed through. ‘Sea Pigeon’ was, in fact, not having a good day. Having fouled its propeller with its anchor cable it was being assisted by the crew of the Brightlingsea Harbour Master’s launch ‘Dracula’ and was therefore unable to chase the breakaway tender. Clacton lifeboat followed ‘Sea Pigeon’, being towed by ‘Dracula’, into Brightlingsea harbour where the crew reunited ‘Sea Pigeon’ with her runaway baby. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 19.25.p.m Head Injury Medi-Vac Date: Saturday 28 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.03 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal, Tim Sutton Clacton RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 2.52 p.m. on Saturday 28 August 2010 in response to a ‘pan pan’ radio call made to Thames Coastguard by the skipper of a 37' yacht. The 47 year old female crew of the yacht had been struck on the head by the boat’s boom and was reported to be conscious but bleeding from a head wound. Clacton lifeboat with its volunteer crew was launched in less than seven minutes from being paged and made best speed to rendezvous with the casualty vessel, which had made its way through the Wallet Spitway, to the Knoll buoy. As a result of excellent communications between the casualty vessel, Thames Coastguard and the lifeboat the yacht was located without delay. Lifeboat crew members Ray Lynaugh and Trevor Neal went aboard the yacht and quickly put their extensive RNLI first aid training to use. Having evaluated the casualty and given her immediate treatment, which included administering oxygen, she was transferred to the lifeboat for a gentle 3 mile evacuation back to the lifeboat station. The casualty remained conscious and in good spirits during the passage joking that she ‘had not expected to share a boat with four strange men!’. Upon reaching Martello Bay the lifeboat moved into shallow water where more members of the crew and coastguards were waiting to lift the casualty off the lifeboat on to the beach and transfer her to the ambulance. She was then taken to Colchester Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. The yacht made an independent passage back to the Suffolk Yacht Marina in the River Orwell. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 12.37. Tractor Rescues Harrier Jump Jet Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010 Launch Time: 21.35 Talus MB -4H Tractor: Driver: Alan Thompson Crew: Dennis Hoad At 9.35 p.m. on Wednesday 25 August the Clacton RNLI launching tractor was called upon to go to the assistance of a Harrier Jump Jet simulator. The simulator, an attraction for the Clacton Air Show, had become stuck in the extremely soft grass of the greensward a short distance from the lifeboat station. The lifeboat, having just returned from an exercise and a service was being washed down and waiting to be refuelled when the call came in for the tractor. The extraordinary decision to allow the tractor to attend this shout was taken in support of the Air Show and because the lifeboat was at the time not ready for service. The Talus MB4-H tractor made exclusively for the RNLI have the capability of entering the sea to launch the Atlantic class lifeboats and are an amazing piece of equipment. Tractor driver Alan Thompson said ‘the articulated truck unit for the simulator was no challenge for the tractor so it only took minutes to pull it back on to firm ground. The tractor was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 21.41. The donation made to the RNLI in recognition of this service has been gratefully received. Let There Be Light Date: Wednesday 25 August Launch Time: 20.14 Atlantic 75: Helm: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal, Richard Weeks (ADI)                                        Both Clacton RNLI lifeboats were at sea on exercise, with their crews being assessed by RNLI Deputy Divisional Inspector Richard Weeks, when the Atlantic 75 was diverted to assist Burnham Lifeboat. Thames Coastguard had received a call from the 19' yacht ‘Caspian’ with 2 persons on board that they were aground on the Maplin Sands. Burnham lifeboat was launched to go to the assistance of the yacht but with the poor visibility in the heavy rain falling at the time the casualty was not immediately located. Shortly after the Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat, which joined the search, the casualty fired two distress flares. Within minutes both boats arrived on scene to the north of the NE Maplin Buoy. Clacton lifeboat stood by and provided additional illumination while a Burnham crew member was put aboard ‘Caspian’ to set up a tow line. Assured that everything was under control Clacton lifeboat returned to station leaving the Burnham crew a long tow back to Burnham. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 21.50 DDI Weeks said that ‘ the rescue had been an excellent example of the coordination of RNLI lifeboats and how well crews from different stations work together’ Minor Error Puts Yacht Aground Date: Tuesday 17 August 2010 LaunchTime: 02.24 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ryan Carvey, James Hill   The Atlantic 75 lifeboat from the RNLI’s Clacton station was paged at 02.24 on Tuesday Morning (17.08.10) at the request of Thames Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 35' yacht which had run aground on the East Barrow sand bank some 8 miles off Clacton. The yacht with two persons on board was on passage to its home port of Rochester when a small error of navigation put the vessel onto the East Barrow sands. Having swiftly gone to the position given by the casualty the crew did not find the yacht. A search of the vicinity was started with the lifeboat being assisted by the dredger Arco Haven whose master had offered his help via Thames CG. The casualty, which by this time had floated off the sands with the rising tide, was soon picked out by the Arco Haven’s extremely powerful search light some ½ mile from the originally stated position. Volunteer lifeboat crew member Ryan Carvey was transferred to the yacht to assess any injuries to those on board and any damage to the yacht. Fortunately there were no injuries but the yacht had sustained damage to its steering gear. The Clacton lifeboat then escorted the vessel to deeper water by the Barrow number 7 buoy. By this time the Walton and Frinton all-weather lifeboat, which due to the size and location of the casualty had also been tasked, arrived on scene. Because of the damaged steering the skipper of the yacht accepted the offer from the Walton lifeboat Coxswain for a tow into Brightlingsea. Clacton lifeboat took a Walton crew member across to the casualty to set up the tow line, recovered crewman Carvey and returned to station. On arriving back to the Martello Bay boathouse Ryan Carvey praised the level of equipment on board the yacht and described the running aground as an honest minor mistake. He went on to say that if ‘you have to go out at 2.30 in the morning the crew of the casualty could not be nicer people to meet!’ Clacton Lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 05.05   Wind Surfers Find Conditions Too Much Date: Sunday 15 August 2010 Launch Time: 17.36 D Class ILB: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Ray Lynaugh, James Hill The RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) from Clacton was called to a second incident of the day at 17.36 on Sunday 15 August. The location was again the nearby Martello Bay. Two female wind surfers had been caught out by the increase in wind speed and had been blown on to the seaward end of the fishtail breakwater. The two casualties were rescued from the rocks by the RNLI volunteers within minutes of the alarm being raised. The ILB crew checked that the two young ladies were uninjured and then promptly returned them to the beach. It was then a case of searching for the two wind surf rigs. Even though the sea by this time had become even rougher the boards and sails were quite quickly located, recovered and returned to the beach. Because of the confused nature of the waves breaking on the beach in front of the lifeboat station the ILB helmsman Mark Davey opted to run the boat up onto the beach rather than recover on to the boat trailer in the normal manner. Clacton ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.15 Runaway Kite-board Date: Sunday 15 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.30 D Class ILB: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders The D class inshore lifeboat from the RNLI’s Clacton station was tasked, while at sea on exercise, at 11.30 on Sunday 15 August to search for the board lost by a kite- surfer. The mobile unit from Thames Coastguard sector base at Clacton had been alerted to a kite-surfer in difficulties in Martello Bay. The casualty had lost control in the blustery wind and had become entangled in a buoy. He was reached by members of Tendring District Council’s Beach Patrol in their small rigid inflatable boat who were in the area. They were able to take the casualty and his kite ashore but were unable to locate his board. The runaway board was considered by the Coastguards to be a ‘hazard to navigation’ and could also be the potential cause of another alert if found drifting at some later time; hence the request for the RNLI inshore lifeboat to undertake a search. The lifeboat crew using their knowledge of the local area and making calculations based on the wind and tide conditions located the board after a 10 minute search. The board was returned to the beach and reunited with its grateful owner. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 12.00   Not Where They Thought They Were Date: Friday 06 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Mark Sanders, Joff Strutt, Simon Wright   The Clacton RNLI station’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called out on Friday 6 August at 11.45. Thames Coastguard had been alerted by mobile telephone by the crew of a 23' motor pleasure boat that their craft had broken down and was at anchor. The position given was imprecise as the boat was not equipped with any navigational aids, it had no radio with which a radio direction finding fix could be obtained and the crew did not know where they were. The landmarks described as being visible by the informant aboard the casualty indicated that the vessel was somewhere in the vicinity of the Knoll buoy and the Gunfleet Wind Farm. Clacton lifeboat began a search of the defined area and was joined by the helicopter of the Essex Police Air Support Unit which was operating in the vicinity. However despite the combined efforts of these resources nothing was found. The search area was then switched by Thames Coastguard to an area to the north west of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm and Clacton Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. The casualty was eventually located near Blacktail Spit off Southend (some 15 nautical miles away from the position originally given) by the crew of Southend’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat which had been launched to extend the search. The casualty was towed by Southend lifeboat into Leigh on Sea arriving at approximately 15.00. Members of Thames Coastguard’s mobile unit based at Southend were on hand to provide sea safety advice to those aboard the casualty boat. Clacton lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 12.46.   Capsized Laser Date: Saturday 31 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.54 Atlantic 75: Helm: Kevin Lockert Crew: Mark Sanders, Rick Burnell   Clacton RNLI volunteers were called out at 15.54 on Saturday 31 July 2010 to help the crew of dinghy which had capsized off Frinton on Sea. The two crew of the small Laser class dinghy had capsized their craft and were experiencing some difficulty in getting the boat upright again in the strengthening winds and increasing waves. However, by the time the Clacton Atlantic 75 Lifeboat arrived the casualty boat was back on an even keel but not totally under control. The Lifeboat escorted the Laser into Frinton beach where crew member Rick Burnell waded ashore to ensure that the casualties were uninjured and to assist them recover their boat to its trailer. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.05. Kite Returned to Owner Date: 28 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.40 (at sea) D Class: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders   Whilst returning back to station from a service at Holland Haven, Clacton on Sea’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was tasked by Thames Coastguard to attend a kite surfer in difficulties in Martello Bay. A shift in the direction of the wind had presented the 14 year old novice kite surfer with conditions a little beyond his capabilities. Even though the ILB reached the scene very quickly the casualty had managed to reach the shore but without his kite which was rapidly heading out to sea. The ILB crew recovered the kite and returned it to the Lifeboat station where it was reunited with its very relieved young owner, Mark, who had imagined the loss of his investment. Mark expressed his gratitude and admiration for the work of the RNLI volunteer crew. He is pictured in the Clacton Boathouse untangling the lines of his salvaged kite. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.05 Man On the Rocks Date: Wednesday 28 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.15 D Class: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders   The RNLI Clacton on Sea Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 15.15 on Wednesday 28 July to go to the assistance of an elderly gentleman stuck on the rock breakwater at Holland Haven. The 78 year old had been swimming when overcome by fatigue he sought refuge on the rocks. The proprietor of the beach café saw that he was in difficulties and called Thames Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of the ILB. On arriving at Holland Haven the crew found the casualty rather unsteady but otherwise in good shape. They assisted him ashore and with the aid of a hot cup of tea, kindly provided by Pat from the café, he was soon fully recovered. The ILB crew assured that the casualty was safe to be left returned to station.   