CALL OUTS 2017

Drifting Tender 9 Mile Out

 11/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) On Tuesday 11th April at 13:33 Dover Coastguard paged for the assistance of Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat and its volunteer crew after receiving reports of a drifting tender approximately 9 miles South East of the lifeboat station in the East Swin. The lifeboat launched with a volunteer crew of four and proceeded to the last known latitude and longitude. Upon arrival the tender was spotted by the crew, approximately a mile north at the Gunfleet Spit buoy. It was obvious the tender had been in the water for a long while and no sign of any use. The volunteer crew managed to get the tender aboard the lifeboat and return it back to the boathouse as it posed a hazard to navigation. The lifeboat recovered to its trailer back at Martello Bay around 14:30 and the crew returned to work.

Multiple Services attempt to Save man

 08/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) VOLUNTEER lifeboat crews were involved in an attempt to save a man who was pulled from water off St Osyth. Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was called to the scene just off Lee-Over-Sands following a 999 call from a vessel to Dover Coastguard. It was reported that a 59-year-old man who had been on board was not responding after going into the water at about 1.13pm on Saturday, April 8. Within minutes the lifeboat had launched with a volunteer crew of four and made best speed to the scene, which was three miles south west of the boathouse. The lifeboat arrived on scene at the same time as Essex Police marine units, who were in the area. Two lifeboat crew members jumped aboard the police vessel and pulled the casualty from the water and commenced casualty care immediately while the police vessel and lifeboat made best speed for Brightlingsea Harbour, where other emergency services were on route to. The man, who was not breathing, was taken to hospital by the ambulance service, but attempted to save his life were sadly unsuccessful. The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by the other Essex Police marine unit vessel. A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said: “The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident. “We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts” “It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

Stood Down

 07/04/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our Volunteer Crew were paged at 21:47 this evening, but stood down shortly after.

21ft Vessel with Engine Failure

02/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At approximately 11.42 on the 2nd April  at the request of Dover Coastguard, Clacton’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘David Porter MPS’ with 4 volunteer crew aboard was launched onto a smooth sea ,with a very light North Westerly breeze, to the aid of a  21ft vessel which had suffered engine failure.  A position was relayed to the crew from Dover Coastguard as supplied by the vessel in question. The position given, 2.5 N.Miles south of our Boathouse (Wallet No.3 Bouy), was quickly reached and the vessel, ‘Rascal’, was located with 2 persons on board. They had set out earlier in the day from Suffolk and were making their way to Kent when engine failure occurred.  With the consent of the occupants, a member of the lifeboat went aboard to help set up the tow and lift the anchor.  The newest crew member was then asked to set up the tow on the Lifeboat under the watchful eye of the helm as this would be good experience in the calm conditions. The Lifeboat then made for Brightlingsea with ‘Rascal’ in tow. On nearing Brightlingsea the Harbour Master was notified and made the ‘Hammer Head’ Jetty ready to receive both boats. ‘Rascal’ was put onto the Hammer Head and along with its crew were left in the safe hands of the Harbour Master, to make further enquiries with regards to having the engine problems rectified. The Lifeboat was then stood down by Dover Coastguard and returned to station, where it was refuelled and made ready  for service at 14.20. It was noted that the 2 persons on board ‘Rascal’ were wearing lifejackets and well prepared and equipped for their passage, which just goes to show that no matter how well prepared you are trouble can strike at any moment. By being prepared they were able to keep calm and request help easily, give the Coastguard their position, which allowed the Lifeboat to find them quickly and easily.

Stood Down

 28/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our volunteer crew were awoken to the sound of pagers at 02:09 this morning but stood down whilst getting kitted.

Kite Surfing Equipment Drifting

 18/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our D Class lifeboat launched on service at 12:56 today after reports of two kite surfers in difficulty approx half mile South of station. As the lifeboat launched it was made clear the two individuals had made it safely to the shore but their equipment was now drifting. After checking the two casualties were ok, the lifeboat returned to sea to deflate and recover their equipment and drop it to the beach. Unfortunately for the casualties, one kite surfing board could not be found, but other than that all was ok! The lifeboat was then stood down.

