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 Dog in the Water 28/09/2003 at 17:21 Report of a dog in the water near the Martello pub and that a member of the public was swimming out to save the dog. The lifeboat was under way and 1min from the scene when it was informed that the dog and person were ashore safe and well. The lifeboat was then stood down Drilling Rig Alert Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly before 3pm today after a drilling platform making test borings on the Gunfleet Sands began to list. The floating rig has four jack-up legs and the two front ones had sunk three meters into the sand giving a list of about thirty degrees to the platform. The platform is owned by Seacore and was taking seabed samples as part of the development of an off-shore wind farm. Six men were on the rig and the lifeboat found four of them had launched their own safety boat, leaving two men on the rig. They were taken off by the lifeboat and all six were put aboard the Walton and Frinton lifeboat which had now arrived. The rig supervisor and his deputy then asked to go back to the rig to make a damage assessment and Clacton lifeboat stood by while this was carried-out, returning the men to the Walton boat. At 4.30pm Clacton lifeboat returned to the pier boathouse with two of the rig crew, and after changing crew herself , returned to the platform and stood by with the Walton boat until the tug “Herman” arrived. The remaining four rig crew were transferred to the tug, and both lifeboats were stood down. The platform was refloated on the high tide and taken to Felixstowe for closer inspection.   Calls for Help 20/09/2003 19.13   wind s/w/ 4/5 Report of someone shouting for help in the area of Brooklands Jaywick. An area search was carried out with nothing found coastguards agreed possible hoax. Small Dingy 31/08/2003 18.40  wind variable 1/2 Called to 2 boys in a small dingy hanging on to Lion Point reef breakwater. Both boys were recovered and landed back on the beach.   Ski Jet off Jaywick August 30.  Launched at 11:30 to a broken-down jet ski off Jaywick. On arrival the jet-ski had drifted ashore and was refloated and towed to Butlins Launch ramp.   Mayday from 34 foot Yacht August 28.  A “Mayday” call was received from a 34 foot yacht which had run aground near the Whitaker Number 6 Buoy, off the Foulness Sands. She was refloated and escorted to Burnham-on-Crouch.   Capsized Dinghy August 24.  Launched at 10:30 after a dinghy was reported capsized near Batemans Tower at Brightlingsea. Two people were found in the water, very cold and exhausted. They were taken ashore at Point Clear to receive medical attention. The lifeboat then returned to pick up the dinghy, which was also  towed to Point Clear. On their way back to Clacton the crew were called to a dinghy with two people on board with engine trouble off Jaywick. They were taken in tow and landed at Martello Bay, Clacton.   Smack "Joseph T" August 18.  Called at 18:10 after the smack “Joseph T” reported she was taking water 1/2 mile east of Colne Point buoy, in the Colne estuary. Walton lifeboat was also launched and took the vessel in tow to Brightlingsea. Meanwhile the Clacton boat was asked to investigate reports of a boat adrift off East Mersey. They found a 20 foot sailing boat with no-one on board 1/2 mile off Mersey scout camp in the river Blackwater at 19:25, and towed it into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat arrived back at Clacton at 20:35. Stranded on Sandy Point August 17.  Launched at 14:15 after a number of people were reported stranded on Sandy point, a sand bar off St Osyth. Seven people picked-up and landed at Orchards Caravan Park.  Motor Yacht August 16. Called at 1350 after a 30 foot motor yacht was reported broken-down  3/4 of a mile off Clacton pier. Taken in tow to Brightlingsea. Back on station at 1625. Aground at Jaywick Beach August 15.  Launched at 1407 to a 16 foot motor cruiser aground on Jaywick beach. Towed into deep water and escorted to Point Clear, St Osyth. Lifeboat returned at 1610.   Swimmer in Trouble 02/08/2003 14:23  wind s/e 1/2 Report of a 17yr old boy in trouble swimming of the old Butlins site as the boat arrived on scene the boy had made is way safely to the beach to awaiting coastguard mobile. RTN TO STN 14.35 Cut off by the Tide in Ray creek 05/08/2003  16:08 Called to 6 teenage boys cut off by the tide at ray creek .arrived on scene to find that 2 boys had made their own way ashore the 4 other boys where taken on board the d class and put ashore at point clear to awaiting coastguards. All the boys were found to be well and lifeboat rtn. RETURN TO STN 17.30 Swimmer in Trouble 07/08/2003   9:49am Report of a swimmer 1 mile east of Clacton Pier 300yds off the beach hanging onto a dan-bouy. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find a 30 yr old male had swam out too far and was not able to swim back in . The man was put on the d-class and was found to be very cold, lifeboat requested that a ambulance be called to meet the lifeboat on the beach next to Clacton pier .The swimmer was landed ashore were he was checked over by paramedics and released. The lifeboat then returned. Persons Under Clacton Pier 09/08/2003   17:05   wind south 1/2 Launched to assist Clacton beach patrol with a report of persons in trouble under Clacton pier 2 persons recovered by beach patrol and transferred to d-class and brought ashore then continued to search under the pier to look for any other swimmers, no one else was found and all units stood down. Swimmer in Trouble 14/08/2003   15:07   WIND N/E 1 Report of woman swimmer in trouble off Jaywick . Clacton coastguard arrived on scene first to find swimmer ashore safely The lifeboat was stood down and when returning to station came across 2 young boys in a blow up dingy 600yds off the Martello beach the 2 boys were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed back on the beach. Missing 6 Year Old 16/08/2003    15:22 Launched to assist Clacton beach patrol, the Police, Coastguards and Police helicopter in the search for missing 6yr old girl last seen by the water at Martello bay the other units had been searching for 45mins before the boat was requested after a further 30mins the girl was found over a mile away at Jaywick on the beach safe and well. Suicide 19/08/2003   20:50   WIND SOUTH 1/2 Clacton Police requested Lifeboat after man was seen by public walking out to sea (suicide) when lifeboat arrived on scene police had managed to talk the man out and lifeboat was stood down . Mel Winger (Press Officer)   Red Flares off St. Osyth July 17.  Called at 1605 to investigate a report of red flares seen in the area of Flag Creek, St Osyth.  Carried out search but nothing found. Back on station at 1730.   Yacht alongside Pier 12/07/2003    22:42   wind s/w 3/4 Called to a 18ft yacht banging up along the east side of Clacton Pier (no persons on board) taken under tow and put on lifeboat mooring . Owner had come ashore in tender, left tender on pier slipway not telling anyone. Owner turned up two days later to recover tender, by this time for safety reasons the yacht had been towed to B/sea for safe mooring, where the owner later collected the yacht no reason ever given why he left the yacht in the way he did. RETURNED TO STATION ON THE SAME NIGHT (12th) AT 23.30 Drifting Dingy 13/07/2003    18:00  n/e 3/4 The lifeboat had just launched on exercise when tasked on service to a blow up dingy drifting off Clacton golf course. The lifeboat arrived to find no person on board. The dingy was taken to the beach and handed to awaiting coastguards. The owners were safe and well on the beach. The lifeboat then carried on with its exercise. Kite Surfer in Trouble 15/07/2003    18:20  s/w 2 A kite surfer in trouble off the Martello bay. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the surfer was safely on the beach. Coastguards also called to the beach. Yacht aground at Hutleys Beach 20/07/2003    17:30  wind s/w 3 Launched to assist Atlantic 75 with Yacht aground at Hutleys beach, as the yacht was high and dry it was agreed the d-class could stand down and that the 75 would return early morning to watch yacht refloated on next tide.  Yacht "Mud Skipper" July 20.  Launched at 1755 after report received of yacht aground at Hutleys Beach, St Osyth. Found the 19 foot  “Mud Skipper” hard aground and unable to re-float. Returned next morning at 0500 and assisted to re-float her on the high tide. Back on station at 0600.   Drifting yacht Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat was launched Sat 12th July at 10.30pm when the yacht “Tumbledown” was reported drifting into Clacton pier. Nobody was on board the vessel, so to prevent further damage she was moored to the R.N.L.I. buoy off the slipway. She was towed to Brightlingsea as part of the lifeboats weekly exercise by the Atlantic 75 later that evening. During the same exercise the “D” class lifeboat was asked by the coastguards to investigate a rubber dingy floating off Clacton golf course. Again there was nobody on board, and the dingy was put ashore. 14 Foot sailing Dingy 25/07/2003    17:41     wind  n/e 3/4 A capsized 14 foot sailing dingy off Martello bay. Two persons recovered from the water and taken ashore to waiting Coastguard mobile lifeboat then re-launched to dingy, took it under tow and put her on the Martello beach. Busy Sunday Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched on exercise at 10am on Sunday 22nd June 2003.  At 1030 they were called by Thames Coastguard to a 37foot yacht “Lady Cressida” which had run aground on the Gunfleet sands some four miles off the coast. On arrival they found the yacht hard up on the sand, and after making sure the three people on board were ok it was agreed they would return on the flood tide and see the craft safely off. Having just returned to the boathouse they were again called, this time to assist the Walton beach patrol with a sunken speedboat off the beach at Frinton. The occupants were all ashore and the boat was towed as close to the beach as possible to be recovered at low water. The lifeboat returned to Clacton to be refuelled, and at 1.30pm returned to the Gunfleet sands along with the Walton lifeboat to see the “Lady Cressida” off the sands and back into deep water. The lifeboat was back at the boathouse by 3.30pm and the rest of the day was spent sorting-out an intermittent engine problem which resulted in the port engine having to be changed. Another busy day in the life of the Clacton lifeboat!  