Kite Surfers Not in Trouble Date: Monday 26 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.13 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Tye Crudgington, Mark Sanders   The Clacton RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard at 17.13 on Monday 26 July. The Coastguards had been alerted by the crew of the yacht ‘Misbehaving’ to kite surfers in difficulty. The ILB having used all its 25 knots quickly arrived on scene at Holland Haven only to find everything under control. The ‘casualties’ were actually kite surfers under instruction, practicing ‘self recovery’ procedures. However to an observer their manoeuvers were easily mistaken for a real emergency. The call was therefore classified by Thames Coastguard as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. The crew of the ‘Misbehaving’ was thanked by the Coastguards for their vigilance and for their time ‘staying in attendance’. Having assured themselves that the situation was all under control and had an explanation of what the kite surfers were doing the ILB crew made their way back to station. Upon passing Clacton the crew observed some young males who appeared to be preparing to jump into the sea from the pier. Helmsman Trevor Neal took the ILB close to the pier to be in a position to give the youths some friendly advice! Obviously there are still those not aware of the dangers of ‘toombstoning’ despite the high profile RNLI campaign and warnings in the local press. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.05       ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea’ Date: Sunday 25 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.50 D Class ILB: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Bruce Hurten, James Hill    The volunteer crew of Clacton’s RNLI Lifeboat station was at hand to respond immediately to a cry for help on Sunday 25 July 2010. Already assembled and preparing for a routine Sunday evening training exercise they dispatched the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to the River Colne. The information from Thames Coast Guard was that a small dinghy was stranded on the mud with two people on board. The ILB crew arrived on scene at the entrance to Arlesford Creek, close to the number 21 buoy, to find a small inflatable plastic boat aground with two rather sleepy young men as its occupants. On recovering the hapless casualties the crew was given an explanation of the circumstances of how these intrepid sailors had become castaways. The two twenty year olds explained how thier passage had begun in Castle Park, Colchester, some 5 kilometers from where they were found. They had ‘set sail’ in the inflatable dingy, value £16.99, in the river where it flows by the park and then within a short space of time they both fell asleep. The ebbing tide must have taken them through Colchester, carrying them on past The Hythe, Rowhedge, Wivenhoe and somehow negotiating the Colne Barrier before depositing them on the Mud at Arlesford Creek where it seems they woke up! Even had they been awake, without oars or paddles, they had no effective means of propulsion and without lifejackets entering the water to swim ashore would not have been a wise course of action. Clacton ILB landed the casualties at Brightlingsea where they were given some safety advice by members of Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton who then very kindly took the somnolent navigators home by road. Clacton ILB then joined the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat in the planned training exercise.   Not Such a Good Buy Date: Saturday 24 July 2010 Launch Time: 13.00 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Adrian Rose, Trevor Neal   Clacton RNLI Volunteers launched the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat at 13.00 on Saturday to rush to the aid of a sinking speedboat. The recently purchased 14' craft with 5 adults and a baby on board was filling with water at an alarming rate. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene, some 200m west of Clacton Pier, the Beach Patrol boat had already taken the baby plus two adults ashore. However the salvage pump and pulling power of the RNLI boat were utilized without delay. Crew member Trevor Neal boarded the casualty vessel and after checking that all on board were unharmed started pumping operations, whilst helmsman Mark Davey and crew Adrian Rose set up the tow line. Helmsman Davey took the decision to return the casualty to Point Clear from where they had set out. The weather, tide conditions and hull shape of the casualty allowed the tow to proceed at a steady rate of knots which meant that the River Colne was reached in the minimum time. The speedboat was put ashore at Point Clear where members of the Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton were waiting to receive it. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 14.37.   Demo Turns Into a Shout Date: Wednesday 21 July  2010                             Launch Time: 14.20 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Simon Wright, Tye Crudgington. The Clacton RNLI Lifeboat Station was the venue for a day long presentation to 17 supporters of the Institution on Wednesday 21 July. The event was organised jointly by RNLI staff from national headquarters in Poole and the Eastern Region office in Hadleigh. A highlight of the day was to be a demonstration launch of the stations Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. At the very moment this demonstration started the crew was made aware that an ‘incident’ had developed on the beach close to the town’s pier. The visitors unaware that anything untoward was occurring were rather surprised to see the lifeboat launch and then disappear into the distance. As the Lifeboat was being pushed out to sea by the tractor a request was received for it to proceed to Palace beach to go to the assistance of a 17 year old male in distress on the shoreline. On arriving on scene Helmsman Tim Sutton was asked to send the Lifeboat’s oxygen to the beach. Crew member Simon Wright left the boat and waded ashore with the oxygen. The casualty had signaled that he was in difficulty and was attended by members of the Beach Patrol. When Crewman Wright arrived he assessed the casualty as having some kind of seizure. He immediately deployed the oxygen equipment from the Lifeboat and used the casualty pouch to keep the casualty from contact with the wet sand. He stayed with the casualty who he described as ‘not very responsive, drifting in and out of consciousness and starting to get very cold’ until the rapid response paramedic arrived. Fortunately his girlfriend was at the scene and was able to supply a medical history for the Youngman. The casualty was taken by ambulance to Colchester Accident and Emergency Department where he was expected to make a full recovery. Clacton Lifeboat returned to Martello Bay to resume the public relations demonstration and was back on station and ready for service at 14.45.   Pier Race Competitor Capitulates Date: Sunday 18 July 2010                                      Launch Time: 15.05 (at sea) Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Danny Thatcher, James Hill D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Tye Crudgington, Steve Oakes   On Sunday 18 July 2010 both the Atlantic 75 and the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) from Clacton’s RNLI station were providing additional safety support to Clacton’s annual ‘Round the Pier Race. Soon after the start of the race it was not just the competitors who were in action. One of the racers was seen by the crew of the ILB to raise her hand to indicate she required assistance. ILB helmsman Trevor Neal very carefully negotiated a course through the other swimmers to get to her. Crew Tye Crudgington and Steve Oakes took the lady on to the ILB without delay. After an immediate assessment of the casualty it was decided to transfer her to the Atlantic 75 and a rapid evacuation to the beach. The volunteer crew of the Atlantic 75; James Hill, Danny Thatcher and Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, all trained by the RNLI as first aiders carried the exhausted swimmer to the beach. While both boats resumed their safety cover duties crew member Vaughan-Chatfield remained with the casualty administering first aid which included provision of oxygen for a period of 20 minutes until the arrival of paramedics. (Oxygen equipment is standard on all classes of RNLI Lifeboats). Both the Clacton Lifeboats remained on duty with the race until its conclusion. They returned to station and were ready for service at 16.10.   Swimmer in Distress Date:  Saturday 17 July 2010                                      Launch Time: 18.34 D Class: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI Clacton Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 18.34 on Saturday 17 July 2010 to go to the assistance of a swimmer in distress in the sea off Jaywick beach. When the volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene they found two men on the end of the rock breakwater. The casualty, a local man in his late twenties, had become tired whilst swimming but had managed to reach the semi submerged marker post at the seaward end of the breakwater. After some ten minutes of clinging on he could no longer maintain his grip and let go of the post. By this stage he was in very real perilous situation. At this point a 32 year old male on the beach observed the plight of the casualty. He swum out and managed to get both the casualty and himself onto the rocks of the breakwater. Meanwhile a young lady who witnessed the unfolding drama put in a 999 call to Thames Coastguard. The ILB crew took both the exhausted casualty and his rescuer, both apparently none the worse for their ordeal, on board and swiftly returned them to the beach where Coastguards from Clacton were waiting. The D Class Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 19.02.   Dog Tired Date:  Sunday 12 July 2010                                               Launch Time: 08.47 D Class ILB: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Mark Sanders, James Hill   The IB1 D Class Lifeboat ‘Damarkand IV’ from Clacton RNLI Station was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard at 08.47 on Monday 12 July to go to the aid of a dog. The animal was reported as being stuck on the rocks at Holland Haven. Upon arrival on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew found the 102lb American Bulldog on the rocks together with its owner. ‘Timothy’ the dog, had become weary of swimming and climbed up onto the rock breakwater from where he was refusing to move! Helmsman Trevor Neal manoeuvered the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) nose first up to the rocks so that crew member Mark Sanders could bravely leave the safety of the  oat to face the very large dog and its owner, size not recorded, and help them into the ILB. A very grateful bulldog and owner were then returned to the beach. The D Class Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 09.50.   Upside down Jet Ski Date:  Sunday 11 July 2010                                               Launch Time: 13.15 D Class: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Miles Hill, Tye Crudgington The ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) was launched in super quick time as crew were already at the Clacton RNLI station due to the launch some twenty minutes earlier of the Atlantic 75. The ILB was requested by Thames Coastguard to assist the Clacton Beach Patrol RIB (rigid inflatable boat) which was experiencing difficulty towing a jet ski which had broken down. The jet ski kept turning over whilst the Beach Patrol RIB was towing. The tow was transferred to the ILB together with its riders and the craft taken back to Hutley’s Beach St. Osyth. Crew member Miles Hill advised the two riders of the jet ski as to appropriate safety equipment to carry with them. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 14.45   Multi Tasking Date:  Sunday 11 July                                                Launch Time: 12.52 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal, Joff Strutt, The RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat from the Clacton on Sea station was launched at 12.52 on Sunday 11 July to attend two craft that had run aground off Brightlingsea. Fortunately neither the speed boat nor the fishing boat needed the assistance of the Lifeboat. One refloated and was able to continue under its own power. The other was pulled into deeper water by the Brighlingsea harbour launch ‘Dracular’ which then towed the casualty into Brightlingsea. On the way back to station the ‘Robert George Alexander’ was tasked by Thames Coastguard to return to the River Colne to go to a speed boat with engine failure close to the Number17 buoy. Crew member Ray Lynaugh was put aboard the speed boat to assist in setting up a tow line. Ray said ‘he was impressed by the full inventory of safety equipment on the casualty and that he appreciated the unseasonal hot cross bun given to him’. The boat with no name was towed to the hammer head pontoon at Brightlingsea. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 14.30   Possible Missing Swimmer Search Date:  Friday 09 July                                                 Launch Time: 19.33 Atlantic 75: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Eddie Vaughan- Chatfield, Darren Simper D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders  Shallow Water Search Team: Tye Crudgington, Gary Hannigan, Steve Oakes, Alan Osborn, Alan Thompson, Dan Thompson, Simon Wright. The Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, the D Class Inshore Lifeboat and a shallow water search team from Clacton’s RNLI station were deployed on Friday July 9 to conduct a search for a swimmer reported missing off West Beach, Clacton. The RNLI volunteers joined members of Thames Coastguard’s mobile unit, helicopters from Essex Police Air Support Unit and RAF Wattisham in a thorough search of the sea from the pier up to Jaywick beach and a 1/2 mile out to sea. The search continued until 20.50 when, nothing having been found, Thames Coastguard called an end to the operation. A spokesperson for Thames Coastguard confirmed that the report from the informant had been classified as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. The Clacton Lifeboats and shallow water search team were back on station and ready for service at 21.05. The crew were paged at 02.35 on Saturday 10 July to assist a person in the sea near Clacton pier but were stood down at 02.36 as the person had returned to the beach.   No Magic from ‘Bloo Wizard’ Date: Thursday 08 July 2010                                   Launch Time: 21.16 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Ryan Carvey   The RNLI’s Clacton Lifeboat was launched to the sixth speed boat related incident of 2010 on Thursday 8th July at 21.16. The 20 foot speed boat ‘Bloo Wizard’ had contacted Thames Coastguard by mobile phone to say that they had broken down and were at anchor in the River Colne estuary. The casualty had in fact dragged its anchor and was located by the Lifeboat further up the river. It was fortunate that in the failing light of dusk the boat was found before darkness fell as it had no navigation lights and there was no torch or flares aboard. The boat which had only recently been purchased off ‘ebay’ was on its maiden voyage with the new owner had suffered failure of the engine water cooling pump. Volunteer lifeboat crew were put on to ‘Bloo Wizard’ to fix a tow line so that it could be taken under tow into Point Clear. On arrival because of the very soft sand the crew of the Lifeboat had to team up with the Coastguard mobile team from Clacton to pull the speedboat onto the slipway by means of the winch on the Coastguard 4x4 vehicle. A Thames Coastguard spokesperson said ‘ because of our concern regarding the lack of basic emergency equipment on the speed boat we gave the owner advice about measures to be taken and the safety equipment required’. Clacton’s Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 22.40   Waiting for the Tide Date: Sunday 04 July 2010 Launch Time: 11.