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Person in the Sea At 3:30 am on the 15th December 99 both Clacton Lifeboats (B-744) and the D-Class (D-302) were called out to search for a person reported to be in the sea to the West of Clacton Pier. The Lifeboats were assisted in the search by an RAF helicopter and several Coastguard officers searching along the shore line. After a long time searching the sea in bitterly cold conditions the two lifeboats were unable to find anyone in the water to the West of the Pier and started searching on the East side. After some time the helicopter sighted a person on the promenade by Ambleside who was calling for help. The Lifeboat crews got back to station at 04:30. Man in the Water Just before 3AM on 25th November Clacton Inshore Lifeboat (D-302) was called out when a report was made that a man had been seen wading into the sea near Clacton Pier. Once launched the lifeboat searched the area they soon found and pulled out a man from the sea. He appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and was treated while the lifeboat headed for West Beach where the man was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital. Angling Boat The Clacton Lifeboat B-744 was launched today 09/11/99 at 12:20pm  to assist a 16ft angling boat that had broken down half a mile off Holland Haven. Dave Carvey the helmsman assisted by lifeboatman Steve wride, Phil Armstrong, and Allan Steel found the boat and took it in tow towards the Clacton Pier beach area where it was beached awaiting recovery to the boat's trailer. Windsurfers in Difficulties Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat ( B-744 ) was called out by Thames Coastguard at 13:35 on Saturday 2nd October 1999 when two windsurfers were reported in difficulties near Clacton Pier. One of the windsurfers made it ashore unaided while the other was picked up by the lifeboat and landed ashore to the care of Clacton's Mobile Coastguard Patrol. Yacht Solitaire The day after Clacton Lifeboat the 'Robert George Alexander'  ( B-744 )  was formally named in a Dedication Ceremony on Clacton Pier ( 25th September 1999 ) the lifeboat was called out and spent three and a half hours at sea. At 16:30 Hrs on Sunday 26th September 1999 Thames Coastguard called out the lifeboat to go to the assistance of a yacht reported to be having engine problems at sea to the south of Clacton. By 17:00 Hrs the lifeboat was alongside the yacht 'Solitaite' with two persons on board. Rob Bradbrook the Senior Helmsman and his crew immediately made arrangements to take the yacht in tow to Brightlingsea. Due to the very strong ebb tide it was a long slow tow to get to Brightlingsea. However the yacht with the two persons on board was eventually delivered there safely. The lifeboat got back to Clacton shortly after 20;00 Hrs Girl in the Water Just after 23:00Hrs on Saturday 11th September 1999 The Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was called out. As the crew arrived at the inshore boathouse they found that a girl was in the water just off the boathouse. A police officer was then about to enter the water. Patsy Shinners one of the lifeboat crew immediately donned a dry suit and went in to the sea with the police officer and between them recovered the girl. The lifeboat in the meantime had been launched and brought them all safely ashore, where the girl was immediately passed over to an ambulance crew. Yacht Snipe The Clacton Lifeboat was called out at 15:05hrs on Sunday 5th September 1999 to assist The Walton Lifeboat in locating the Yacht Snipe in difficulty on East Barrow Sands in the Thames Estuary. With dense fog in the Thames Estuary the lifeboat took longer than usual to get to the East Barrow Sands. On finding the Walton lifeboat a plan was worked out between both lifeboats to locate the yacht. With the assistance of the Walton lifeboat radar a search system was agreed in which the Clacton lifeboat was directed by radar by the Walton lifeboat across the shallow sands towards the last known position of the yacht. Clacton lifeboat had to proceed very slowly across the sands encountering from time to time walls of sand which meant changing course constantly and as reported by the crew having to "chase away seals". Eventually with radar assistance and picking up the sound of the yacht the Clacton lifeboat had the yacht in sight at 16:55hrs. While searching the Walton lifeboat had repositioned to get near to the yacht as well. Clacton lifeboat immediately set about helping to pull the yacht clear of the sand and reported both persons on board safe and well and handed over to the Walton lifeboat. Walton lifeboat then reported to Thames Coastguard that as soon as all was ready it would be towing the yacht Snipe to Brightlingsea which would take some time in view of the dense fog likely to be encountered. Clacton lifeboat was then released to return to Clacton and set off at a slower speed than usual in view of the poor visibility and arrived back at station at 17:45hrs Net around Propeller At 14:00hrs on Sunday 5th September 1999 the Lifeboat was called out to a speedboat with four persons on board with net around its propeller. The lifeboat helped to clear the propeller and then escorted the boat back to the Gunfleet Boat Club. The Lifeboat was back on station at 14:55hrs. Speedboat off Lion Point Clacton Lifeboat was called out at 12:50 on Saturday 4th September 1999 to a speedboat with engine problems off Lion Point, the Lifeboat found the speedboat with three persons on board. It was towed to Jaywick where all persons were landed safe and well. The Lifeboat was back on station at 13:20. Windsurfer Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was launched on Wednesday 18th August 1999 at 16:10 to a windsurfer off Clacton beach, where help was given.   