Speedboat Aground Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 1.45 pm on Monday 16th June 2003when a speedboat was reported with engine problems off Mersey Island. When the lifeboat arrived it found the speedboat had been driven onto the beach by the tide at the eastern end of the island. A tow line was taken ashore and the boat and its seven occupants-three adults and four children- were taken to Point Clear from where they had launched. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.30pm. Man on slipway 28/05/2003 Clacton’s lifeboat crew were called to the pier at 2.20am today when a man was reported to be on the boathouse slipway. He had been seen earlier in the water but it was not known how he reached the slipway. The crew opened the doors and helped him to safety.   Man in Water Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat as launched at 9pm on Saturday 24th May 2003 after a man was reported in the sea to the east side of the pier. He was found 500 meters out to sea and was in considerable difficulty, the lifeboat crew having to pull him from under the water. First aid was administered as he was taken to the piers east slipway where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Colchester hospital.   Yacht Bonny Girl The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st May 2003 when the yacht “Bonny Girl” was reported aground on the Middle Sunk sands ten miles south-east of Clacton. The vessel was on passage from Chatham in Kent to the Baltic. Walton lifeboat was also called and an attempt was made to re-float the yacht. This being unsuccessful the Walton boat stood by until the vessel floated off on the next tide. The Clacton lifeboat was back on station at 11.15pm.   Report of Woman in Sea The “D” class lifeboat was launched at 11.40pm on Monday 19th May 2003 and asked to carry-out a search for a woman reported missing who it was feared may have walked into the sea. With the police and coastguards searching the beaches, the lifeboat searched an area from Clacton pier to Holland Haven. Nothing being found the lifeboat returned to station at 1am.   Lady Moon 29/04/2003 Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 8.45pm after the 16 foot yacht “Lady Moon” with one person on board was reported aground on Sandy Point at the entrance to the Colne Estuary. A crew member was put aboard and the vessel taken in tow to Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 10.15pm. Inflatable Toy 23/04/2003 The "D" class was launched on Good Friday at 1130am when a young boy was carried out to sea on an inflatable toy. He was on the beach near to the car park at Jaywick and was picked-up half a mile out to sea off Tower Camp. He was taken back to shore, and the lifeboat was back on station at 12 noon.   Jet Skiers rescued 14/04/2003 Clacton’s two lifeboats were launched at 3.15pm today when two male jet skiers were reported in difficulties in the Colne estuary off Point Clear. They had launched from Martello Bay, Clacton, and both had engine problems. When the lifeboats reached them they were both feeling the effects of the cold breeze and it was decided to take them into Brightlingsea where they were met by the Coastguard mobile unit. The two jet skis were towed back to Martello bay, and the lifeboats were back on station by 5pm. Five rescued from speedboat 17/03/2003 Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 5.20pm today after coastguards received an emergency phone call from a speedboat which had broken down in the Colne Estuary. With the light fading the lifeboat crew found the speedboat one mile south-west of the “Molliette beacon” in an area known as the Bench Head. The five people on board were feeling the effects of the cold wind, two of them near to hypothermia. A tow was put aboard and they were taken as quickly as was possible to Brightlingsea where they were met by the coastguard mobile unit and taken into the harbour-masters office to recover. These people were lucky that they were able to use a mobile phone to make an emergency call, as they had no other means of raising the alarm on board. At this time of year it can become cold very quickly once the sun has set, and had they not been found so soon there could have been a more tragic outcome. Kite Surfer 13/03/2003 Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat was launched at 3.20pm when a fifty-four year old kite-surfer got into difficulties off Clacton’s West beach. He was blown by the strong winds onto the Martello Bay rock breakwater. Two members of the lifeboat crew climbed onto the breakwater to recover his equipment before getting him and his gear to shore where he was met by coastguards. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.50pm

