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Yacht Ranisa Just after 9 pm on Sunday 24th September 2000 Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a vessel firing flares off Clacton. The 26 foot yacht "Ranisa" had run out of fuel and was dragging her anchor. Realising that the crew were in difficulty, it was decided to take the yacht in tow to Brightlingsea where she was met by the Coastguard. Clacton lifeboat was back on station shortly before midnight. 25/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Fishing Vessel Barbarrossa Shortly before 9am on Thursday 21st September 2000 Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) lifeboat was launched to assist the fishing vessel "Barbarrossa"  of  Tolesbury. Fishing off Jaywick she had failed her propeller in her own nets. With two hours to go to low water the vessel was towed to the beach at Jaywick and put aground. The lifeboat laid out an anchor to help when she refloated. The three man crew of the "Barbarrossa" cleared the propeller at low water, and were back afloat by early afternoon. 21/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Yacht Sophic Lee Just after 3 pm on Saturday 16th September 2000 The Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) was launched to go to the aid of a yacht in difficulties off Brightlingsea. Whilst on their way the Coastguard radioed to say that the charter fishing boat 'Sophic Lee' belonging to retired Clacton Lifeboatman Lee Bollingbroke was alongside the yacht and would assist her into Brightlingsea. With the situation under control, the Lifeboat returned to Clacton. 16/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Magnum Force Clacton's Atlantic 75 Lifeboat (B-774) was launched at 7:30 pm on Sunday 27th August 2000 to go to the assistance of the yacht Magnum Force aground near the Ridge Bouy. The boat was helped into deep water, and continued to Burnham unaided. The Lifeboat was back on station at 9 pm. 28/08/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Yacht Bon Ami Shortly before 4 pm on the 14 August 2000 the Clacton Atlantic Lifeboat 75 (B-774) was launched to go to the aid of a yacht "Bon Ami" reported aground in the Middle Sunk. On reaching the scene the 27 foot yacht refloated but had suffered rudder damage. Taking the vessel in tow they rendezvoused with the Walton Lifeboat at the North Middle who took over the tow into Brightlingsea. The Clacton Lifeboat was back on station at 6 pm. 15/08/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Rebecca Clacton Atlantic Lifeboat 75 (B-774) was called at 2 pm to go to the aid of the yacht "Rebecca" aground south of the Wallet Spitway. After laying out an anchor to prevent the yacht going further aground the lifeboat returned to Clacton to refuel and await the tide. Returning to the "Rebecca" at 7 pm the crew assisted her off the sands and escorted her into Brightlingsea. While the Atlantic 75 was dealing with this call another yacht the "Orion" ran aground on the Colne Bar. Clacton's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat (D-302) went to assist and having taken one of the yachts two crew aboard, pulled her clear of the sands and again escorted her into Brightlinsea. 15/08//2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Sailing Vessel in Difficalties Shortly before 18:00 Hrs on the 21st July 2000 Thames Coastguard received a 999 call saying a small sailing vessel was in difficalties off the Gunfleet Boating Club at Holland on Sea. Clactons Atlantic 75 (B-744) Lifeboat was launched and carried out a search but found nothing. Meanwhile a coastguard mobile unit had located the caller near the telephone box at the seafront end of Russel Road in Clacton and established that the boat in question was safely beached at the Gunfleet Sailing Club. The message was relayed to the lifeboat, who returned close to shore to check everything was ok. The lifeboat was back on station at 18:45 Hrs. 27/07/2000 (Press Officer) Jet-Skier At 21:30 Hrs on the 7th July 2000 The Atlantic 75 (B-744) Lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a jet-skier off the Haven at Holland on Sea. Having run out of petrol the skier was seen safely ashore, the lifeboat returning to station at 22:00 Hrs 12/07/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Nylepta The Atlantic 75 (B-744) had to be launched after a yacht broke down off the coast. The yacht Nylepta was towed into Brightlingsea on Sunday 4th June 2000 16/06/2000 (Clacton Gazette) Three Teenagers Clacton Lifeboat was called out on Sunday 7th May 2000 at 15:30 (relief Atlantic 21) Three teenagers found themselves in difficulty when they were carried by the tide into Ray Creek at Point Clear, St. Osyth. They managed to tie the small dinghy they were in to a mooring bouy, and one of them swam ashore to seek assistance. A man from Point Clear side of the creek, seeing what was happening launched his own dinghy and rowed out to help. Unfortunately one of his rowlocks broke and he was only able to reach the other dinghy, where he too tied to the mooring bouy. Clactons relief Atlantic 21 Lifeboat was called and picked up the first youngster from the shore, collect the occupants of both dinghies and put them and their boats ashore at Point Clear.  