Yacht Slipper Clacton Lifeboat was called out just after 18:00Hrs on Monday 16th August 1999 The call was to go to the assistance of the 29 foot yacht Slipper which was reported in difficulties two miles East of the Whitaker Bell buoy a position approximately six miles South of Clacton. On finding the yacht it was found that difficulties had arisen in the very squally weather. There were two persons on board one was a lady who was very sea sick. Tim Sutton one of the lifeboat crew went on board the Slipper while the lifeboat returned to Clacton Lifeboat Station with the lady. The Lifeboat then returned to the yacht and towed it into Brightlingsea before returning to Station at 23:10Hrs. Put on Standby On Sunday 15th August 1999 at 09:30 the lifeboat was put on standby, but was not required to launch.   Dismasted Sailing Boat On Saturday 14th August 1999 at 14:40 The Lifeboat was called out to a sailing boat reported as dismasted off Frinton. Before the lifeboat arrived the Beach Patrol had succeeded in providing assistance.   Report of Red Flare On Saturday 14th August 1999 at 23:50 The Lifeboat was again called out on report of a possible red flare being seen in vicinity of River Colne entrance. Lifeboat held on stand-by for 30min then sent to search entrance to River Colne. Search continued until 02:00 when the lifeboat returned to station without finding anyone in trouble. Sinking Raft On Sunday 15th August The Clacton Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist recovering persons from the water during Clacton's Raft Race. The Lifeboat stood by for the remainder of the race and recovered four persons from sinking raft.   Bench Head Saturday 17th July 1999 Motor Cruiser standing bye people in dingy, in the area of the bench Head. Clacton Lifeboat lunched at 13:52 Mastless Yacht Clacton Lifeboat was called to help a yacht which had lost its mast. Coastguards called the lifeboat to the aid of the Helter skelter and its crew of two in the middle of the Wallet Channel on Saturday 3rd July 1999 Capprico At 16:00 Saturday 29 May 1999 Clacton Lifeboat was called out by Thames Coastguard to assist a yacht off Colne Point. When the lifeboat arrived at Colne Point it found that the yacht "Capprico" with six persons on board was aground on the Colne Bar at the entrance to the River Colne. The Lifeboat spent some time with the yacht seeing that it was safe on the ebbing tide and helped lay out an anchor. After some discussion with Thames Coastguard it was generally agreed that the yacht was safe although aground. It was decided that the best course of action was to let the lifeboat return to Clacton until the tide was right to help the yacht get afloat again. The lifeboat returned to the Capprico at 21:45 and stood by while the rising tide helped the yacht to get afloat. After giving assistance generally and helping to recover the anchor the lifeboat crew stood by and watched the yacht get under way and resume its voyage to Wivenhoe. When all was seen to be well the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat house at Clacton Pier. Flares used in search Clacton Lifeboat was called out to search for a woman calling for help at Sandy Point. Illuminating flares were used by the lifeboat to search inshore and it was also in contact with the coastguard's mobile patrol. The woman was later located by the coastguard's mobile unit. Windsurfer in trouble Clacton Lifeboat was called out after a windsurfer got into trouble off the beach. The beach patrol and the inshore lifeboat were called out at 14:45 yesterday Sunday 23rd May 1999 but the man managed to get ashore with the help of another windsurfer. Broken down Yacht Lifeboatmen at Clacton went to the rescue of a broken down yacht. The 27 foot Alibi Alice with two people on board was found two miles west of Walton on Sunday afternoon 2nd May 1999.  The boat was towed in by the Clacton lifeboat and returned to her moorings in Brightlingsea.   Small Dinghy Clacton Lifeboat and Coastguards were called out yesterday afternoon Sun 11th April 1999 to search for two people who were drifting out to sea in a yellow dinghy. But the pair managed to make their own way to shore unaided.   Diabetic Rescued from fishing boat A Diabetic fisherman was today 5th April 1999 rescued after falling ill on a boat. Coastguards at Walton received a call from the crew of a small fishing boat at 08:37. The crew was concerned that one of its fisherman, Dave Fair a diabetic had become ill and was lethargic. Clacton Lifeboat went out to the boat and took Mr. Fair, 36, on board. It returned to Clacton Pier where Clacton Coastguard met them and an ambulance was waiting to take Mr. Fair away. His condition was not known.