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: Bruce Hurton, Trevor Neal Clacton’s RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was diverted from its Sunday morning training to go to the assistance of a 40 foot sloop which had run aground 8 cables (0.8 miles) north east of the Ridge buoy. The sailing vessel ‘Francipam’, with three crew on board, had strayed just outside the Whitaker Channel at low tide. Although in no immediate danger the sloop’s skipper decided to make a non emergency radio call to Thames Coast Guard who requested that Clacton Lifeboat’s volunteer crew attend to assess the situation. After an initial attempt to pull the ‘Francipam’ off the sand bank was made helmsman Stuart Hare decided to wait for the flooding tide to float the sloop. Clacton Lifeboat remained in attendance until 11.45 when the casualty refloated and was able to recommence its passage from Brightlingsea to Burnham on Crouch. The skipper of ‘Francipam’ is a regular subscriber to the RNLI and made the comment that ‘it is worth every penny to know that the RNLI are there’ he also expressed his extreme gratitude to the crew of the Clacton Lifeboat. The Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 13.15   That Sinking Feeling Date: Sunday 04 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.07 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal Clacton RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was launched for the second occasion on Sunday 4th July in response to a call for help from a sinking speed boat. The crew of the boat had used a mobile telephone to contact Thames Coast Guard to alert them to their situation and location. The information available was somewhat imprecise but the Lifeboat was able to find the casualty a short distance off Hutley’s Beach, St Osyth. The speed boat initially had three people onboard but one had swum ashore by the time the Lifeboat arrived on scene. The boat was rapidly taking on water from a leaking gland and was in real danger of sinking. Crew member Trevor Neal was transferred to the casualty vessel together with the Lifeboat’s salvage pump. The pump was able to control the ingress of water sufficiently for the speed boat to proceed under its own power to Brightlingsea escorted by Clacton Lifeboat where it was safely recovered. The Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 18.25 Malicious Call Date: 2010 Launch Time: 14.43 Atlantic 75: Helm: M Davey Crew: M Sanders, M Hill D Class: Helm: T Dye Crew: T. Neal, D Simper Both of Clacton’s RNLI Lifeboats were called out at 14.43 on Tuesday 29 June as a result of a report to a Tendring District Council Seafront Warden that ‘a girl was drowning’. The search for the possible missing swimmer was initially concentrated in the area of the Martello Bay fishtail groyne. The lifeboats were assisted by the search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RAF Wattisham and the Clacton Beach Patrol RIB (rigid inflatable boat). After some 1 ¼ hours with the search box having been extended to half a mile off shore and down wind and in the direction of the ebbing tide to the east of Clacton pier with nothing having been found Thames Coastguard called an end to the operation at 15.40. The informant left the scene immediately after giving his report to the Seafront Warden. The call was classified by Thames Coastguard as being ‘malicious’. Alan Osborn, spokesman for Clacton RNLI, said: “Although volunteer lifeboat crews are ready and willing to attend real emergencies, valuable resources are wasted and may be taken from real life-threatening emergencies if people make malicious calls. The RNLI is a charity and malicious calls also waste the money that the public have generously donated for the saving of lives." He went on to congratulate the Seafront Warden for her prompt response to the information she was given. Based on annual average cost of training crew, maintaining lifeboats, and station running costs divided by the average number of services per year, it costs in the region of £2,200 to launch a D class or Atlantic class lifeboat. The costs associated with the Coast Guards and having the Sea King helicopter in the air add several more thousands of pounds. Upside-down Date: Saturday 26 June  2010 Launch Time: 13.38 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper Clacton RNLI Lifeboat was called to the aid of a 12’ speedboat which had capsized ½ mile off the beach at Jaywick. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the two people from the speed boat had been rescued by three people in a dinghy. Fortunately the on shore breeze had swept the casualties closer to the shore. Having established that the casualties and the rescuers were all well the lifeboat crew escorted the dinghy back to the beach. The upturned speed boat was then recovered by the lifeboat and taken under tow to Jaywick beach and its waiting owners. The casualties who were not wearing lifejackets when they were picked out of the water said that their lifejackets had floated off when they were tossed into the sea. A spokesman for Thames Coastguard at Clacton reiterated the advice they frequently give that ‘not only should the correct safety equipment be available but that it is essential that all on board know how to use it correctly. In the case of life jackets they must be worn and secured in accordance with manufactures instructions’. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 14.00. Engine Failure Date: Saturday 26 June 2010 Launch Time: 14.43 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders The second launch of the day for Clacton RNLI Lifeboat came just over an hour after the first. A 19 foot ‘Waverunner’ speedboat was reported as being in distress ½ mile off Hutley Beach at St. Osyth. The call had been made by mobile phone to Thames Coastguard at Walton on the Naze. The casualty vessel was at anchor and had experienced engine failure. The child on board with three adults was suffering from sea sickness so was taken ashore together with one of the adults. The Lifeboat then returned to the casualty vessel to set up towing lines and put one of the volunteer lifeboat crew aboard. They then took the boat, against the fast ebbing tide, into Brightlingsea harbour where they were met by Thames Coastguard who provided sea safety advice. Bad News / Good News Date: Saturday 26 June 2010 Launch Time: Already at sea Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders   As the Clacton RNLI Lifeboat was returning to station after towing a casualty speed boat to Brightlingsea they were waved down by a 15’ rigid inflatable boat (RIB) a ¼ mile off Clacton Golf Course. The bad news was that the RIB’s steering cable had just broken. The very good news for the lone crew was the extremely timely arrival of the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. The RIB was taken under tow back to Martello Bay from where it had been launched. Lifeboat crew members then assisted the owner to recover his craft on to its trailer. It was the first time out for the RIB this year. The owner said that ‘literally just as I felt the steering go I looked up and saw the lifeboat. I am not sure whether it is my unlucky day because the boat broke or my lucky day that the lifeboat arrived. I had watched them launch earlier in the day but I did not think I was going to need their help’. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 17.05. Not Quite Up the Creek Date: Wednesday 16 June 2010 Launch Time: 17.58 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders Clacton’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched in response to a report of a canoe drifting out to sea into the mouth of the River Colne. The Atlantic 75 was away from the boathouse extremely quickly as crew members were already on station for their routine Wednesday evening training. Clacton Lifeboat arrived on scene off Sandy Point, St. Osyth, at the same time as the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham. Fortunately by this time the father of the two teenage boy canoeists had managed to reach them. He returned to the beach with one of the boys. The other had drifted up on to a sand bank from where he was able to paddle ashore. The Lifeboat remained in attendance to ensure his safe arrival at the beach where coastguards were waiting. Father and sons were fortunately none the worse for their ordeal. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station ready for service at 18.30 and back at sea again at 19.00 on exercise. This was the tenth launch for the Atlantic 75 on service in 2010 matching the Inshore Lifeboat tally for the year so far.   Nuts! Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 05.32 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh, Mark Sanders The Clacton on Sea RNLI Lifeboat was launched for a ‘medi-vac’ at 05.32. The casualty was a 21 year old male suffering from suspected anaphalatic shock as a consequence of a nut allergy. He was part of a group on board a charter fishing boat the ‘Kingfisher’. The Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, which was on scene within a few minutes of being paged, met the ‘Kingfisher’ ½ mile off Martello Bay. The casualty’s condition was assessed by the first aid trained volunteer lifeboat crew prior to him being transferred to the Lifeboat. He was then quickly brought ashore to the Hastings Avenue Lifeboat station where paramedics were waiting. The Atlantic 75 was back on station and ready for service at 05.55.   What a Drag Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 10.45 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Miles Hill Clacton RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched at 10.45 to go to the aid of a 4.5metre speed boat. The boat had broken down and put out an anchor, unfortunately the anchor was not holding and the boat was drifting with the flooding tide. The D class ILB took the casualty vessel under tow from a point some ¼ mile off Clacton’s Martello Bay boat slip from where it had set out.  The boat was recovered to the boat slip where the volunteer lifeboat crew assisted the owner in getting his craft onto its trailer. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 12.15 after the second shout of the day for Clacton RNLI   A Life Saved Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 15.37 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Miles Hill, Tye Crudgington Clacton’s RNLI Inshore Lifeboat responded to its second call of the day and the third for the station. Thames Coastguard had been notified regarding a person in difficulties in the sea in the vicinity of the Tower Caravan Park, Jaywick. A 35 year old male had been in the water for nearly an hour after his canoe sank. Some quick thinking people on the beach managed to get a small inflatable dinghy out to him, which was immeasurable valuable in keeping him afloat. The casualty was showing signs of hypothermia and was only semi conscious when the ILB crew recovered him into the lifeboat. The first aid trained crew gave immediate emergency treatment including providing oxygen which is standard equipment aboard the ILB. The casualty was quickly taken ashore where the crew continued lifesaving treatment until a paramedic arrived on scene. Because of the critical nature of this incident the Lifeboat crew requested the assistance of the RAF search and rescue Sea King helicopter from its base at Wattisham, Suffolk. The casualty was airlifted to Colchester Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. The Inshore Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 17.50. Congratulations to helmsman Trevor and his two crew Miles and Tye for a difficult service handled in an exemplary manner.   Swimmers in Difficulty Date: Saturday 5 June 2010 Launch Time: 13.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Tye Crudgington D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Alan Osborn   Both the Atlantic 75 and the D class Inshore Lifeboats were launched after four swimmers were reported to be in difficulty in the sea off West Beach in the region of Palace Breakwater. Three of the swimmers were able to return to the beach but the fourth still remained unaccounted for after several minutes. Fortunately the missing swimmer was rescued by members of Clacton’s Beach Patrol just as the Lifeboats arrived on scene. Crew members were put ashore to assist Essex Police, Thames Coastguard and members of the Beach Patrol clear an area around the casualty who was being given treatment by a rapid response paramedic. With the situation fully under control both Lifeboats returned to station and were back and ready for service at 14.15   Just In Case Date: Tuesday 1 June  2010 Launch Time: 07.50 D Class: Helm: Ray Lynaugh Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders Clacton Inshore D Class Lifeboat was launched at 07.50 at the request of Thames Coastguard to search the same area as the previous night after a pair of training shoes were found on West Beach. The search was undertaken both as a continuation of the missing person report of the night before and as a possible separate incident. The ILB searched for nearly two and a half hours before being stood down, nothing having been found. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 10.30, the end of a busy bank holiday weekend for the RNLI volunteers. Two station open days, 3 launches for the Atlantic 75 and 2 launches for the D class ILB Possible Missing Person Date: Monday 31 May  2010 Launch Time: 21.46 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Rick Burnell, James Hill, Richard Smith D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 21.41 and the Atlantic 75 requested to launch shortly afterwards to search for a possible missing person. Thames Coastguard had received a report that someone (male aged 40) had been seen entering the water to the west of Clacton pier. The informant then lost sight of the person. The informant was equipped with a VHF radio scanner and was monitoring the emergency services radio traffic. Both boats searched the area immediately around the pier. Another crew of 6 Clacton Lifeboat crew volunteers formed a shallow water search team. They undertook a sweep of the area from the beach out to sea 150 metres between ‘Palace’ breakwater and the pier. The lifeboats extended the search in the direction of the flooding tide down as far as Lion Point. The Coastguards, paramedics, police and Essex Police Air Support Unit together with both Clacton Lifeboats and the shallow water search crew were all stood down at 23.30 with nothing having been found. Both the Inshore Lifeboat and the Atlantic 75 were back on station and ready for service at 23.45.   