The Lifeboat was back on her moorings at 17:00Hrs 07/05/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Out of Fuel Clactons D-Class Lifeboat D-431 was on excercise Sunday 7th May 2000 when it was called to the assistance of a power boat which had run out of fuel. The boat was found aground at Colne Point, and towed into Brightlinsea. 07/05/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Engine Trouble After one of the longest quiet periods for many years, Clacton Lifeboat was called into action today 27th April 2000. A speed boat with two people on board was reported to have engine trouble near the Inner Bench Head. The Lifeboat launched at 12:30 and having found the speed boat, took it in tow to Brightlingsea. This was the first service call for the relief Atlantic 21 on station while repairs are carried out on the slipway. 24/04/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Injured Person Thames Coastguard called out Clacton Lifeboat (B-774) at 15:30 on 22/02/2000 to go to the assistance of a powered inflatable dinghy half mile off St. Osyth beach. There were two persons reported on the dinghy. One had fallen overboard and suffered an injury to his leg from the crafts propeller. When the lifeboat arrived at the scene the person who had fallen overboard was back on board. The lifeboat crew gave immediate first aid assistance to the injured person who apart from his injury was feeling very cold. Arrangement were made to take the injured person immediately to West Beach Clacton where an air ambulance was planning to land. Before leaving , the lifeboat crew arranged with another craft that was in the vicinity to stand by the dinghy and escort it inshore. Once the lifeboat had landed the injured person at West Beach to the air ambulance that was waiting to take the person to hospital it headed back to the dinghy to see the other person safely ashore. By the time the lifeboat got back there the other person was seen to be paddling the dinghy ashore with the attendant craft which had remained with it watching it closely. Once the person and his dinghy were reported and seen safe ashore at St. Osyth Beach the lifeboat was cleared to return to base. Fortunately the weather was good throughout the incident with a calm sea. 23/02/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Unsure of Position Clacton's Lifeboat (B-774) was called out Monday 31st January 1999 at 19:00Hrs for a yacht that was unsure of its position in the vicinity of the East Swin channel. Once it was confirmed that the yacht was proceeding on its journey and did not require assistance the lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again by 20:30Hrs. 01/02/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)   Boat Sinking near Bench Head Buoy At 16:30Hrs on Sunday 30th January 1999 The Clacton Lifeboat (B-774) and West Mersea Lifeboat were both called out by Thames Coastguard to assist two persons on a 19ft angling boat. The boat was reported to be sinking at the entrance to the Colne River near the Bench Head Buoy. By 16:55Hrs Clacton Lifeboat with the assistance of an RAF Rescue helicopter had found the boat, and went alongside and took the persons into the lifeboat. In view of the fading light, strong wind and rough seas Thames Coastguard requested the RAF Rescue helicopter to winch both persons off the lifeboat and land them at Bradwell Marina. In the meantime the West Mersea lifeboat had taken the boat in tow and headed inshore to Brightlingsea. Because of the strong wind and rough sea conditions Clacton Lifeboat stayed with the West Mersea Lifeboat during the tow into Brightlingsea in order to assist if it became necessary. Once West Mersea Lifeboat had got the angling boat safely alongside in Brightlingsea Clacton Lifeboat returned to Clacton and was reported ready for service again by 18:40Hrs On this trip the crew were Rob Bradbrook, Tim Dye and Darren Nicholson. 31/01/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)