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Person in the Sea At 3:30 am on the 15th December 99 both Clacton Lifeboats (B-744) and the D-Class (D-302) were called out to search for a person reported to be in the sea to the West of Clacton Pier. The Lifeboats were assisted in the search by an RAF helicopter and several Coastguard officers searching along the shore line. After a long time searching the sea in bitterly cold conditions the two lifeboats were unable to find anyone in the water to the West of the Pier and started searching on the East side. After some time the helicopter sighted a person on the promenade by Ambleside who was calling for help. The Lifeboat crews got back to station at 04:30. Man in the Water Just before 3AM on 25th November Clacton Inshore Lifeboat (D-302) was called out when a report was made that a man had been seen wading into the sea near Clacton Pier. Once launched the lifeboat searched the area they soon found and pulled out a man from the sea. He appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and was treated while the lifeboat headed for West Beach where the man was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital. Angling Boat The Clacton Lifeboat B-744 was launched today 09/11/99 at 12:20pm  to assist a 16ft angling boat that had broken down half a mile off Holland Haven. Dave Carvey the helmsman assisted by lifeboatman Steve wride, Phil Armstrong, and Allan Steel found the boat and took it in tow towards the Clacton Pier beach area where it was beached awaiting recovery to the boat's trailer. Windsurfers in Difficulties Clacton Atlantic 75 lifeboat ( B-744 ) was called out by Thames Coastguard at 13:35 on Saturday 2nd October 1999 when two windsurfers were reported in difficulties near Clacton Pier. One of the windsurfers made it ashore unaided while the other was picked up by the lifeboat and landed ashore to the care of Clacton's Mobile Coastguard Patrol. Yacht Solitaire The day after Clacton Lifeboat the 'Robert George Alexander'  ( B-744 )  was formally named in a Dedication Ceremony on Clacton Pier ( 25th September 1999 ) the lifeboat was called out and spent three and a half hours at sea. At 16:30 Hrs on Sunday 26th September 1999 Thames Coastguard called out the lifeboat to go to the assistance of a yacht reported to be having engine problems at sea to the south of Clacton. By 17:00 Hrs the lifeboat was alongside the yacht 'Solitaite' with two persons on board. Rob Bradbrook the Senior Helmsman and his crew immediately made arrangements to take the yacht in tow to Brightlingsea. Due to the very strong ebb tide it was a long slow tow to get to Brightlingsea. However the yacht with the two persons on board was eventually delivered there safely. The lifeboat got back to Clacton shortly after 20;00 Hrs Girl in the Water Just after 23:00Hrs on Saturday 11th September 1999 The Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was called out. As the crew arrived at the inshore boathouse they found that a girl was in the water just off the boathouse. A police officer was then about to enter the water. Patsy Shinners one of the lifeboat crew immediately donned a dry suit and went in to the sea with the police officer and between them recovered the girl. The lifeboat in the meantime had been launched and brought them all safely ashore, where the girl was immediately passed over to an ambulance crew. Yacht Snipe The Clacton Lifeboat was called out at 15:05hrs on Sunday 5th September 1999 to assist The Walton Lifeboat in locating the Yacht Snipe in difficulty on East Barrow Sands in the Thames Estuary. With dense fog in the Thames Estuary the lifeboat took longer than usual to get to the East Barrow Sands. On finding the Walton lifeboat a plan was worked out between both lifeboats to locate the yacht. With the assistance of the Walton lifeboat radar a search system was agreed in which the Clacton lifeboat was directed by radar by the Walton lifeboat across the shallow sands towards the last known position of the yacht. Clacton lifeboat had to proceed very slowly across the sands encountering from time to time walls of sand which meant changing course constantly and as reported by the crew having to "chase away seals". Eventually with radar assistance and picking up the sound of the yacht the Clacton lifeboat had the yacht in sight at 16:55hrs. While searching the Walton lifeboat had repositioned to get near to the yacht as well. Clacton lifeboat immediately set about helping to pull the yacht clear of the sand and reported both persons on board safe and well and handed over to the Walton lifeboat. Walton lifeboat then reported to Thames Coastguard that as soon as all was ready it would be towing the yacht Snipe to Brightlingsea which would take some time in view of the dense fog likely to be encountered. Clacton lifeboat was then released to return to Clacton and set off at a slower speed than usual in view of the poor visibility and arrived back at station at 17:45hrs Net around Propeller At 14:00hrs on Sunday 5th September 1999 the Lifeboat was called out to a speedboat with four persons on board with net around its propeller. The lifeboat helped to clear the propeller and then escorted the boat back to the Gunfleet Boat Club. The Lifeboat was back on station at 14:55hrs. Speedboat off Lion Point Clacton Lifeboat was called out at 12:50 on Saturday 4th September 1999 to a speedboat with engine problems off Lion Point, the Lifeboat found the speedboat with three persons on board. It was towed to Jaywick where all persons were landed safe and well. The Lifeboat was back on station at 13:20. Windsurfer Clacton Inshore Lifeboat was launched on Wednesday 18th August 1999 at 16:10 to a windsurfer off Clacton beach, where help was given.   