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 Dog in the Water 28/09/2003 at 17:21 Report of a dog in the water near the Martello pub and that a member of the public was swimming out to save the dog. The lifeboat was under way and 1min from the scene when it was informed that the dog and person were ashore safe and well. The lifeboat was then stood down Drilling Rig Alert Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly before 3pm today after a drilling platform making test borings on the Gunfleet Sands began to list. The floating rig has four jack- up legs and the two front ones had sunk three meters into the sand giving a list of about thirty degrees to the platform. The platform is owned by Seacore and was taking seabed samples as part of the development of an off-shore wind farm. Six men were on the rig and the lifeboat found four of them had launched their own safety boat, leaving two men on the rig. They were taken off by the lifeboat and all six were put aboard the Walton and Frinton lifeboat which had now arrived. The rig supervisor and his deputy then asked to go back to the rig to make a damage assessment and Clacton lifeboat stood by while this was carried-out, returning the men to the Walton boat. At 4.30pm Clacton lifeboat returned to the pier boathouse with two of the rig crew, and after changing crew herself , returned to the platform and stood by with the Walton boat until the tug “Herman” arrived. The remaining four rig crew were transferred to the tug, and both lifeboats were stood down. The platform was refloated on the high tide and taken to Felixstowe for closer inspection.   Calls for Help 20/09/2003 19.13   wind s/w/ 4/5 Report of someone shouting for help in the area of Brooklands Jaywick. An area search was carried out with nothing found coastguards agreed possible hoax. Small Dingy 31/08/2003 18.40  wind variable 1/2 Called to 2 boys in a small dingy hanging on to Lion Point reef breakwater. Both boys were recovered and landed back on the beach.   Ski Jet off Jaywick August 30.  Launched at 11:30 to a broken-down jet ski off Jaywick. On arrival the jet-ski had drifted ashore and was refloated and towed to Butlins Launch ramp.   Mayday from 34 foot Yacht August 28.  A “Mayday” call was received from a 34 foot yacht which had run aground near the Whitaker Number 6 Buoy, off the Foulness Sands. She was refloated and escorted to Burnham-on-Crouch.   Capsized Dinghy August 24.  Launched at 10:30 after a dinghy was reported capsized near Batemans Tower at Brightlingsea. Two people were found in the water, very cold and exhausted. They were taken ashore at Point Clear to receive medical attention. The lifeboat then returned to pick up the dinghy, which was also  towed to Point Clear. On their way back to Clacton the crew were called to a dinghy with two people on board with engine trouble off Jaywick. They were taken in tow and landed at Martello Bay, Clacton.   Smack "Joseph T" August 18.  Called at 18:10 after the smack “Joseph T” reported she was taking water 1/2 mile east of Colne Point buoy, in the Colne estuary. Walton lifeboat was also launched and took the vessel in tow to Brightlingsea. Meanwhile the Clacton boat was asked to investigate reports of a boat adrift off East Mersey. They found a 20 foot sailing boat with no-one on board 1/2 mile off Mersey scout camp in the river Blackwater at 19:25, and towed it into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat arrived back at Clacton at 20:35. Stranded on Sandy Point August 17.  Launched at 14:15 after a number of people were reported stranded on Sandy point, a sand bar off St Osyth. Seven people picked-up and landed at Orchards Caravan Park.  Motor Yacht August 16. Called at 1350 after a 30 foot motor yacht was reported broken-down  3/4 of a mile off Clacton pier. Taken in tow to Brightlingsea. Back on station at 1625. Aground at Jaywick Beach August 15.  Launched at 1407 to a 16 foot motor cruiser aground on Jaywick beach. Towed into deep water and escorted to Point Clear, St Osyth. Lifeboat returned at 1610.   Swimmer in Trouble 02/08/2003 14:23  wind s/e 1/2 Report of a 17yr old boy in trouble swimming of the old Butlins site as the boat arrived on scene the boy had made is way safely to the beach to awaiting coastguard mobile. RTN TO STN 14.35 Cut off by the Tide in Ray creek 05/08/2003  16:08 Called to 6 teenage boys cut off by the tide at ray creek .arrived on scene to find that 2 boys had made their own way ashore the 4 other boys where taken on board the d class and put ashore at point clear to awaiting coastguards. All the boys were found to be well and lifeboat rtn. RETURN TO STN 17.30 Swimmer in Trouble 07/08/2003   9:49am Report of a swimmer 1 mile east of Clacton Pier 300yds off the beach hanging onto a dan-bouy. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find a 30 yr old male had swam out too far and was not able to swim back in . The man was put on the d-class and was found to be very cold, lifeboat requested that a ambulance be called to meet the lifeboat on the beach next to Clacton pier .The swimmer was landed ashore were he was checked over by paramedics and released. The lifeboat then returned. Persons Under Clacton Pier 09/08/2003   17:05   wind south 1/2 Launched to assist Clacton beach patrol with a report of persons in trouble under Clacton pier 2 persons recovered by beach patrol and transferred to d-class and brought ashore then continued to search under the pier to look for any other swimmers, no one else was found and all units stood down. Swimmer in Trouble 14/08/2003   15:07   WIND N/E 1 Report of woman swimmer in trouble off Jaywick . Clacton coastguard arrived on scene first to find swimmer ashore safely The lifeboat was stood down and when returning to station came across 2 young boys in a blow up dingy 600yds off the Martello beach the 2 boys were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed back on the beach. Missing 6 Year Old 16/08/2003    15:22 Launched to assist Clacton beach patrol, the Police, Coastguards and Police helicopter in the search for missing 6yr old girl last seen by the water at Martello bay the other units had been searching for 45mins before the boat was requested after a further 30mins the girl was found over a mile away at Jaywick on the beach safe and well. Suicide 19/08/2003   20:50   WIND SOUTH 1/2 Clacton Police requested Lifeboat after man was seen by public walking out to sea (suicide) when lifeboat arrived on scene police had managed to talk the man out and lifeboat was stood down . Mel Winger (Press Officer)   Red Flares off St. Osyth July 17.  Called at 1605 to investigate a report of red flares seen in the area of Flag Creek, St Osyth.  Carried out search but nothing found. Back on station at 1730.   Yacht alongside Pier 12/07/2003    22:42   wind s/w 3/4 Called to a 18ft yacht banging up along the east side of Clacton Pier (no persons on board) taken under tow and put on lifeboat mooring . Owner had come ashore in tender, left tender on pier slipway not telling anyone. Owner turned up two days later to recover tender, by this time for safety reasons the yacht had been towed to B/sea for safe mooring, where the owner later collected the yacht no reason ever given why he left the yacht in the way he did. RETURNED TO STATION ON THE SAME NIGHT (12th) AT 23.30 Drifting Dingy 13/07/2003    18:00  n/e 3/4 The lifeboat had just launched on exercise when tasked on service to a blow up dingy drifting off Clacton golf course. The lifeboat arrived to find no person on board. The dingy was taken to the beach and handed to awaiting coastguards. The owners were safe and well on the beach. The lifeboat then carried on with its exercise. Kite Surfer in Trouble 15/07/2003    18:20  s/w 2 A kite surfer in trouble off the Martello bay. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the surfer was safely on the beach. Coastguards also called to the beach. Yacht aground at Hutleys Beach 20/07/2003    17:30  wind s/w 3 Launched to assist Atlantic 75 with Yacht aground at Hutleys beach, as the yacht was high and dry it was agreed the d-class could stand down and that the 75 would return early morning to watch yacht refloated on next tide.  Yacht "Mud Skipper" July 20.  Launched at 1755 after report received of yacht aground at Hutleys Beach, St Osyth. Found the 19 foot  “Mud Skipper” hard aground and unable to re-float. Returned next morning at 0500 and assisted to re-float her on the high tide. Back on station at 0600.   Drifting yacht Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat was launched Sat 12th July at 10.30pm when the yacht “Tumbledown” was reported drifting into Clacton pier. Nobody was on board the vessel, so to prevent further damage she was moored to the R.N.L.I. buoy off the slipway. She was towed to Brightlingsea as part of the lifeboats weekly exercise by the Atlantic 75 later that evening. During the same exercise the “D” class lifeboat was asked by the coastguards to investigate a rubber dingy floating off Clacton golf course. Again there was nobody on board, and the dingy was put ashore. 14 Foot sailing Dingy 25/07/2003    17:41     wind  n/e 3/4 A capsized 14 foot sailing dingy off Martello bay. Two persons recovered from the water and taken ashore to waiting Coastguard mobile lifeboat then re-launched to dingy, took it under tow and put her on the Martello beach. Busy Sunday Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched on exercise at 10am on Sunday 22nd June 2003.  At 1030 they were called by Thames Coastguard to a 37foot yacht “Lady Cressida” which had run aground on the Gunfleet sands some four miles off the coast. On arrival they found the yacht hard up on the sand, and after making sure the three people on board were ok it was agreed they would return on the flood tide and see the craft safely off. Having just returned to the boathouse they were again called, this time to assist the Walton beach patrol with a sunken speedboat off the beach at Frinton. The occupants were all ashore and the boat was towed as close to the beach as possible to be recovered at low water. The lifeboat returned to Clacton to be refuelled, and at 1.30pm returned to the Gunfleet sands along with the Walton lifeboat to see the “Lady Cressida” off the sands and back into deep water. The lifeboat was back at the boathouse by 3.30pm and the rest of the day was spent sorting-out an intermittent engine problem which resulted in the port engine having to be changed. Another busy day in the life of the Clacton lifeboat!  