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Yacht Ranisa Just after 9 pm on Sunday 24th September 2000 Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a vessel firing flares off Clacton. The 26 foot yacht "Ranisa" had run out of fuel and was dragging her anchor. Realising that the crew were in difficulty, it was decided to take the yacht in tow to Brightlingsea where she was met by the Coastguard. Clacton lifeboat was back on station shortly before midnight. 25/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Fishing Vessel Barbarrossa Shortly before 9am on Thursday 21st September 2000 Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) lifeboat was launched to assist the fishing vessel "Barbarrossa"  of  Tolesbury. Fishing off Jaywick she had failed her propeller in her own nets. With two hours to go to low water the vessel was towed to the beach at Jaywick and put aground. The lifeboat laid out an anchor to help when she refloated. The three man crew of the "Barbarrossa" cleared the propeller at low water, and were back afloat by early afternoon. 21/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Yacht Sophic Lee Just after 3 pm on Saturday 16th September 2000 The Clacton Atlantic 75 (B-744) was launched to go to the aid of a yacht in difficulties off Brightlingsea. Whilst on their way the Coastguard radioed to say that the charter fishing boat 'Sophic Lee' belonging to retired Clacton Lifeboatman Lee Bollingbroke was alongside the yacht and would assist her into Brightlingsea. With the situation under control, the Lifeboat returned to Clacton. 16/09/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Magnum Force Clacton's Atlantic 75 Lifeboat (B-774) was launched at 7:30 pm on Sunday 27th August 2000 to go to the assistance of the yacht Magnum Force aground near the Ridge Bouy. The boat was helped into deep water, and continued to Burnham unaided. The Lifeboat was back on station at 9 pm. 28/08/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Yacht Bon Ami Shortly before 4 pm on the 14 August 2000 the Clacton Atlantic Lifeboat 75 (B-774) was launched to go to the aid of a yacht "Bon Ami" reported aground in the Middle Sunk. On reaching the scene the 27 foot yacht refloated but had suffered rudder damage. Taking the vessel in tow they rendezvoused with the Walton Lifeboat at the North Middle who took over the tow into Brightlingsea. The Clacton Lifeboat was back on station at 6 pm. 15/08/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Rebecca Clacton Atlantic Lifeboat 75 (B-774) was called at 2 pm to go to the aid of the yacht "Rebecca" aground south of the Wallet Spitway. After laying out an anchor to prevent the yacht going further aground the lifeboat returned to Clacton to refuel and await the tide. Returning to the "Rebecca" at 7 pm the crew assisted her off the sands and escorted her into Brightlingsea. While the Atlantic 75 was dealing with this call another yacht the "Orion" ran aground on the Colne Bar. Clacton's D-Class Inshore Lifeboat (D-302) went to assist and having taken one of the yachts two crew aboard, pulled her clear of the sands and again escorted her into Brightlinsea. 15/08//2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Sailing Vessel in Difficalties Shortly before 18:00 Hrs on the 21st July 2000 Thames Coastguard received a 999 call saying a small sailing vessel was in difficalties off the Gunfleet Boating Club at Holland on Sea. Clactons Atlantic 75 (B-744) Lifeboat was launched and carried out a search but found nothing. Meanwhile a coastguard mobile unit had located the caller near the telephone box at the seafront end of Russel Road in Clacton and established that the boat in question was safely beached at the Gunfleet Sailing Club. The message was relayed to the lifeboat, who returned close to shore to check everything was ok. The lifeboat was back on station at 18:45 Hrs. 27/07/2000 (Press Officer) Jet-Skier At 21:30 Hrs on the 7th July 2000 The Atlantic 75 (B-744) Lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a jet-skier off the Haven at Holland on Sea. Having run out of petrol the skier was seen safely ashore, the lifeboat returning to station at 22:00 Hrs 12/07/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Yacht Nylepta The Atlantic 75 (B-744) had to be launched after a yacht broke down off the coast. The yacht Nylepta was towed into Brightlingsea on Sunday 4th June 2000 16/06/2000 (Clacton Gazette) Three Teenagers Clacton Lifeboat was called out on Sunday 7th May 2000 at 15:30 (relief Atlantic 21) Three teenagers found themselves in difficulty when they were carried by the tide into Ray Creek at Point Clear, St. Osyth. They managed to tie the small dinghy they were in to a mooring bouy, and one of them swam ashore to seek assistance. A man from Point Clear side of the creek, seeing what was happening launched his own dinghy and rowed out to help. Unfortunately one of his rowlocks broke and he was only able to reach the other dinghy, where he too tied to the mooring bouy. Clactons relief Atlantic 21 Lifeboat was called and picked up the first youngster from the shore, collect the occupants of both dinghies and put them and their boats ashore at Point Clear.  