Yacht Slipper Clacton Lifeboat was called out just after 18:00Hrs on Monday 16th August 1999 The call was to go to the assistance of the 29 foot yacht Slipper which was reported in difficulties two miles East of the Whitaker Bell buoy a position approximately six miles South of Clacton. On finding the yacht it was found that difficulties had arisen in the very squally weather. There were two persons on board one was a lady who was very sea sick. Tim Sutton one of the lifeboat crew went on board the Slipper while the lifeboat returned to Clacton Lifeboat Station with the lady. The Lifeboat then returned to the yacht and towed it into Brightlingsea before returning to Station at 23:10Hrs. Put on Standby On Sunday 15th August 1999 at 09:30 the lifeboat was put on standby, but was not required to launch.   Dismasted Sailing Boat On Saturday 14th August 1999 at 14:40 The Lifeboat was called out to a sailing boat reported as dismasted off Frinton. Before the lifeboat arrived the Beach Patrol had succeeded in providing assistance.   Report of Red Flare On Saturday 14th August 1999 at 23:50 The Lifeboat was again called out on report of a possible red flare being seen in vicinity of River Colne entrance. Lifeboat held on stand-by for 30min then sent to search entrance to River Colne. Search continued until 02:00 when the lifeboat returned to station without finding anyone in trouble. Sinking Raft On Sunday 15th August The Clacton Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist recovering persons from the water during Clacton's Raft Race. The Lifeboat stood by for the remainder of the race and recovered four persons from sinking raft.   Bench Head Saturday 17th July 1999 Motor Cruiser standing bye people in dingy, in the area of the bench Head. Clacton Lifeboat lunched at 13:52 Mastless Yacht Clacton Lifeboat was called to help a yacht which had lost its mast. Coastguards called the lifeboat to the aid of the Helter skelter and its crew of two in the middle of the Wallet Channel on Saturday 3rd July 1999 Capprico At 16:00 Saturday 29 May 1999 Clacton Lifeboat was called out by Thames Coastguard to assist a yacht off Colne Point. When the lifeboat arrived at Colne Point it found that the yacht "Capprico" with six persons on board was aground on the Colne Bar at the entrance to the River Colne. The Lifeboat spent some time with the yacht seeing that it was safe on the ebbing tide and helped lay out an anchor. After some discussion with Thames Coastguard it was generally agreed that the yacht was safe although aground. It was decided that the best course of action was to let the lifeboat return to Clacton until the tide was right to help the yacht get afloat again. The lifeboat returned to the Capprico at 21:45 and stood by while the rising tide helped the yacht to get afloat. After giving assistance generally and helping to recover the anchor the lifeboat crew stood by and watched the yacht get under way and resume its voyage to Wivenhoe. When all was seen to be well the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat house at Clacton Pier. Flares used in search Clacton Lifeboat was called out to search for a woman calling for help at Sandy Point. Illuminating flares were used by the lifeboat to search inshore and it was also in contact with the coastguard's mobile patrol. The woman was later located by the coastguard's mobile unit. Windsurfer in trouble Clacton Lifeboat was called out after a windsurfer got into trouble off the beach. The beach patrol and the inshore lifeboat were called out at 14:45 yesterday Sunday 23rd May 1999 but the man managed to get ashore with the help of another windsurfer. Broken down Yacht Lifeboatmen at Clacton went to the rescue of a broken down yacht. The 27 foot Alibi Alice with two people on board was found two miles west of Walton on Sunday afternoon 2nd May 1999.  The boat was towed in by the Clacton lifeboat and returned to her moorings in Brightlingsea.   Small Dinghy Clacton Lifeboat and Coastguards were called out yesterday afternoon Sun 11th April 1999 to search for two people who were drifting out to sea in a yellow dinghy. But the pair managed to make their own way to shore unaided.   Diabetic Rescued from fishing boat A Diabetic fisherman was today 5th April 1999 rescued after falling ill on a boat. Coastguards at Walton received a call from the crew of a small fishing boat at 08:37. The crew was concerned that one of its fisherman, Dave Fair a diabetic had become ill and was lethargic. Clacton Lifeboat went out to the boat and took Mr. Fair, 36, on board. It returned to Clacton Pier where Clacton Coastguard met them and an ambulance was waiting to take Mr. Fair away. His condition was not known.
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