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Assist Police Clactons' D class lifeboat launched at 3.50pm on 18th December to assist police in a search for a young person reported missing from the pier. After almost an hour the lifeboat was stood-down and returned to station. Crew: Mark Davy, Tim Sutton, Danny Thatcher   Girl in Sea The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly after 5pm when a report was received of someone seen to jump form the sea wall near the pier. It was high tide and the on- shore wind was gusting to force nine. After making only about four hundred yards out to sea, it was obvious to the crew that conditions made any kind of rescue impossible. The lifeboat returned to shore where it was driven onto the beach, a normal trailer recovery being too dangerous to attempt. Senior helmsman, Tim Dye, said it was the worst conditions he had ever experienced and would have endangered the lives of the crew had they continued. It turned out that the girl had jumped down onto some rocks, and was never in any danger. The lifeboat was recovered using the beached recovery method, something the crew had only practiced previously, and was back on station at 5.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davy, Adrian Rose 21/11/2007   Capsized Jet Ski The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 4.30pm on 15th September to a capsized jet ski off Lion Point, Jaywick. Three people were in the water, two adults and a ten year old boy. It is thought one of the adults had swum out from the shore to give assistance. They were brought ashore at Lion Point, the lifeboat crew requesting an ambulance for the youngster who was showing signs of hypothermia. They were met by the Coastguards who took control awaiting the arrival of medical attention. The lifeboat was back on station at 5.40pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Davy, Darren Simper   Engine Fire The Atlantic 75 launched at 12.55pm on the 9th September to the 36 foot motor cruiser “Great Dane” which had reported a fire in it’s engine bay. The cruiser had dropped anchor in the area of the North East Maplin buoy about ten miles south south-east of Clacton. On arrival at the vessel the crew found the fire had been extinguished by the three people on board and a check was carried-out to make sure it was ok to restart the engines. The vessel was on passage to Southend and the Atlantic 75 lifeboat from Burnham-on-Crouch arrived to escort her for part of the way and Southend lifeboat was asked to take over the last part of the trip. The Clacton boat was back on station at 14.20pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Tim Sutton, Adrian Rose   Yacht “Graylag” The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched on 5th September at 1120am after a mayday report was received from the 30 foot yacht “Graylag” which had run aground on the Buxey Sand, four and a half miles south of Point Clear. The vessel was well aground and could not be pulled free. The Tyne class lifeboat from Walton was also called and a woman crew member from the yacht was transferred by the Clacton boat to the larger lifeboat. With the tide still falling both lifeboats stood by until the flood tide was sufficient for the Walton boat to pull the yacht into deeper water and tow her into Bradwell. The Clacton boat was back on station at 3pm. One of the crew on the Clacton boat was Jenny Neal. This will probably be her last rescue as she is joining the Royal Navy. For the last few years Jenny has been a much valued member of the crew, and she will be greatly missed. Crew: Chris French (helm), Jenny Neal, Danny Thatcher, Richard Smith 06/09/2007   Cruiser `Wikkita` 14 July  5.10pm.  Called to the cruiser “Wikkita” having problems with an over-heating engine. Taken in tow to the Eagle buoy, where West Mersea’s Atlantic 75 took over the tow to Bradwell Marina. Jet Ski 4 July  9.07pm. A jet ski was reported aground at Sandy Point. The lifeboat arrived to find the ski had been refloated and returned to station.   Broken Mast 1 July  4.30pm.   Called to a 30 foot yacht with a broken mast a quarter of a mile south of the pier. The mast and rigging were stowed securely on deck and the two people on board made their own way to Brightlingsea. Dinghy 1 July  1145am.  Whilst on exercise the 75 was called to a topper dinghy which had capsized with two teenagers aboard. Vessel and crew were bought ashore. Person in Water 13 June  1.15am. The Atlantic 75 launched to a report of a person in the water off the beach below Tower Road. Assisted coastguards with search but nothing found.   Man Under Pier The “D” class lifeboat launched at 7.50pm after a report was received of a person in the water under the town’s pier. The lifeboat found a middle aged man clinging to one of the piles and took him to the east beach where he was met by the police. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.30pm. Crew: Mark Davy (helm), Tim Dye, Adrian Rose 28/07/2007   Jump from pier ends in tragedy Both lifeboats based at Clacton launched at 6.35pm on Saturday 7th July after five men were seen jumping into the sea from the west side of the town’s pier. Two managed to swim ashore, one was floundering in the water and was picked-up by the “D” class lifeboat. Coastguards on the beach then directed the Atlantic 75 lifeboat to the east side of the pier where the other two men had been swept by the strong current. On reaching them both were floating in the water and unconscious. They were lifted aboard the lifeboat where resuscitation was given while they were taken to the beach where paramedics were waiting. The air-sea rescue helicopter landed on the beach and both men were taken to Colchester General Hospital. One was pronounced dead on arrival and the other remains in intensive care. The high tide was about three-quarters of an hour before the incident and was running quite fast, the water was very cold Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye  (helm), Kevin Lockert, Danny Thatcher D Class Crew: Tim Sutton  (helm), Ray Lynaugh   Engine Problems The Atlantic 75 was called at 7pm on Saturday 26 May 2007 to assist a 30 foot yacht with two people on board which had suffered engine failure. She had dropped anchor half a mile east of the Colne Bar buoy off Point Clear. The lifeboat took her in tow to Brightlingsea and returned to station at 9pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davey, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield   Kite Surfer A report as received at 2.45pm on the 19th May 2007 off a wind surfer in difficulties off the Clacton golf course. Both the Atlantic 75 and D class boats launched and arrived to find the surfer wading ashore. After making sure he had no injuries the boats returned to station. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davey, Ryan Carvey D Class Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Richard Smith, Trevor Shepard 32 foot cabin cruiser The Atlantic 75 was called at 5pm to the aid of a 32 foot cabin cruiser which had engine problems. The cruiser was in the Colne estuary off Mersey Island and was taken in tow to Rowhedge. The lifeboat was back on station at 7pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Richard Smith, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield 09/05/2007   Dinghies Becalmed Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called to assist when two sailing dinghies from the Gunfleet Sailing Club were left becalmed off the town’s pier. Shortly after 8pm the wind died away leaving the two sitting on a glass-like sea. The lifeboat towed them to the clubs launching ramp, and returned to the boathouse at 9.15pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Gavin Underhay, Ryan Carvey 19/04/2007   Cruiser Dunno Wednesday 11 April 2007 The Atlantic 75 was called at 7pm to the twenty foot cruiser “ I Dunno” when its engine failed after a fishing trip. The boat with three people on board was off Lee Over Sands and was towed into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.45pm Crew: Stuart Hare (helm), Simon Wright, Richard Smith, Mark Sanders   Cruiser off Lion Point Friday 6 April 2007 The Atlantic 75 launched at 3.45pm to a twenty foot cruiser with four people on board, which had suffered engine failure. The vessel was off Lion Point, Jaywick and was taken in tow to Brightlingsea. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Mark Sanders, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield, Kevin Lockert   Sinking Speedboat Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 5pm after a report was received by the coastguards that a speedboat was taking water one mile south of the pier. After carrying out a search of the area the crew were informed that the casualty was off Walton pier and the Frinton and Walton lifeboat was on its way. The one person on board the sinking boat was taken off by helicopter and landed on the beach, meanwhile the lifeboat managed to get a tow line attached and towed the speedboat to the town breakwater where it was put on a trailer. The Clacton boat was back on station at 6pm. Crew: Tim Dye - Helm, Danny Thatcher, Gavin Underhay 04/03/2007   Drifting Dinghy A report was received by the coastguard of a drifting dinghy near the Knowl buoy, two and a half miles south-east of Colne Point, which may have had two people on board. Both Clacton lifeboats were launched at 6.30am on Saturday 03 February 2007 and were joined by the Frinton and Walton lifeboat and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter. The dinghy was sighted half a mile south of the Knowl, and found to contain two life jackets. An extensive search of the Blackwater estuary and St Peters flats was carried out, and coastguard mobile units searched the shore. Nothing was found. It is thought the dinghy may have been left on the beach and had been washed out to sea by the high tide during the night. The lifeboats were back on station at 10am. Sea state – calm. Visibility – excellent. 03/02/2007