27ft Motor Vessel Aground

 16/03/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At 17:53 our volunteer crew were paged to a 27ft motor vessel which had run aground on the Buxey Sands. Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched with a crew of four, and found the vessel to be high and dry! The lifeboat stayed on scene until the vessel started to float at around 22:15, it was then towed clear of the Sands ready for the passage into Brightlingsea Harbour. With everything in working order, the towline was dropped and the lifeboat escorted the casualty vessel into Brightlingsea with a Crew member staying aboard the casualty boat to aid navigation into the harbour. At 00:30 the lifeboat was recovered and refuelled, before the Volunteer Crew returned home for some well deserved sleep.

Person in the Water under Pier

 10/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our volunteers pagers were activated at 17:52 after multiple 999 reports of a person in the water beneath Clacton Pier. Minutes later the D Class lifeboat launched with three crew and made best speed to the scene where a large crowd of people were on the pier. As the lifeboat got closer the people were pointing and shining torches to the casualty, who was partially submerged beneath the water. The crew plucked the casualty from the water before making best speed back towards the lifeboat station. The volunteer crew began to treat the casualty whilst the lifeboat was taken back to the boathouse where further emergency services awaited. The casualty was then handed over to the Ambulance Service and taken to hospital for treatment, Essex Police and Clacton Coastguards units also on scene. The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready for its next service. The crew then returned home.

Stood Down

 07/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our crew were paged but stood down shortly after.

Police Request Assistance with Search

 04/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) This morning at 07:09 our Volunteer Crew’s pagers were activated after Essex Police requested assistance with a vulnerable male reported to be seen on the beach in Holland on Sea. Our Volunteer Crew launched the D Class lifeboat with three crew aboard, and began a shoreline search from Kings Avenue, Holland-on-Sea, heading North East along the coast alongside Clacton Coastguard and Essex Police. After approximately 40 minutes of searching the casualty was found by Essex Police in Frinton on Sea. All units were then stood down.

Concerns for Small Cruiser

 26/02/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At 13:50 today Dover Coastguard activated the volunteer crews pagers after concerns were raised for a small cabin cruiser which looked to be in difficulty within Brightlingsea Harbour after it was seen not moving for approximately an hour. Our volunteer crew launched our Atlantic 85 Lifeboat with 4 crew aboard. On arrival a vessel matching the description was spotted close to the shoreline at Point Clear. After speaking to its occupants they were fine, just sitting at anchor awaiting their recovery vehicle and trailer to arrive. Due to the worsening weather conditions it was decided to help the occupants recover the vessel and then stand down and return to station.

Drifting Tender

 28/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged to launch on service at 14:01 to assist Clacton Coastguard who were observing a drifting tender. Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched shortly after with a volunteer crew of three aboard and headed towards Holland-on-Sea. We recovered the tender and brought it back to station where we met Clacton Coastguards. Photo Credit: Archant

Stood Down

 22/01/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our crew were paged and put on immediate readiness this afternoon but stood down shortly after.

Search for Missing Person

 15/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged to launch on service at 02:31 on Sunday 15th January after Essex police requested our assistance with a search for a missing person between Martello Bay, Clacton and Brightlingsea Harbour. Shortly after being paged our Atlantic 85 was launched on service with a volunteer crew of four aboard. They began a shoreline search outside our station alongside Clacton Coastguard and Essex Police proceeding West using both search lights and night sight equipment. After completing a thorough shoreline search to the entrance of Brightlingsea Harbour, with nothing found the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

Danger of Going Adrift

 14/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged at 01:07 this morning to assist emergency services in Jaywick after discovering a boat that was in danger of going adrift just after the high tide! The lifeboat waited on scene until Clacton Coastguard arrived and then stood down! Photo Credit: Archant
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CALL OUTS 2017