Speedboat Aground Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 1.45 pm on Monday 16th June 2003when a speedboat was reported with engine problems off Mersey Island. When the lifeboat arrived it found the speedboat had been driven onto the beach by the tide at the eastern end of the island. A tow line was taken ashore and the boat and its seven occupants-three adults and four children- were taken to Point Clear from where they had launched. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.30pm. Man on slipway 28/05/2003 Clacton’s lifeboat crew were called to the pier at 2.20am today when a man was reported to be on the boathouse slipway. He had been seen earlier in the water but it was not known how he reached the slipway. The crew opened the doors and helped him to safety.   Man in Water Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat as launched at 9pm on Saturday 24th May 2003 after a man was reported in the sea to the east side of the pier. He was found 500 meters out to sea and was in considerable difficulty, the lifeboat crew having to pull him from under the water. First aid was administered as he was taken to the piers east slipway where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Colchester hospital.   Yacht Bonny Girl The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st May 2003 when the yacht “Bonny Girl” was reported aground on the Middle Sunk sands ten miles south-east of Clacton. The vessel was on passage from Chatham in Kent to the Baltic. Walton lifeboat was also called and an attempt was made to re-float the yacht. This being unsuccessful the Walton boat stood by until the vessel floated off on the next tide. The Clacton lifeboat was back on station at 11.15pm.   Report of Woman in Sea The “D” class lifeboat was launched at 11.40pm on Monday 19th May 2003 and asked to carry-out a search for a woman reported missing who it was feared may have walked into the sea. With the police and coastguards searching the beaches, the lifeboat searched an area from Clacton pier to Holland Haven. Nothing being found the lifeboat returned to station at 1am.   Lady Moon 29/04/2003 Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 8.45pm after the 16 foot yacht “Lady Moon” with one person on board was reported aground on Sandy Point at the entrance to the Colne Estuary. A crew member was put aboard and the vessel taken in tow to Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 10.15pm. Inflatable Toy 23/04/2003 The "D" class was launched on Good Friday at 1130am when a young boy was carried out to sea on an inflatable toy. He was on the beach near to the car park at Jaywick and was picked-up half a mile out to sea off Tower Camp. He was taken back to shore, and the lifeboat was back on station at 12 noon.   Jet Skiers rescued 14/04/2003 Clacton’s two lifeboats were launched at 3.15pm today when two male jet skiers were reported in difficulties in the Colne estuary off Point Clear. They had launched from Martello Bay, Clacton, and both had engine problems. When the lifeboats reached them they were both feeling the effects of the cold breeze and it was decided to take them into Brightlingsea where they were met by the Coastguard mobile unit. The two jet skis were towed back to Martello bay, and the lifeboats were back on station by 5pm. Five rescued from speedboat 17/03/2003 Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched at 5.20pm today after coastguards received an emergency phone call from a speedboat which had broken down in the Colne Estuary. With the light fading the lifeboat crew found the speedboat one mile south-west of the “Molliette beacon” in an area known as the Bench Head. The five people on board were feeling the effects of the cold wind, two of them near to hypothermia. A tow was put aboard and they were taken as quickly as was possible to Brightlingsea where they were met by the coastguard mobile unit and taken into the harbour-masters office to recover. These people were lucky that they were able to use a mobile phone to make an emergency call, as they had no other means of raising the alarm on board. At this time of year it can become cold very quickly once the sun has set, and had they not been found so soon there could have been a more tragic outcome. Kite Surfer 13/03/2003 Clacton’s “D” class lifeboat was launched at 3.20pm when a fifty-four year old kite-surfer got into difficulties off Clacton’s West beach. He was blown by the strong winds onto the Martello Bay rock breakwater. Two members of the lifeboat crew climbed onto the breakwater to recover his equipment before getting him and his gear to shore where he was met by coastguards. The lifeboat was back on station at 3.50pm
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