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Assist Police Clactons' D class lifeboat launched at 3.50pm on 18th December to assist police in a search for a young person reported missing from the pier. After almost an hour the lifeboat was stood-down and returned to station. Crew: Mark Davy, Tim Sutton, Danny Thatcher   Girl in Sea The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched shortly after 5pm when a report was received of someone seen to jump form the sea wall near the pier. It was high tide and the on-shore wind was gusting to force nine. After making only about four hundred yards out to sea, it was obvious to the crew that conditions made any kind of rescue impossible. The lifeboat returned to shore where it was driven onto the beach, a normal trailer recovery being too dangerous to attempt. Senior helmsman, Tim Dye, said it was the worst conditions he had ever experienced and would have endangered the lives of the crew had they continued. It turned out that the girl had jumped down onto some rocks, and was never in any danger. The lifeboat was recovered using the beached recovery method, something the crew had only practiced previously, and was back on station at 5.30pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davy, Adrian Rose 21/11/2007   Capsized Jet Ski The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 4.30pm on 15th September to a capsized jet ski off Lion Point, Jaywick. Three people were in the water, two adults and a ten year old boy. It is thought one of the adults had swum out from the shore to give assistance. They were brought ashore at Lion Point, the lifeboat crew requesting an ambulance for the youngster who was showing signs of hypothermia. They were met by the Coastguards who took control awaiting the arrival of medical attention. The lifeboat was back on station at 5.40pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Davy, Darren Simper   Engine Fire The Atlantic 75 launched at 12.55pm on the 9th September to the 36 foot motor cruiser “Great Dane” which had reported a fire in it’s engine bay. The cruiser had dropped anchor in the area of the North East Maplin buoy about ten miles south south-east of Clacton. On arrival at the vessel the crew found the fire had been extinguished by the three people on board and a check was carried-out to make sure it was ok to restart the engines. The vessel was on passage to Southend and the Atlantic 75 lifeboat from Burnham-on-Crouch arrived to escort her for part of the way and Southend lifeboat was asked to take over the last part of the trip. The Clacton boat was back on station at 14.20pm. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Tim Sutton, Adrian Rose   Yacht “Graylag” The Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched on 5th September at 1120am after a mayday report was received from the 30 foot yacht “Graylag” which had run aground on the Buxey Sand, four and a half miles south of Point Clear. The vessel was well aground and could not be pulled free. The Tyne class lifeboat from Walton was also called and a woman crew member from the yacht was transferred by the Clacton boat to the larger lifeboat. With the tide still falling both lifeboats stood by until the flood tide was sufficient for the Walton boat to pull the yacht into deeper water and tow her into Bradwell. The Clacton boat was back on station at 3pm. One of the crew on the Clacton boat was Jenny Neal. This will probably be her last rescue as she is joining the Royal Navy. For the last few years Jenny has been a much valued member of the crew, and she will be greatly missed. Crew: Chris French (helm), Jenny Neal, Danny Thatcher, Richard Smith 06/09/2007   Cruiser `Wikkita` 14 July  5.10pm.  Called to the cruiser “Wikkita” having problems with an over-heating engine. Taken in tow to the Eagle buoy, where West Mersea’s Atlantic 75 took over the tow to Bradwell Marina. Jet Ski 4 July  9.07pm. A jet ski was reported aground at Sandy Point. The lifeboat arrived to find the ski had been refloated and returned to station.   Broken Mast 1 July  4.30pm.   Called to a 30 foot yacht with a broken mast a quarter of a mile south of the pier. The mast and rigging were stowed securely on deck and the two people on board made their own way to Brightlingsea. Dinghy 1 July  1145am.  Whilst on exercise the 75 was called to a topper dinghy which had capsized with two teenagers aboard. Vessel and crew were bought ashore. Person in Water 13 June  1.15am. The Atlantic 75 launched to a report of a person in the water off the beach below Tower Road. Assisted coastguards with search but nothing found.   Man Under Pier The “D” class lifeboat launched at 7.50pm after a report was received of a person in the water under the town’s pier. The lifeboat found a middle aged man clinging to one of the piles and took him to the east beach where he was met by the police. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.30pm. Crew: Mark Davy (helm), Tim Dye, Adrian Rose 28/07/2007   Jump from pier ends in tragedy Both lifeboats based at Clacton launched at 6.35pm on Saturday 7th July after five men were seen jumping into the sea from the west side of the town’s pier. Two managed to swim ashore, one was floundering in the water and was picked-up by the “D” class lifeboat. Coastguards on the beach then directed the Atlantic 75 lifeboat to the east side of the pier where the other two men had been swept by the strong current. On reaching them both were floating in the water and unconscious. They were lifted aboard the lifeboat where resuscitation was given while they were taken to the beach where paramedics were waiting. The air-sea rescue helicopter landed on the beach and both men were taken to Colchester General Hospital. One was pronounced dead on arrival and the other remains in intensive care. The high tide was about three-quarters of an hour before the incident and was running quite fast, the water was very cold Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye  (helm), Kevin Lockert, Danny Thatcher D Class Crew: Tim Sutton  (helm), Ray Lynaugh   Engine Problems The Atlantic 75 was called at 7pm on Saturday 26 May 2007 to assist a 30 foot yacht with two people on board which had suffered engine failure. She had dropped anchor half a mile east of the Colne Bar buoy off Point Clear. The lifeboat took her in tow to Brightlingsea and returned to station at 9pm. Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davey, Eddie Vaughan- Chatfield   Kite Surfer A report as received at 2.45pm on the 19th May 2007 off a wind surfer in difficulties off the Clacton golf course. Both the Atlantic 75 and D class boats launched and arrived to find the surfer wading ashore. After making sure he had no injuries the boats returned to station. Atlantic 75 Crew: Tim Dye (helm), Mark Davey, Ryan Carvey D Class Crew: Tim Sutton (helm), Richard Smith, Trevor Shepard 32 foot cabin cruiser The Atlantic 75 was called at 5pm to the aid of a 32 foot cabin cruiser which had engine problems. The cruiser was in the Colne estuary off Mersey Island and was taken in tow to Rowhedge. The lifeboat was back on station at 7pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Richard Smith, Eddie Vaughan-Chatfield 09/05/2007   Dinghies Becalmed Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was called to assist when two sailing dinghies from the Gunfleet Sailing Club were left becalmed off the town’s pier. Shortly after 8pm the wind died away leaving the two sitting on a glass-like sea. The lifeboat towed them to the clubs launching ramp, and returned to the boathouse at 9.15pm. Crew: Adrian Rose (helm), Mark Sanders, Gavin Underhay, Ryan Carvey 19/04/2007   Cruiser Dunno Wednesday 11 April 2007 The Atlantic 75 was called at 7pm to the twenty foot cruiser “ I Dunno” when its engine failed after a fishing trip. The boat with three people on board was off Lee Over Sands and was towed into Brightlingsea. The lifeboat was back on station at 8.45pm Crew: Stuart Hare (helm), Simon Wright, Richard Smith, Mark Sanders   Cruiser off Lion Point Friday 6 April 2007 The Atlantic 75 launched at 3.45pm to a twenty foot cruiser with four people on board, which had suffered engine failure. The vessel was off Lion Point, Jaywick and was taken in tow to Brightlingsea. Crew: Mark Davey (helm), Mark Sanders, Eddie Vaughan- Chatfield, Kevin Lockert   Sinking Speedboat Clacton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat launched at 5pm after a report was received by the coastguards that a speedboat was taking water one mile south of the pier. After carrying out a search of the area the crew were informed that the casualty was off Walton pier and the Frinton and Walton lifeboat was on its way. The one person on board the sinking boat was taken off by helicopter and landed on the beach, meanwhile the lifeboat managed to get a tow line attached and towed the speedboat to the town breakwater where it was put on a trailer. The Clacton boat was back on station at 6pm. Crew: Tim Dye - Helm, Danny Thatcher, Gavin Underhay 04/03/2007   Drifting Dinghy A report was received by the coastguard of a drifting dinghy near the Knowl buoy, two and a half miles south- east of Colne Point, which may have had two people on board. Both Clacton lifeboats were launched at 6.30am on Saturday 03 February 2007 and were joined by the Frinton and Walton lifeboat and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter. The dinghy was sighted half a mile south of the Knowl, and found to contain two life jackets. An extensive search of the Blackwater estuary and St Peters flats was carried out, and coastguard mobile units searched the shore. Nothing was found. It is thought the dinghy may have been left on the beach and had been washed out to sea by the high tide during the night. The lifeboats were back on station at 10am. Sea state – calm. Visibility – excellent. 03/02/2007
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