Drifting Tender 9

Miles Out

 11/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) On Tuesday 11th April at 13:33 Dover Coastguard paged for the assistance of Clacton's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat and its volunteer crew after receiving reports of a drifting tender approximately 9 miles South East of the lifeboat station in the East Swin. The lifeboat launched with a volunteer crew of four and proceeded to the last known latitude and longitude. Upon arrival the tender was spotted by the crew, approximately a mile north at the Gunfleet Spit buoy. It was obvious the tender had been in the water for a long while and no sign of any use. The volunteer crew managed to get the tender aboard the lifeboat and return it back to the boathouse as it posed a hazard to navigation. The lifeboat recovered to its trailer back at Martello Bay around 14:30 and the crew returned to work.

Multiple Services

attempt to Save

man

 08/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) VOLUNTEER lifeboat crews were involved in an attempt to save a man who was pulled from water off St Osyth. Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was called to the scene just off Lee-Over-Sands following a 999 call from a vessel to Dover Coastguard. It was reported that a 59-year-old man who had been on board was not responding after going into the water at about 1.13pm on Saturday, April 8. Within minutes the lifeboat had launched with a volunteer crew of four and made best speed to the scene, which was three miles south west of the boathouse. The lifeboat arrived on scene at the same time as Essex Police marine units, who were in the area. Two lifeboat crew members jumped aboard the police vessel and pulled the casualty from the water and commenced casualty care immediately while the police vessel and lifeboat made best speed for Brightlingsea Harbour, where other emergency services were on route to. The man, who was not breathing, was taken to hospital by the ambulance service, but attempted to save his life were sadly unsuccessful. The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by the other Essex Police marine unit vessel. A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said: “The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident. “We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts” “It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

Stood Down

 07/04/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our Volunteer Crew were paged at 21:47 this evening, but stood down shortly after.

21ft Vessel with

Engine Failure

02/04/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At approximately 11.42 on the morning on April 2nd at the request of Dover Coastguard, Clacton's Atlantic 85 'David Porter MPS' with 4 crew members aboard was launched on to a calm sea with a gentle North Westerly breeze blowing, to the aid of a 21ft pleasure craft which had suffered engine failure. The Lifeboat quickly reached the position relayed by the Coastguard and found the pleasure boat 'Rascal' with 2 people on board, on passage from Suffolk to Kent. With the consent of the occupants a member of the lifeboat crew went aboard to help raise the anchor and set up a tow. The Lifeboat then made for Brightlingsea with 'Rascal' in tow and on nearing the Harbour Master was contacted and made aware of the situation, who prepared a space on the 'Hammerhead' for 'Rascal' 'Rascal' and her crew were berthed and left in the safe hands of the harbour master in order to make further enquiries with regards to having the engine problem fixed. The Lifeboat was then stood down by Dover Coastguard and returned to station, where it was refuelled and made ready for service at 14.20. It was noted that the 2 persons on board 'Rascal' were wearing lifejackets, well prepared and equipped for this passage, which goes to show it could happen to anyone anytime. By being prepared they were able to stay calm, call for help and give an accurate position, which allowed the lifeboat to locate them quickly and easily.

Stood Down

 28/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our volunteer crew were awoken to the sound of pagers at 02:09 this morning but stood down whilst getting kitted.

Kite Surfing

Equipment Drifting

 18/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our D Class lifeboat launched on service at 12:56 today after reports of two kite surfers in difficulty approx half mile South of station. As the lifeboat launched it was made clear the two individuals had made it safely to the shore but their equipment was now drifting. After checking the two casualties were ok, the lifeboat returned to sea to deflate and recover their equipment and drop it to the beach. Unfortunately for the casualties, one kite surfing board could not be found, but other than that all was ok! The lifeboat was then stood down.