The Lifeboat was back on her moorings at 17:00Hrs 07/05/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Out of Fuel Clactons D-Class Lifeboat D-431 was on excercise Sunday 7th May 2000 when it was called to the assistance of a power boat which had run out of fuel. The boat was found aground at Colne Point, and towed into Brightlinsea. 07/05/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Engine Trouble After one of the longest quiet periods for many years, Clacton Lifeboat was called into action today 27th April 2000. A speed boat with two people on board was reported to have engine trouble near the Inner Bench Head. The Lifeboat launched at 12:30 and having found the speed boat, took it in tow to Brightlingsea. This was the first service call for the relief Atlantic 21 on station while repairs are carried out on the slipway. 24/04/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)  Injured Person Thames Coastguard called out Clacton Lifeboat (B-774) at 15:30 on 22/02/2000 to go to the assistance of a powered inflatable dinghy half mile off St. Osyth beach. There were two persons reported on the dinghy. One had fallen overboard and suffered an injury to his leg from the crafts propeller. When the lifeboat arrived at the scene the person who had fallen overboard was back on board. The lifeboat crew gave immediate first aid assistance to the injured person who apart from his injury was feeling very cold. Arrangement were made to take the injured person immediately to West Beach Clacton where an air ambulance was planning to land. Before leaving , the lifeboat crew arranged with another craft that was in the vicinity to stand by the dinghy and escort it inshore. Once the lifeboat had landed the injured person at West Beach to the air ambulance that was waiting to take the person to hospital it headed back to the dinghy to see the other person safely ashore. By the time the lifeboat got back there the other person was seen to be paddling the dinghy ashore with the attendant craft which had remained with it watching it closely. Once the person and his dinghy were reported and seen safe ashore at St. Osyth Beach the lifeboat was cleared to return to base. Fortunately the weather was good throughout the incident with a calm sea. 23/02/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer) Unsure of Position Clacton's Lifeboat (B-774) was called out Monday 31st January 1999 at 19:00Hrs for a yacht that was unsure of its position in the vicinity of the East Swin channel. Once it was confirmed that the yacht was proceeding on its journey and did not require assistance the lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again by 20:30Hrs. 01/02/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)   Boat Sinking near Bench Head Buoy At 16:30Hrs on Sunday 30th January 1999 The Clacton Lifeboat (B-774) and West Mersea Lifeboat were both called out by Thames Coastguard to assist two persons on a 19ft angling boat. The boat was reported to be sinking at the entrance to the Colne River near the Bench Head Buoy. By 16:55Hrs Clacton Lifeboat with the assistance of an RAF Rescue helicopter had found the boat, and went alongside and took the persons into the lifeboat. In view of the fading light, strong wind and rough seas Thames Coastguard requested the RAF Rescue helicopter to winch both persons off the lifeboat and land them at Bradwell Marina. In the meantime the West Mersea lifeboat had taken the boat in tow and headed inshore to Brightlingsea. Because of the strong wind and rough sea conditions Clacton Lifeboat stayed with the West Mersea Lifeboat during the tow into Brightlingsea in order to assist if it became necessary. Once West Mersea Lifeboat had got the angling boat safely alongside in Brightlingsea Clacton Lifeboat returned to Clacton and was reported ready for service again by 18:40Hrs On this trip the crew were Rob Bradbrook, Tim Dye and Darren Nicholson. 31/01/2000 Mel Winger (Press Officer)
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