Fish Safe Again ( see service of Saturday 15 May 2010) Date: Sunday 22 May 2010 Launch Time: 15.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Trevor Neal, Jonathan Strutt, Ray Lynaugh The Clacton Lifeboat was launched at 15.15 to go to the aid of a 17 foot fishing boat with two crew on board which had broken down’. The position given by the casualty was ‘off the shore left of the mouth of the River Colne’. Having located the fishing boat after a short search at 51° 47.001N 00°36.00E.(1/2 mile off East Mersea) the boat was towed into Point Clear. This was the first shout for new crew member Jonathan Strutt Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 16.30 No Danger to Fish Date: Saturday 15 May 2010 Launch Time: 14.55 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye (Senior Helmsman) Crew: James Hill, Ray Lynaugh Clacton Lifeboat was launched at 14.55 to go to the aid of a 16 foot fishing boat with a crew of two which had contacted Thames Coastguard because of engine failure. The boat had an auxiliary outboard engine which also failed to start. The casualty was eventually located after a short search approximately ½ mile SW of the Inner Bench Head buoy (51°45’.779N 001°01’335E), some distance from their reported position. The casualty vessel was taken under tow to Point Clear beach where the Thames Coastguard mobile unit from Clacton was waiting to receive them. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 15.35 A Spirit Too Far Clacton’s Atlantic 75 and Inshore Lifeboats were launched shortly after midnight on Sunday after the alarm had been raised by worried parents. A fifteen foot sailing boat named Spirit Two with a crew of 2 boys both aged 16 had failed to arrive on its mooring in Alresford Creek earlier in the evening. Both lifeboats carried out an extensive search of the River Colne. After the Inshore Lifeboat had managed to reach Rowhedge despite the rapidly falling tide and very little water being available, the missing Spirit Two was spotted high and dry against the jetty with both boys aboard. The ILB crew ensured that the boys, who had no means of communication, were safe and well before leaving  them to wait for the morning high tide. The Lifeboats were back on station and ready for service again at 2.30am. The Atlantic 75 was helmed by Adrian Rose with crew members Darren Simper and Mark Sanders. The ILB was helmed by Timothy Sutton and crewed by Ray Lynaugh and Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield.   Girl on rocks Clacton-on-Sea’s D class lifeboat launched at 12.15pm on Thursday 15th April after a report was received of a young girl stuck on one of the rock breakwaters at Martello Bay. As it was high tide the crew were able to get in close and lift the ten year old into the lifeboat. She was taken to the beach where her mother was waiting with the coastguard. The lifeboat was back on station at 12.45pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton, Darren Simper   Early Morning Call Clacton’s D class lifeboat launched at 1.30am on Tuesday 23rd March after coastguards received a call that a man was missing and had last been seen on the sea wall at Jaywick. As the exact position was not known the Atlantic 75 was asked to launch to enable the two boats to cover a larger area. The search was called off by the coastguard at 2.45am, nothing having been found. The boats were back on station at 3am. Atlantic 75 Crew: Eddie Vaughan-chatfield (helm), Tim Sutton, Bruce Hurton, Darren Simper D class Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Simon Wright   False Alarm Both boats were called shortly before 6.30pm on March 1st after emergency services received several calls that the town pier was on fire. The fire brigade, ambulance, air sea rescue helicopter and Walton and Frinton lifeboat were also alerted. It turned out that workmen were burning rubbish and that the bonfire was under control. The call-out was cancelled.   Engine Trouble The D class lifeboat launched at 5.20pm on March 2nd after coastguards received a call from a 17 foot day boat which had engine failure. The three people on board were returning to Brightlingsea and had reached Sandy Point in the Colne estuary. The lifeboat took them in tow to the town hard, and was back on station at 7pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh Fishing boat aground The Atlantic75 lifeboat launched at 4pm on 12th January after a fishing boat was reported “missing” somewhere in the area of the Buxey Sands. The crew found the 32 foot “XLT” just as it was getting dark in the Ray Sand Channel nine miles south-west of Clacton having run aground. The two crew on board had no means of communication and no flares. It was also found that no navigation equipment or charts were on the boat. The allweather lifeboat from Walton and Frinton pulled the vessel off the sands as the tide rose and towed her into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 8pm. Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Steve Oaks, Mark Sanders

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Cold Sea at Clacton Proves Beneficial D Class ILB: Helm: Ray Lynaugh Crew: Mark Sanders, Ryan Carvey The D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) from the RNLI’s Clacton station was called out at 2.27 pm on Monday 6th December in response to a report of a male adult who had stated the intention of jumping from the town’s pier. The foggy conditions prevailing at the time provided the RNLI volunteers with an added incentive, if any was needed, to the launch the lifeboat as quickly as possible in order to minimize the possibility of having to conduct a search. Fortunately the person in question decided to wade into the sea from the beach before he reached the pier. However it is thought that before he had gone in so far as to be in any appreciable depth of water the low sea temperature influenced his decision to return to shore where police officers were on scene to give assistance. The volunteer crew of the ILB, helmsman Ray Lynaugh crew members Mark Sanders and Ryan Carvey, returned to the Martello Bay station shortly before 3.00pm. The boat was refuelled and read for service again at 3.20pm. A spokesman for Thames Coastguard congratulated the Clacton RNLI volunteer team for the promptness of their response to the callout. The Crew members would like to pass on their thanks to the people of Clacton for the part they play in supporting the RNLI charity and also for their co-operation in responding to the ‘Lifeboat Emergency’ signs displayed in their cars by crew when they attend a ‘shout’ Powerless Fishermen Date: Sunday 5th December 2010 Launch Time: 16.12 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: James Hill, Trevor Neal Clacton’s RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched on Sunday 5th December at 16.12. The call was to go to the assistance of a 21foot fishing boat with two people on board and an engine which would not start. The location given was off Holland Haven. The casualty vessel was difficult to locate because the lack of battery power on the fishing boat meant that it was unable to display navigation lights. An added complication was that the stated position was rather vague because the fishermen were not able to give a GPS reading, again because of the lack of power their GPS equipment was not functional. The lifeboat, helmed by Stuart Hare, eventually located the vessel 1.5 miles off Holland Haven radar mast, this was achieved with the assistance of Coastguards from Clacton’s mobile unit who were able to communicate from on shore with the casualty by mobile telephone. Crewman James Hill was put aboard the angler’s boat to assist in setting up the tow line in readiness for a passage into Brightlingsea Harbour. In the very dark conditions the flawless navigation by RNLI volunteer Trevor Neal meant that best speed was maintained to arrive at Brightlingsea at 18.50. Advice to all small boat users is to always carry a set of emergency flares and a torch. Although in this case the fishing boat had both VHF radio and GPS there was no ‘plan B’ to compensate for a power failure. Clacton lifeboat the Robert George Alexander was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 18.55. Earlier in the day the Robert George Alexander had delivered Father Christmas to the Lifeboat Station and carried out routine training together with the D Class lifeboat Damarkand IV. No Spark Fishermen Date: Sunday 28 November 2010 Launch Time: 11.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Kevin Lockert Crew: James Hill, Bruce Hurten, Darren Simper The volunteer crews of both Clacton on Sea lifeboats were on their regular exercise on Sunday 28 November when the Atlantic 75 was tasked at 11.15 to go to the aid of a 21foot fishing boat. The 3 anglers were extremely pleased to see the RNLI’s charity funded lifeboat speeding towards them, but non more so than the hapless soul on board suffering from sea sickness. The casualty vessel was at anchor some 7.5 miles off Clacton close to the Barrow Deep when at the point of returning home they found that they could not start the engine. Having located an electrical fault which was repaired their troubles were not over as by this time the boat’s battery was flat, with freezing temperatures and intermittent snow adding to the fishermen’s discomfort. Without delay lifeboat helmsman Kevin Lockert put crew members James Hill and Bruce Hurten on board the casualty with their priority being to attend to the person with sea sickness. The Essex Police Marine Support Unit, which was operating in the area, offered their assistance but despite their good intentions they did not have the equipment required to provide battery power and recommenced their passage back to base. Helmsman Lockert then decided that the best solution to the plight of the fishing boat was to take it under tow. The lines were swiftly set up and the well rehearsed team work of the lifeboat crew clearly demonstrating the value of thorough training. A further example of team work was shown when a decision was taken for the RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat from West Mersea, which was also at sea on exercise, to rendezvous with the Clacton lifeboat and take over the tow to take the fishing boat back to its mooring at West Mersea. After a tow of 8 miles the two RNLI lifeboats met by the Knoll Buoy where the casualty vessel was handed over to the tender care of the West Mersea crew. Three very cold but grateful fishermen were extremely glad to be back home when at 14.30pm West Mersea lifeboat completed the tow. Clacton lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 13.50pm. Person in Distress Date: Sunday 14 November 2010 Launch Time: 03.10 D Class: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched on Sunday 14 November at 03.10 to assist in the search for a woman for whom the authorities were very concerned. The ILB crew was tasked to search close inshore from Lion Point westwards to Seawick. With nothing having been found the crew of the DamarkandIV  were stood down and recalled to station at 04.00. The ILB was refuelled and ready for service at 04.15 Person in Distress Date: Sat. 06 November 2010 Launch Time: 05.46 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Richard Smith, Darren Simper, James Hill D Class: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 05.46 in response to a call made to Essex police from a person in distress. The police believed the person to have been someone who had made previous calls of a similar nature and they were extremely concerned about the safety of the caller. The Atlantic 75 crew commenced a search from immediately in front of the lifeboat station to some ¼ mile out to sea and in the direction of the flood tide westwards as far as Seawick. Because of the low state of the tide the D Class was requested to launch at 06.00 to augment the search teams and sweep the area of shallow water close in to the shoreline. In the darkness the lifeboat crews used both the night vision sights and the powerful searchlights which are standard equipment on both of the Clacton lifeboats. After a meticulous search with nothing untoward being found the Atlantic 75 and the D Class lifeboats, together with the shore based search teams from Thames Coastguard’s Clacton based mobile unit and Essex police, were stood down at 06.50        Both lifeboats were back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 07.20 One ,Two Three,Go! Date: Sunday 10 October 2010 Launch Time: 15.46 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt It was a case of two ‘dry runs’ then a launch for the Clacton RNLI volunteer crew. On each of the previous two days the crew had been paged but stood down before the lifeboat was launched. On Sunday 10.10.10 the D Class was called out to assist a wind surfer who was in difficulties. The fresh easterly breeze and the choppy sea had got the better of the wind surfer who was attempting to return to Martello Bay from a trip towards Clacton Pier. His partner, who was on the shore watching, quickly realised that assistance was required and sensibly made a telephone call to Thames Coastguard. Fortunately just as the inshore lifeboat (ILB) reached the scene the casualty was able to get to the beach aided by the onshore wind. Crew member Darren Simper went ashore to establish that the casualty was uninjured and not in need of further assistance. The wind surfer was also helped by members of Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton who attended the incident. The casualty was effusive in his praise of the RNLI in general and the ILB crew in particular. The D Class lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.11. Search for a Naked Swimmer Date: Monday 27 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 14.35 Atlantic 75: Helm: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Crew: Tim Sutton, Mark Sanders Thames Coastguard paged the volunteers of Clacton RNLI lifeboat crew at 14.35 on Monday 27 September. The Coastguards had been alerted by Essex Police after they had received a 999 call from a lady walking alongside the River Colne. The informant stated that she had seen an elderly gentleman strip naked leaving his clothes on the bank and then enter the river between Arlesford and Wivenhoe. An extensive search was instigated involving Clacton Coastguard mobile unit and police officers as well as the Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat. The high state of the tide enabled lifeboat helmsman Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield to take the lifeboat as far up river as Hythe Quay, Colchester then back down stream as far as Arlesford. However when members of Clacton Coastguard Mobile Unit returned with the female informant to the spot where she saw the man enter the water the clothes had gone and there was no sign of the swimmer. Being satisfied that a thorough search had been carried out and that the gentleman had just had a ‘quick dip’ Thames Coastguard stood down the search teams at 15.36. The call has been classified as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and read for service at 16.10. Another Kite Surfer Date: Sunday 19 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 17.40 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal The Clacton on Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 17.40 on Sunday 19 September 2010.The pilot of a light aircraft had made a radio call to Thames coastguard reporting a swimmer in difficulty. On arriving on scene off Frinton golf course the lifeboat found that the ‘swimmer’ was in fact a kite surfer who had been unable to get his kite to lift off and had swum back to the beach with his kite but minus his surf board. The Atlantic 75 crew quickly located the missing board and reunited it with its grateful owner. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.35. Out of Control Date:  Sunday 19 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 12.45 Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Richard Smith Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt The inshore lifeboat (ILB) from the Clacton on Sea RNLI station was launched at 12.45 on Sunday 19 September 2010. The Clacton volunteers had just finished refuelling and washing down the Atlantic 75 lifeboat after routine training when they spotted a kite surfer in difficulties 300m off shore in Martello Bay. The ILB was ‘self launched’, just before being requested by Thames Coastguard, to the surfer who was being dragged eastwards towards Clacton pier by the kite which he was unable to collapse. The ILB helmsman Richard Smith immediately took the ILB to the surfer in the water, having confirmed that he was uninjured and happy to stay in the sea; Richard manoeuvred the ILB to take the kite on board the lifeboat and reel in the attached lines. This then made the recovery of the surfer into the ILB more straight forward. The 41 year old male casualty was taken back to the Martello Bay lifeboat station where he was given first aid treatment to some minor cuts to his hands. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 13.15. Motor Not Cruising Date: Thursday 16  Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 16.59 Atlantic 75: Helm: Adrian rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper, Mark Sanders Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called out on Thursday 16 September at 16.00 to go to the assistance of a 30' motor boat which had broken down near the Whitaker Spit. The classic motor cruiser was on passage returning home from a vintage boat rally at St. Catherine’s Dock in London. RNLI volunteers Trevor Neal and Darren Simper went on board the ‘Aloma’ to check that the two persons on board were uninjured then Clacton lifeboat crew’s resident mechanic Darren diagnosed the vessel as having a fuel flow blockage. Unfortunately despite Darren’s best efforts the engine would not start as the battery was also flat. According to one of the crew of the ‘Aloma’ the boat had at one time been owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Walton and Frinton’s all- weather lifeboat which had also been requested to launch arrived on scene to take the ‘Aloma’ under tow to Brightlingsea. Clacton lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.30. Faulty End to the Day Date: Friday 10 Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 15.07 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ryan Carvey, Richard Smith The volunteers of Clacton RNLI lifeboat station were not allowed much rest on Friday 10 September. Having already been called out at 03.13 they were paged again at 15.07. This time the Atlantic 75 was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard to go to the aid of a broken motor boat. The casualty vessel was a 20' fishing boat at anchor off Brightlingsea Creek in the River Colne. The two persons on board had been fishing since 9.00a.m without too much success. Their luck did not get much better when upon deciding to call it a day the engine of the boat would not start. It was thought that an electrical fault was the source of the non functioning motor. The Clacton lifeboat was quickly on scene and a crew member transferred to the  casualty. Having established that the two unlucky fishermen were unharmed a tow line was passed from the lifeboat. The boat was then towed the short distance back to its point of departure at Point Clear. Members of Thames Coastguard mobile unit from Clacton were waiting ashore to give assistance getting the recalcitrant vessel onto its trailer. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 16.25. This service brought the total launches for the two Clacton lifeboats to 10 in six days. Including routine training the Atlantic 75 lifeboat and the Inshore D Class lifeboat had been launched 5 times each since the previous Sunday. Another Search Date: Friday 10  Sept. 2010 Launch Time: 03.13 Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI volunteers at Clacton had another early call on Friday 10 September 2010 when Clacton Police for the second time this week requested the assistance of the lifeboat. The D Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) was tasked to carry out a search along the waterline from Lion Point Jaywick to a position approximately 1 mile to the west. The search was instigated after the person being sought had made a call to NHS Direct which raised anxiety that they may have entered the sea from Jaywick beach. Although the ILB crew spotted an item of clothing on the beach the relevance of this was quickly discounted as it had previously been seen by police officers. The beach having been thoroughly searched by police together with the Clacton based Coastguard mobile unit and the inshore area covered by the RNLI D Class lifeboat, all units were stood down at 3.55a.m. Clacton inshore lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 4.15a.m Twice in three days Clacton auxiliary coastguards and RNLI volunteers have returned home shortly before dawn to catch a couple of hours sleep before going to work. Clothes Left on the Beach Date: Wed. 8 September 2010 Launch Time: 02.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart hare Crew: Rick Burnell, Mark Sanders, Ray Lynaugh Inshore Lifeboat: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Joff Strutt Clacton Police asked for the Clacton RNLI Lifeboats to be paged at 2.45a.m on Wednesday 8th September 2010 to assist in the search for a missing person. The person had made a telephone call to the police giving their position as being on Jaywick beach. Upon reaching the location the police found a pile of clothes but no person and therefore initiated a search. The Atlantic 75 and the D Class Inshore lifeboats were initially involved in the area immediately off the beach at Jaywick before the search area was extended ½ mile out to sea and eastwards to Clacton Pier. In order to intensify efforts yet further the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was called upon to add its ‘heat seeking’ and ‘night vision’ capability to the search. Police and coastguards were also engaged in a shoreline search for a full saturation of assets in the area. With nothing found all services were stood down at 4.40a.m. The Clacton lifeboats were back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 5.05 a.m. The RNLI volunteers were, however, not yet finished. At 8.17a.m. They were paged again at 8.17a.m. in order to resume the search, as the Police were still concerned as to the whereabouts and safety of the still missing person. The Atlantic 75 and the D class again carried out a meticulous search from Jaywick up to Clacton Pier. The ILB was called upon to investigate an object seen off shore in Martello Bay by a local seafront resident who came into the Lifeboat House to report his sighting. Even though the object turned out to be a marker buoy Clacton RNLI volunteers are grateful for the assistance of the public in these situations. The lifeboats were stood down at 10.25 as the Essex Police helicopter carried out a final search assisted by the Police Marine Unit RIB (rigid inflatable boat). The Atlantic 75 and the ILB were back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 10.50 a.m. The RNLI volunteer tractor drivers, shore helpers and crew members retired to the local Beach Diner for a well earned ‘big breakfast’. Thanks Andy and Julie! Lifeboat Rescues Sea Pigeon’s Baby Date: Sunday 29 August 2010 Launch Time: 17.35 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Mark Sanders, Darren Simper The Atlantic 75 lifeboat from the Clacton RNLI station was launched at 17.35 p.m. on Sunday 29 August to search for a drifting dinghy at the request of Thames Coastguard. The dinghy had been reported by a member of the public drifting ½ mile off shore in the mouth of the River Colne, between Point Clear and East Mersea. With no one being able to be seen on board the dinghy the worst case scenario of its crew having gone overboard was assumed. Clacton lifeboat very quickly located the 12' inflatable dinghy and pulled it up onto the Atlantic 75 not far from its reported position. It transpired that the dinghy was the tender to the 20' yacht ‘Sea Pigeon’ and had drifted away from the yacht as the painter line had chaffed through. ‘Sea Pigeon’ was, in fact, not having a good day. Having fouled its propeller with its anchor cable it was being assisted by the crew of the Brightlingsea Harbour Master’s launch ‘Dracula’ and was therefore unable to chase the breakaway tender. Clacton lifeboat followed ‘Sea Pigeon’, being towed by ‘Dracula’, into Brightlingsea harbour where the crew reunited ‘Sea Pigeon’ with her runaway baby. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 19.25.p.m Head Injury Medi-Vac Date: Saturday 28 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.03 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal, Tim Sutton Clacton RNLI Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 2.52 p.m. on Saturday 28 August 2010 in response to a ‘pan pan’ radio call made to Thames Coastguard by the skipper of a 37' yacht. The 47 year old female crew of the yacht had been struck on the head by the boat’s boom and was reported to be conscious but bleeding from a head wound. Clacton lifeboat with its volunteer crew was launched in less than seven minutes from being paged and made best speed to rendezvous with the casualty vessel, which had made its way through the Wallet Spitway, to the Knoll buoy. As a result of excellent communications between the casualty vessel, Thames Coastguard and the lifeboat the yacht was located without delay. Lifeboat crew members Ray Lynaugh and Trevor Neal went aboard the yacht and quickly put their extensive RNLI first aid training to use. Having evaluated the casualty and given her immediate treatment, which included administering oxygen, she was transferred to the lifeboat for a gentle 3 mile evacuation back to the lifeboat station. The casualty remained conscious and in good spirits during the passage joking that she ‘had not expected to share a boat with four strange men!’. Upon reaching Martello Bay the lifeboat moved into shallow water where more members of the crew and coastguards were waiting to lift the casualty off the lifeboat on to the beach and transfer her to the ambulance. She was then taken to Colchester Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. The yacht made an independent passage back to the Suffolk Yacht Marina in the River Orwell. The Atlantic 75 lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 12.37. Tractor Rescues Harrier Jump Jet Date: Wednesday 25 August 2010 Launch Time: 21.35 Talus MB -4H Tractor: Driver: Alan Thompson Crew: Dennis Hoad At 9.35 p.m. on Wednesday 25 August the Clacton RNLI launching tractor was called upon to go to the assistance of a Harrier Jump Jet simulator. The simulator, an attraction for the Clacton Air Show, had become stuck in the extremely soft grass of the greensward a short distance from the lifeboat station. The lifeboat, having just returned from an exercise and a service was being washed down and waiting to be refuelled when the call came in for the tractor. The extraordinary decision to allow the tractor to attend this shout was taken in support of the Air Show and because the lifeboat was at the time not ready for service. The Talus MB4-H tractor made exclusively for the RNLI have the capability of entering the sea to launch the Atlantic class lifeboats and are an amazing piece of equipment. Tractor driver Alan Thompson said ‘the articulated truck unit for the simulator was no challenge for the tractor so it only took minutes to pull it back on to firm ground. The tractor was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 21.41. The donation made to the RNLI in recognition of this service has been gratefully received. Let There Be Light Date: Wednesday 25 August Launch Time: 20.14 Atlantic 75: Helm: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal, Richard Weeks (ADI)                                        Both Clacton RNLI lifeboats were at sea on exercise, with their crews being assessed by RNLI Deputy Divisional Inspector Richard Weeks, when the Atlantic 75 was diverted to assist Burnham Lifeboat. Thames Coastguard had received a call from the 19' yacht ‘Caspian’ with 2 persons on board that they were aground on the Maplin Sands. Burnham lifeboat was launched to go to the assistance of the yacht but with the poor visibility in the heavy rain falling at the time the casualty was not immediately located. Shortly after the Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat, which joined the search, the casualty fired two distress flares. Within minutes both boats arrived on scene to the north of the NE Maplin Buoy. Clacton lifeboat stood by and provided additional illumination while a Burnham crew member was put aboard ‘Caspian’ to set up a tow line. Assured that everything was under control Clacton lifeboat returned to station leaving the Burnham crew a long tow back to Burnham. Clacton lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 21.50 DDI Weeks said that ‘ the rescue had been an excellent example of the coordination of RNLI lifeboats and how well crews from different stations work together’ Minor Error Puts Yacht Aground Date: Tuesday 17 August 2010 LaunchTime: 02.24 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ryan Carvey, James Hill   The Atlantic 75 lifeboat from the RNLI’s Clacton station was paged at 02.24 on Tuesday Morning (17.08.10) at the request of Thames Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 35' yacht which had run aground on the East Barrow sand bank some 8 miles off Clacton. The yacht with two persons on board was on passage to its home port of Rochester when a small error of navigation put the vessel onto the East Barrow sands. Having swiftly gone to the position given by the casualty the crew did not find the yacht. A search of the vicinity was started with the lifeboat being assisted by the dredger Arco Haven whose master had offered his help via Thames CG. The casualty, which by this time had floated off the sands with the rising tide, was soon picked out by the Arco Haven’s extremely powerful search light some ½ mile from the originally stated position. Volunteer lifeboat crew member Ryan Carvey was transferred to the yacht to assess any injuries to those on board and any damage to the yacht. Fortunately there were no injuries but the yacht had sustained damage to its steering gear. The Clacton lifeboat then escorted the vessel to deeper water by the Barrow number 7 buoy. By this time the Walton and Frinton all-weather lifeboat, which due to the size and location of the casualty had also been tasked, arrived on scene. Because of the damaged steering the skipper of the yacht accepted the offer from the Walton lifeboat Coxswain for a tow into Brightlingsea. Clacton lifeboat took a Walton crew member across to the casualty to set up the tow line, recovered crewman Carvey and returned to station. On arriving back to the Martello Bay boathouse Ryan Carvey praised the level of equipment on board the yacht and described the running aground as an honest minor mistake. He went on to say that if ‘you have to go out at 2.30 in the morning the crew of the casualty could not be nicer people to meet!’ Clacton Lifeboat was back on station refuelled and ready for service at 05.05   Wind Surfers Find Conditions Too Much Date: Sunday 15 August 2010 Launch Time: 17.36 D Class ILB: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Ray Lynaugh, James Hill The RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) from Clacton was called to a second incident of the day at 17.36 on Sunday 15 August. The location was again the nearby Martello Bay. Two female wind surfers had been caught out by the increase in wind speed and had been blown on to the seaward end of the fishtail breakwater. The two casualties were rescued from the rocks by the RNLI volunteers within minutes of the alarm being raised. The ILB crew checked that the two young ladies were uninjured and then promptly returned them to the beach. It was then a case of searching for the two wind surf rigs. Even though the sea by this time had become even rougher the boards and sails were quite quickly located, recovered and returned to the beach. Because of the confused nature of the waves breaking on the beach in front of the lifeboat station the ILB helmsman Mark Davey opted to run the boat up onto the beach rather than recover on to the boat trailer in the normal manner. Clacton ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.15 Runaway Kite-board Date: Sunday 15 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.30 D Class ILB: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders The D class inshore lifeboat from the RNLI’s Clacton station was tasked, while at sea on exercise, at 11.30 on Sunday 15 August to search for the board lost by a kite- surfer. The mobile unit from Thames Coastguard sector base at Clacton had been alerted to a kite-surfer in difficulties in Martello Bay. The casualty had lost control in the blustery wind and had become entangled in a buoy. He was reached by members of Tendring District Council’s Beach Patrol in their small rigid inflatable boat who were in the area. They were able to take the casualty and his kite ashore but were unable to locate his board. The runaway board was considered by the Coastguards to be a ‘hazard to navigation’ and could also be the potential cause of another alert if found drifting at some later time; hence the request for the RNLI inshore lifeboat to undertake a search. The lifeboat crew using their knowledge of the local area and making calculations based on the wind and tide conditions located the board after a 10 minute search. The board was returned to the beach and reunited with its grateful owner. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 12.00   Not Where They Thought They Were Date: Friday 06 August 2010 Launch Time: 11.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Mark Sanders, Joff Strutt, Simon Wright   The Clacton RNLI station’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called out on Friday 6 August at 11.45. Thames Coastguard had been alerted by mobile telephone by the crew of a 23' motor pleasure boat that their craft had broken down and was at anchor. The position given was imprecise as the boat was not equipped with any navigational aids, it had no radio with which a radio direction finding fix could be obtained and the crew did not know where they were. The landmarks described as being visible by the informant aboard the casualty indicated that the vessel was somewhere in the vicinity of the Knoll buoy and the Gunfleet Wind Farm. Clacton lifeboat began a search of the defined area and was joined by the helicopter of the Essex Police Air Support Unit which was operating in the vicinity. However despite the combined efforts of these resources nothing was found. The search area was then switched by Thames Coastguard to an area to the north west of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm and Clacton Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. The casualty was eventually located near Blacktail Spit off Southend (some 15 nautical miles away from the position originally given) by the crew of Southend’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat which had been launched to extend the search. The casualty was towed by Southend lifeboat into Leigh on Sea arriving at approximately 15.00. Members of Thames Coastguard’s mobile unit based at Southend were on hand to provide sea safety advice to those aboard the casualty boat. Clacton lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 12.46.   Capsized Laser Date: Saturday 31 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.54 Atlantic 75: Helm: Kevin Lockert Crew: Mark Sanders, Rick Burnell   Clacton RNLI volunteers were called out at 15.54 on Saturday 31 July 2010 to help the crew of dinghy which had capsized off Frinton on Sea. The two crew of the small Laser class dinghy had capsized their craft and were experiencing some difficulty in getting the boat upright again in the strengthening winds and increasing waves. However, by the time the Clacton Atlantic 75 Lifeboat arrived the casualty boat was back on an even keel but not totally under control. The Lifeboat escorted the Laser into Frinton beach where crew member Rick Burnell waded ashore to ensure that the casualties were uninjured and to assist them recover their boat to its trailer. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.05. Kite Returned to Owner Date: 28 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.40 (at sea) D Class: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders   Whilst returning back to station from a service at Holland Haven, Clacton on Sea’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was tasked by Thames Coastguard to attend a kite surfer in difficulties in Martello Bay. A shift in the direction of the wind had presented the 14 year old novice kite surfer with conditions a little beyond his capabilities. Even though the ILB reached the scene very quickly the casualty had managed to reach the shore but without his kite which was rapidly heading out to sea. The ILB crew recovered the kite and returned it to the Lifeboat station where it was reunited with its very relieved young owner, Mark, who had imagined the loss of his investment. Mark expressed his gratitude and admiration for the work of the RNLI volunteer crew. He is pictured in the Clacton Boathouse untangling the lines of his salvaged kite. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 16.05 Man On the Rocks Date: Wednesday 28 July 2010 Launch Time: 15.15 D Class: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders   The RNLI Clacton on Sea Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 15.15 on Wednesday 28 July to go to the assistance of an elderly gentleman stuck on the rock breakwater at Holland Haven. The 78 year old had been swimming when overcome by fatigue he sought refuge on the rocks. The proprietor of the beach café saw that he was in difficulties and called Thames Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of the ILB. On arriving at Holland Haven the crew found the casualty rather unsteady but otherwise in good shape. They assisted him ashore and with the aid of a hot cup of tea, kindly provided by Pat from the café, he was soon fully recovered. The ILB crew assured that the casualty was safe to be left returned to station.   Kite Surfers Not in Trouble Date: Monday 26 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.13 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Tye Crudgington, Mark Sanders   The Clacton RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard at 17.13 on Monday 26 July. The Coastguards had been alerted by the crew of the yacht ‘Misbehaving’ to kite surfers in difficulty. The ILB having used all its 25 knots quickly arrived on scene at Holland Haven only to find everything under control. The ‘casualties’ were actually kite surfers under instruction, practicing ‘self recovery’ procedures. However to an observer their manoeuvers were easily mistaken for a real emergency. The call was therefore classified by Thames Coastguard as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. The crew of the ‘Misbehaving’ was thanked by the Coastguards for their vigilance and for their time ‘staying in attendance’. Having assured themselves that the situation was all under control and had an explanation of what the kite surfers were doing the ILB crew made their way back to station. Upon passing Clacton the crew observed some young males who appeared to be preparing to jump into the sea from the pier. Helmsman Trevor Neal took the ILB close to the pier to be in a position to give the youths some friendly advice! Obviously there are still those not aware of the dangers of ‘toombstoning’ despite the high profile RNLI campaign and warnings in the local press. The ILB was back on station, refuelled and ready for service at 18.05       ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea’ Date: Sunday 25 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.50 D Class ILB: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Bruce Hurten, James Hill    The volunteer crew of Clacton’s RNLI Lifeboat station was at hand to respond immediately to a cry for help on Sunday 25 July 2010. Already assembled and preparing for a routine Sunday evening training exercise they dispatched the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to the River Colne. The information from Thames Coast Guard was that a small dinghy was stranded on the mud with two people on board. The ILB crew arrived on scene at the entrance to Arlesford Creek, close to the number 21 buoy, to find a small inflatable plastic boat aground with two rather sleepy young men as its occupants. On recovering the hapless casualties the crew was given an explanation of the circumstances of how these intrepid sailors had become castaways. The two twenty year olds explained how thier passage had begun in Castle Park, Colchester, some 5 kilometers from where they were found. They had ‘set sail’ in the inflatable dingy, value £16.99, in the river where it flows by the park and then within a short space of time they both fell asleep. The ebbing tide must have taken them through Colchester, carrying them on past The Hythe, Rowhedge, Wivenhoe and somehow negotiating the Colne Barrier before depositing them on the Mud at Arlesford Creek where it seems they woke up! Even had they been awake, without oars or paddles, they had no effective means of propulsion and without lifejackets entering the water to swim ashore would not have been a wise course of action. Clacton ILB landed the casualties at Brightlingsea where they were given some safety advice by members of Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton who then very kindly took the somnolent navigators home by road. Clacton ILB then joined the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat in the planned training exercise.   Not Such a Good Buy Date: Saturday 24 July 2010 Launch Time: 13.00 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Adrian Rose, Trevor Neal   Clacton RNLI Volunteers launched the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat at 13.00 on Saturday to rush to the aid of a sinking speedboat. The recently purchased 14' craft with 5 adults and a baby on board was filling with water at an alarming rate. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene, some 200m west of Clacton Pier, the Beach Patrol boat had already taken the baby plus two adults ashore. However the salvage pump and pulling power of the RNLI boat were utilized without delay. Crew member Trevor Neal boarded the casualty vessel and after checking that all on board were unharmed started pumping operations, whilst helmsman Mark Davey and crew Adrian Rose set up the tow line. Helmsman Davey took the decision to return the casualty to Point Clear from where they had set out. The weather, tide conditions and hull shape of the casualty allowed the tow to proceed at a steady rate of knots which meant that the River Colne was reached in the minimum time. The speedboat was put ashore at Point Clear where members of the Thames Coastguard Mobile Unit from Clacton were waiting to receive it. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 14.37.   Demo Turns Into a Shout Date: Wednesday 21 July  2010                             Launch Time: 14.20 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Simon Wright, Tye Crudgington. The Clacton RNLI Lifeboat Station was the venue for a day long presentation to 17 supporters of the Institution on Wednesday 21 July. The event was organised jointly by RNLI staff from national headquarters in Poole and the Eastern Region office in Hadleigh. A highlight of the day was to be a demonstration launch of the stations Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. At the very moment this demonstration started the crew was made aware that an ‘incident’ had developed on the beach close to the town’s pier. The visitors unaware that anything untoward was occurring were rather surprised to see the lifeboat launch and then disappear into the distance. As the Lifeboat was being pushed out to sea by the tractor a request was received for it to proceed to Palace beach to go to the assistance of a 17 year old male in distress on the shoreline. On arriving on scene Helmsman Tim Sutton was asked to send the Lifeboat’s oxygen to the beach. Crew member Simon Wright left the boat and waded ashore with the oxygen. The casualty had signaled that he was in difficulty and was attended by members of the Beach Patrol. When Crewman Wright arrived he assessed the casualty as having some kind of seizure. He immediately deployed the oxygen equipment from the Lifeboat and used the casualty pouch to keep the casualty from contact with the wet sand. He stayed with the casualty who he described as ‘not very responsive, drifting in and out of consciousness and starting to get very cold’ until the rapid response paramedic arrived. Fortunately his girlfriend was at the scene and was able to supply a medical history for the Youngman. The casualty was taken by ambulance to Colchester Accident and Emergency Department where he was expected to make a full recovery. Clacton Lifeboat returned to Martello Bay to resume the public relations demonstration and was back on station and ready for service at 14.45.   