27ft Motor Vessel

Aground

 16/03/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At 17:53 our volunteer crew were paged to a 27ft motor vessel which had run aground on the Buxey Sands. Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched with a crew of four, and found the vessel to be high and dry! The lifeboat stayed on scene until the vessel started to float at around 22:15, it was then towed clear of the Sands ready for the passage into Brightlingsea Harbour. With everything in working order, the towline was dropped and the lifeboat escorted the casualty vessel into Brightlingsea with a Crew member staying aboard the casualty boat to aid navigation into the harbour. At 00:30 the lifeboat was recovered and refuelled, before the Volunteer Crew returned home for some well deserved sleep.

Person in the

Water under Pier

 10/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our volunteers pagers were activated at 17:52 after multiple 999 reports of a person in the water beneath Clacton Pier. Minutes later the D Class lifeboat launched with three crew and made best speed to the scene where a large crowd of people were on the pier. As the lifeboat got closer the people were pointing and shining torches to the casualty, who was partially submerged beneath the water. The crew plucked the casualty from the water before making best speed back towards the lifeboat station. The volunteer crew began to treat the casualty whilst the lifeboat was taken back to the boathouse where further emergency services awaited. The casualty was then handed over to the Ambulance Service and taken to hospital for treatment, Essex Police and Clacton Coastguards units also on scene. The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready for its next service. The crew then returned home.

Stood Down

 07/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our crew were paged but stood down shortly after.

Police Request

Assistance with

Search

 04/03/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) This morning at 07:09 our Volunteer Crew’s pagers were activated after Essex Police requested assistance with a vulnerable male reported to be seen on the beach in Holland on Sea. Our Volunteer Crew launched the D Class lifeboat with three crew aboard, and began a shoreline search from Kings Avenue, Holland-on-Sea, heading North East along the coast alongside Clacton Coastguard and Essex Police. After approximately 40 minutes of searching the casualty was found by Essex Police in Frinton on Sea. All units were then stood down.

Concerns for Small

Cruiser

 26/02/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) At 13:50 today Dover Coastguard activated the volunteer crews pagers after concerns were raised for a small cabin cruiser which looked to be in difficulty within Brightlingsea Harbour after it was seen not moving for approximately an hour. Our volunteer crew launched our Atlantic 85 Lifeboat with 4 crew aboard. On arrival a vessel matching the description was spotted close to the shoreline at Point Clear. After speaking to its occupants they were fine, just sitting at anchor awaiting their recovery vehicle and trailer to arrive. Due to the worsening weather conditions it was decided to help the occupants recover the vessel and then stand down and return to station.

Drifting Tender

 28/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged to launch on service at 14:01 to assist Clacton Coastguard who were observing a drifting tender. Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched shortly after with a volunteer crew of three aboard and headed towards Holland-on-Sea. We recovered the tender and brought it back to station where we met Clacton Coastguards. Photo Credit: Archant

Stood Down

 22/01/2017 Boat: D Class (D723) Our crew were paged and put on immediate readiness this afternoon but stood down shortly after.

Search for Missing

Person

 15/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged to launch on service at 02:31 on Sunday 15th January after Essex police requested our assistance with a search for a missing person between Martello Bay, Clacton and Brightlingsea Harbour. Shortly after being paged our Atlantic 85 was launched on service with a volunteer crew of four aboard. They began a shoreline search outside our station alongside Clacton Coastguard and Essex Police proceeding West using both search lights and night sight equipment. After completing a thorough shoreline search to the entrance of Brightlingsea Harbour, with nothing found the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

Danger of Going

Adrift

 14/01/2017 Boat: Atlantic 85 (B863) Our volunteer crew were paged at 01:07 this morning to assist emergency services in Jaywick after discovering a boat that was in danger of going adrift just after the high tide! The lifeboat waited on scene until Clacton Coastguard arrived and then stood down! Photo Credit: Archant
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