Pier Race Competitor Capitulates Date: Sunday 18 July 2010                                      Launch Time: 15.05 (at sea) Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Danny Thatcher, James Hill D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Tye Crudgington, Steve Oakes   On Sunday 18 July 2010 both the Atlantic 75 and the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) from Clacton’s RNLI station were providing additional safety support to Clacton’s annual ‘Round the Pier Race. Soon after the start of the race it was not just the competitors who were in action. One of the racers was seen by the crew of the ILB to raise her hand to indicate she required assistance. ILB helmsman Trevor Neal very carefully negotiated a course through the other swimmers to get to her. Crew Tye Crudgington and Steve Oakes took the lady on to the ILB without delay. After an immediate assessment of the casualty it was decided to transfer her to the Atlantic 75 and a rapid evacuation to the beach. The volunteer crew of the Atlantic 75; James Hill, Danny Thatcher and Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, all trained by the RNLI as first aiders carried the exhausted swimmer to the beach. While both boats resumed their safety cover duties crew member Vaughan-Chatfield remained with the casualty administering first aid which included provision of oxygen for a period of 20 minutes until the arrival of paramedics. (Oxygen equipment is standard on all classes of RNLI Lifeboats). Both the Clacton Lifeboats remained on duty with the race until its conclusion. They returned to station and were ready for service at 16.10.   Swimmer in Distress Date:  Saturday 17 July 2010                                      Launch Time: 18.34 D Class: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper The RNLI Clacton Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 18.34 on Saturday 17 July 2010 to go to the assistance of a swimmer in distress in the sea off Jaywick beach. When the volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene they found two men on the end of the rock breakwater. The casualty, a local man in his late twenties, had become tired whilst swimming but had managed to reach the semi submerged marker post at the seaward end of the breakwater. After some ten minutes of clinging on he could no longer maintain his grip and let go of the post. By this stage he was in very real perilous situation. At this point a 32 year old male on the beach observed the plight of the casualty. He swum out and managed to get both the casualty and himself onto the rocks of the breakwater. Meanwhile a young lady who witnessed the unfolding drama put in a 999 call to Thames Coastguard. The ILB crew took both the exhausted casualty and his rescuer, both apparently none the worse for their ordeal, on board and swiftly returned them to the beach where Coastguards from Clacton were waiting. The D Class Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 19.02.   Dog Tired Date:  Sunday 12 July 2010                                               Launch Time: 08.47 D Class ILB: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Mark Sanders, James Hill   The IB1 D Class Lifeboat ‘Damarkand IV’ from Clacton RNLI Station was requested to launch by Thames Coastguard at 08.47 on Monday 12 July to go to the aid of a dog. The animal was reported as being stuck on the rocks at Holland Haven. Upon arrival on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew found the 102lb American Bulldog on the rocks together with its owner. ‘Timothy’ the dog, had become weary of swimming and climbed up onto the rock breakwater from where he was refusing to move! Helmsman Trevor Neal manoeuvered the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) nose first up to the rocks so that crew member Mark Sanders could bravely leave the safety of the  oat to face the very large dog and its owner, size not recorded, and help them into the ILB. A very grateful bulldog and owner were then returned to the beach. The D Class Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 09.50.   Upside down Jet Ski Date:  Sunday 11 July 2010                                               Launch Time: 13.15 D Class: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Miles Hill, Tye Crudgington The ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) was launched in super quick time as crew were already at the Clacton RNLI station due to the launch some twenty minutes earlier of the Atlantic 75. The ILB was requested by Thames Coastguard to assist the Clacton Beach Patrol RIB (rigid inflatable boat) which was experiencing difficulty towing a jet ski which had broken down. The jet ski kept turning over whilst the Beach Patrol RIB was towing. The tow was transferred to the ILB together with its riders and the craft taken back to Hutley’s Beach St. Osyth. Crew member Miles Hill advised the two riders of the jet ski as to appropriate safety equipment to carry with them. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 14.45   Multi Tasking Date:  Sunday 11 July                                                Launch Time: 12.52 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Trevor Neal, Joff Strutt, The RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat from the Clacton on Sea station was launched at 12.52 on Sunday 11 July to attend two craft that had run aground off Brightlingsea. Fortunately neither the speed boat nor the fishing boat needed the assistance of the Lifeboat. One refloated and was able to continue under its own power. The other was pulled into deeper water by the Brighlingsea harbour launch ‘Dracular’ which then towed the casualty into Brightlingsea. On the way back to station the ‘Robert George Alexander’ was tasked by Thames Coastguard to return to the River Colne to go to a speed boat with engine failure close to the Number17 buoy. Crew member Ray Lynaugh was put aboard the speed boat to assist in setting up a tow line. Ray said ‘he was impressed by the full inventory of safety equipment on the casualty and that he appreciated the unseasonal hot cross bun given to him’. The boat with no name was towed to the hammer head pontoon at Brightlingsea. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 14.30   Possible Missing Swimmer Search Date:  Friday 09 July                                                 Launch Time: 19.33 Atlantic 75: Helm: Adrian Rose Crew: Eddie Vaughan- Chatfield, Darren Simper D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders  Shallow Water Search Team: Tye Crudgington, Gary Hannigan, Steve Oakes, Alan Osborn, Alan Thompson, Dan Thompson, Simon Wright. The Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, the D Class Inshore Lifeboat and a shallow water search team from Clacton’s RNLI station were deployed on Friday July 9 to conduct a search for a swimmer reported missing off West Beach, Clacton. The RNLI volunteers joined members of Thames Coastguard’s mobile unit, helicopters from Essex Police Air Support Unit and RAF Wattisham in a thorough search of the sea from the pier up to Jaywick beach and a 1/2 mile out to sea. The search continued until 20.50 when, nothing having been found, Thames Coastguard called an end to the operation. A spokesperson for Thames Coastguard confirmed that the report from the informant had been classified as a ‘false alarm with good intent’. The Clacton Lifeboats and shallow water search team were back on station and ready for service at 21.05. The crew were paged at 02.35 on Saturday 10 July to assist a person in the sea near Clacton pier but were stood down at 02.36 as the person had returned to the beach.   No Magic from ‘Bloo Wizard’ Date: Thursday 08 July 2010                                   Launch Time: 21.16 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Ray Lynaugh, Ryan Carvey   The RNLI’s Clacton Lifeboat was launched to the sixth speed boat related incident of 2010 on Thursday 8th July at 21.16. The 20 foot speed boat ‘Bloo Wizard’ had contacted Thames Coastguard by mobile phone to say that they had broken down and were at anchor in the River Colne estuary. The casualty had in fact dragged its anchor and was located by the Lifeboat further up the river. It was fortunate that in the failing light of dusk the boat was found before darkness fell as it had no navigation lights and there was no torch or flares aboard. The boat which had only recently been purchased off ‘ebay’ was on its maiden voyage with the new owner had suffered failure of the engine water cooling pump. Volunteer lifeboat crew were put on to ‘Bloo Wizard’ to fix a tow line so that it could be taken under tow into Point Clear. On arrival because of the very soft sand the crew of the Lifeboat had to team up with the Coastguard mobile team from Clacton to pull the speedboat onto the slipway by means of the winch on the Coastguard 4x4 vehicle. A Thames Coastguard spokesperson said ‘ because of our concern regarding the lack of basic emergency equipment on the speed boat we gave the owner advice about measures to be taken and the safety equipment required’. Clacton’s Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 22.40   Waiting for the Tide Date: Sunday 04 July 2010 Launch Time: 11.45 Atlantic 75: Helm: Stuart Hare Crew: Bruce Hurton, Trevor Neal Clacton’s RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was diverted from its Sunday morning training to go to the assistance of a 40 foot sloop which had run aground 8 cables (0.8 miles) north east of the Ridge buoy. The sailing vessel ‘Francipam’, with three crew on board, had strayed just outside the Whitaker Channel at low tide. Although in no immediate danger the sloop’s skipper decided to make a non emergency radio call to Thames Coast Guard who requested that Clacton Lifeboat’s volunteer crew attend to assess the situation. After an initial attempt to pull the ‘Francipam’ off the sand bank was made helmsman Stuart Hare decided to wait for the flooding tide to float the sloop. Clacton Lifeboat remained in attendance until 11.45 when the casualty refloated and was able to recommence its passage from Brightlingsea to Burnham on Crouch. The skipper of ‘Francipam’ is a regular subscriber to the RNLI and made the comment that ‘it is worth every penny to know that the RNLI are there’ he also expressed his extreme gratitude to the crew of the Clacton Lifeboat. The Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 13.15   That Sinking Feeling Date: Sunday 04 July 2010 Launch Time: 17.07 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye Crew: Darren Simper, Trevor Neal Clacton RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was launched for the second occasion on Sunday 4th July in response to a call for help from a sinking speed boat. The crew of the boat had used a mobile telephone to contact Thames Coast Guard to alert them to their situation and location. The information available was somewhat imprecise but the Lifeboat was able to find the casualty a short distance off Hutley’s Beach, St Osyth. The speed boat initially had three people onboard but one had swum ashore by the time the Lifeboat arrived on scene. The boat was rapidly taking on water from a leaking gland and was in real danger of sinking. Crew member Trevor Neal was transferred to the casualty vessel together with the Lifeboat’s salvage pump. The pump was able to control the ingress of water sufficiently for the speed boat to proceed under its own power to Brightlingsea escorted by Clacton Lifeboat where it was safely recovered. The Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 18.25 Malicious Call Date: 2010 Launch Time: 14.43 Atlantic 75: Helm: M Davey Crew: M Sanders, M Hill D Class: Helm: T Dye Crew: T. Neal, D Simper Both of Clacton’s RNLI Lifeboats were called out at 14.43 on Tuesday 29 June as a result of a report to a Tendring District Council Seafront Warden that ‘a girl was drowning’. The search for the possible missing swimmer was initially concentrated in the area of the Martello Bay fishtail groyne. The lifeboats were assisted by the search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RAF Wattisham and the Clacton Beach Patrol RIB (rigid inflatable boat). After some 1 ¼ hours with the search box having been extended to half a mile off shore and down wind and in the direction of the ebbing tide to the east of Clacton pier with nothing having been found Thames Coastguard called an end to the operation at 15.40. The informant left the scene immediately after giving his report to the Seafront Warden. The call was classified by Thames Coastguard as being ‘malicious’. Alan Osborn, spokesman for Clacton RNLI, said: “Although volunteer lifeboat crews are ready and willing to attend real emergencies, valuable resources are wasted and may be taken from real life-threatening emergencies if people make malicious calls. The RNLI is a charity and malicious calls also waste the money that the public have generously donated for the saving of lives." He went on to congratulate the Seafront Warden for her prompt response to the information she was given. Based on annual average cost of training crew, maintaining lifeboats, and station running costs divided by the average number of services per year, it costs in the region of £2,200 to launch a D class or Atlantic class lifeboat. The costs associated with the Coast Guards and having the Sea King helicopter in the air add several more thousands of pounds. Upside-down Date: Saturday 26 June  2010 Launch Time: 13.38 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Trevor Neal, Darren Simper Clacton RNLI Lifeboat was called to the aid of a 12’ speedboat which had capsized ½ mile off the beach at Jaywick. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the two people from the speed boat had been rescued by three people in a dinghy. Fortunately the on shore breeze had swept the casualties closer to the shore. Having established that the casualties and the rescuers were all well the lifeboat crew escorted the dinghy back to the beach. The upturned speed boat was then recovered by the lifeboat and taken under tow to Jaywick beach and its waiting owners. The casualties who were not wearing lifejackets when they were picked out of the water said that their lifejackets had floated off when they were tossed into the sea. A spokesman for Thames Coastguard at Clacton reiterated the advice they frequently give that ‘not only should the correct safety equipment be available but that it is essential that all on board know how to use it correctly. In the case of life jackets they must be worn and secured in accordance with manufactures instructions’. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 14.00. Engine Failure Date: Saturday 26 June 2010 Launch Time: 14.43 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders The second launch of the day for Clacton RNLI Lifeboat came just over an hour after the first. A 19 foot ‘Waverunner’ speedboat was reported as being in distress ½ mile off Hutley Beach at St. Osyth. The call had been made by mobile phone to Thames Coastguard at Walton on the Naze. The casualty vessel was at anchor and had experienced engine failure. The child on board with three adults was suffering from sea sickness so was taken ashore together with one of the adults. The Lifeboat then returned to the casualty vessel to set up towing lines and put one of the volunteer lifeboat crew aboard. They then took the boat, against the fast ebbing tide, into Brightlingsea harbour where they were met by Thames Coastguard who provided sea safety advice. Bad News / Good News Date: Saturday 26 June 2010 Launch Time: Already at sea Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders   As the Clacton RNLI Lifeboat was returning to station after towing a casualty speed boat to Brightlingsea they were waved down by a 15’ rigid inflatable boat (RIB) a ¼ mile off Clacton Golf Course. The bad news was that the RIB’s steering cable had just broken. The very good news for the lone crew was the extremely timely arrival of the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. The RIB was taken under tow back to Martello Bay from where it had been launched. Lifeboat crew members then assisted the owner to recover his craft on to its trailer. It was the first time out for the RIB this year. The owner said that ‘literally just as I felt the steering go I looked up and saw the lifeboat. I am not sure whether it is my unlucky day because the boat broke or my lucky day that the lifeboat arrived. I had watched them launch earlier in the day but I did not think I was going to need their help’. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 17.05. Not Quite Up the Creek Date: Wednesday 16 June 2010 Launch Time: 17.58 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye Crew: James Hill, Mark Sanders Clacton’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched in response to a report of a canoe drifting out to sea into the mouth of the River Colne. The Atlantic 75 was away from the boathouse extremely quickly as crew members were already on station for their routine Wednesday evening training. Clacton Lifeboat arrived on scene off Sandy Point, St. Osyth, at the same time as the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham. Fortunately by this time the father of the two teenage boy canoeists had managed to reach them. He returned to the beach with one of the boys. The other had drifted up on to a sand bank from where he was able to paddle ashore. The Lifeboat remained in attendance to ensure his safe arrival at the beach where coastguards were waiting. Father and sons were fortunately none the worse for their ordeal. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station ready for service at 18.30 and back at sea again at 19.00 on exercise. This was the tenth launch for the Atlantic 75 on service in 2010 matching the Inshore Lifeboat tally for the year so far.   Nuts! Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 05.32 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Sutton Crew: Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh, Mark Sanders The Clacton on Sea RNLI Lifeboat was launched for a ‘medi-vac’ at 05.32. The casualty was a 21 year old male suffering from suspected anaphalatic shock as a consequence of a nut allergy. He was part of a group on board a charter fishing boat the ‘Kingfisher’. The Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, which was on scene within a few minutes of being paged, met the ‘Kingfisher’ ½ mile off Martello Bay. The casualty’s condition was assessed by the first aid trained volunteer lifeboat crew prior to him being transferred to the Lifeboat. He was then quickly brought ashore to the Hastings Avenue Lifeboat station where paramedics were waiting. The Atlantic 75 was back on station and ready for service at 05.55.   What a Drag Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 10.45 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Miles Hill Clacton RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched at 10.45 to go to the aid of a 4.5metre speed boat. The boat had broken down and put out an anchor, unfortunately the anchor was not holding and the boat was drifting with the flooding tide. The D class ILB took the casualty vessel under tow from a point some ¼ mile off Clacton’s Martello Bay boat slip from where it had set out.  The boat was recovered to the boat slip where the volunteer lifeboat crew assisted the owner in getting his craft onto its trailer. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 12.15 after the second shout of the day for Clacton RNLI   A Life Saved Date: Saturday 12 June 2010 Launch Time: 15.37 D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Miles Hill, Tye Crudgington Clacton’s RNLI Inshore Lifeboat responded to its second call of the day and the third for the station. Thames Coastguard had been notified regarding a person in difficulties in the sea in the vicinity of the Tower Caravan Park, Jaywick. A 35 year old male had been in the water for nearly an hour after his canoe sank. Some quick thinking people on the beach managed to get a small inflatable dinghy out to him, which was immeasurable valuable in keeping him afloat. The casualty was showing signs of hypothermia and was only semi conscious when the ILB crew recovered him into the lifeboat. The first aid trained crew gave immediate emergency treatment including providing oxygen which is standard equipment aboard the ILB. The casualty was quickly taken ashore where the crew continued lifesaving treatment until a paramedic arrived on scene. Because of the critical nature of this incident the Lifeboat crew requested the assistance of the RAF search and rescue Sea King helicopter from its base at Wattisham, Suffolk. The casualty was airlifted to Colchester Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. The Inshore Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 17.50. Congratulations to helmsman Trevor and his two crew Miles and Tye for a difficult service handled in an exemplary manner.   Swimmers in Difficulty Date: Saturday 5 June 2010 Launch Time: 13.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Tye Crudgington D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Alan Osborn   Both the Atlantic 75 and the D class Inshore Lifeboats were launched after four swimmers were reported to be in difficulty in the sea off West Beach in the region of Palace Breakwater. Three of the swimmers were able to return to the beach but the fourth still remained unaccounted for after several minutes. Fortunately the missing swimmer was rescued by members of Clacton’s Beach Patrol just as the Lifeboats arrived on scene. Crew members were put ashore to assist Essex Police, Thames Coastguard and members of the Beach Patrol clear an area around the casualty who was being given treatment by a rapid response paramedic. With the situation fully under control both Lifeboats returned to station and were back and ready for service at 14.15   Just In Case Date: Tuesday 1 June  2010 Launch Time: 07.50 D Class: Helm: Ray Lynaugh Crew: Trevor Neal, Mark Sanders Clacton Inshore D Class Lifeboat was launched at 07.50 at the request of Thames Coastguard to search the same area as the previous night after a pair of training shoes were found on West Beach. The search was undertaken both as a continuation of the missing person report of the night before and as a possible separate incident. The ILB searched for nearly two and a half hours before being stood down, nothing having been found. The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 10.30, the end of a busy bank holiday weekend for the RNLI volunteers. Two station open days, 3 launches for the Atlantic 75 and 2 launches for the D class ILB Possible Missing Person Date: Monday 31 May  2010 Launch Time: 21.46 Atlantic 75: Helm: Danny Thatcher Crew: Rick Burnell, James Hill, Richard Smith D Class: Helm: Trevor Neal Crew: Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 21.41 and the Atlantic 75 requested to launch shortly afterwards to search for a possible missing person. Thames Coastguard had received a report that someone (male aged 40) had been seen entering the water to the west of Clacton pier. The informant then lost sight of the person. The informant was equipped with a VHF radio scanner and was monitoring the emergency services radio traffic. Both boats searched the area immediately around the pier. Another crew of 6 Clacton Lifeboat crew volunteers formed a shallow water search team. They undertook a sweep of the area from the beach out to sea 150 metres between ‘Palace’ breakwater and the pier. The lifeboats extended the search in the direction of the flooding tide down as far as Lion Point. The Coastguards, paramedics, police and Essex Police Air Support Unit together with both Clacton Lifeboats and the shallow water search crew were all stood down at 23.30 with nothing having been found. Both the Inshore Lifeboat and the Atlantic 75 were back on station and ready for service at 23.45.   Fish Safe Again ( see service of Saturday 15 May 2010) Date: Sunday 22 May 2010 Launch Time: 15.15 Atlantic 75: Helm: Mark Davey Crew: Trevor Neal, Jonathan Strutt, Ray Lynaugh The Clacton Lifeboat was launched at 15.15 to go to the aid of a 17 foot fishing boat with two crew on board which had broken down’. The position given by the casualty was ‘off the shore left of the mouth of the River Colne’. Having located the fishing boat after a short search at 51° 47.001N 00°36.00E.(1/2 mile off East Mersea) the boat was towed into Point Clear. This was the first shout for new crew member Jonathan Strutt Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 16.30 No Danger to Fish Date: Saturday 15 May 2010 Launch Time: 14.55 Atlantic 75: Helm: Tim Dye (Senior Helmsman) Crew: James Hill, Ray Lynaugh Clacton Lifeboat was launched at 14.55 to go to the aid of a 16 foot fishing boat with a crew of two which had contacted Thames Coastguard because of engine failure. The boat had an auxiliary outboard engine which also failed to start. The casualty was eventually located after a short search approximately ½ mile SW of the Inner Bench Head buoy (51°45’.779N 001°01’335E), some distance from their reported position. The casualty vessel was taken under tow to Point Clear beach where the Thames Coastguard mobile unit from Clacton was waiting to receive them. Clacton Lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 15.35 A Spirit Too Far Clacton’s Atlantic 75 and Inshore Lifeboats were launched shortly after midnight on Sunday after the alarm had been raised by worried parents. A fifteen foot sailing boat named Spirit Two with a crew of 2 boys both aged 16 had failed to arrive on its mooring in Alresford Creek earlier in the evening. Both lifeboats carried out an extensive search of the River Colne. After the Inshore Lifeboat had managed to reach Rowhedge despite the rapidly falling tide and very little water being available, the missing Spirit Two was spotted high and dry against the jetty with both boys aboard. The ILB crew ensured that the boys, who had no means of communication, were safe and well before leaving  them to wait for the morning high tide. The Lifeboats were back on station and ready for service again at 2.30am. The Atlantic 75 was helmed by Adrian Rose with crew members Darren Simper and Mark Sanders. The ILB was helmed by Timothy Sutton and crewed by Ray Lynaugh and Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield.   Girl on rocks Clacton-on-Sea’s D class lifeboat launched at 12.15pm on Thursday 15th April after a report was received of a young girl stuck on one of the rock breakwaters at Martello Bay. As it was high tide the crew were able to get in close and lift the ten year old into the lifeboat. She was taken to the beach where her mother was waiting with the coastguard. The lifeboat was back on station at 12.45pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Tim Sutton, Darren Simper   Early Morning Call Clacton’s D class lifeboat launched at 1.30am on Tuesday 23rd March after coastguards received a call that a man was missing and had last been seen on the sea wall at Jaywick. As the exact position was not known the Atlantic 75 was asked to launch to enable the two boats to cover a larger area. The search was called off by the coastguard at 2.45am, nothing having been found. The boats were back on station at 3am. Atlantic 75 Crew: Eddie Vaughan-chatfield (helm), Tim Sutton, Bruce Hurton, Darren Simper D class Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Ray Lynaugh, Simon Wright   False Alarm Both boats were called shortly before 6.30pm on March 1st after emergency services received several calls that the town pier was on fire. The fire brigade, ambulance, air sea rescue helicopter and Walton and Frinton lifeboat were also alerted. It turned out that workmen were burning rubbish and that the bonfire was under control. The call- out was cancelled.   Engine Trouble The D class lifeboat launched at 5.20pm on March 2nd after coastguards received a call from a 17 foot day boat which had engine failure. The three people on board were returning to Brightlingsea and had reached Sandy Point in the Colne estuary. The lifeboat took them in tow to the town hard, and was back on station at 7pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Darren Simper, Ray Lynaugh Fishing boat aground The Atlantic75 lifeboat launched at 4pm on 12th January after a fishing boat was reported “missing” somewhere in the area of the Buxey Sands. The crew found the 32 foot “XLT” just as it was getting dark in the Ray Sand Channel nine miles south-west of Clacton having run aground. The two crew on board had no means of communication and no flares. It was also found that no navigation equipment or charts were on the boat. The allweather lifeboat from Walton and Frinton pulled the vessel off the sands as the tide rose and towed her into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 8pm. Crew: Kevin Lockert (helm), Steve Oaks, Mark Sanders
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