2006 Services

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15/01/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 038955 Launch: 09:00 Return: 12:15 H/W: 13:17 Type of casualty: ANIMAL Dogs reported at risk Cause of Service: AML IN TRBLE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

15/01/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 038968 Launch: 12:20 Return: 13:00 H/W: 13:17 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY

Lives Saved: 1 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

17/01/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 039137 Launch: 21:10 Return: 22:00 H/W: 02:34 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING Report of missing person Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/01/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 039868 Launch: 13:45 Return: 16:30 H/W: 23:51 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT WITH CG Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: ENE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

02/04/2006 Lifeboat No: D-603 GIN: 044745 Launch: 03:15 Return: 04:30 H/W: 03:41 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Powered boat Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: RAIN

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 1

16/04/2006 Lifeboat No: D-502 GIN: 045959 Launch: 14:30 Return: 16:00 H/W: 15:05 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT CHARILE BOY Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Inshore D class launched to a 24? speedboat, broken down in the Ray Gut south of Chalkwell Station. On scene the lifeboat crew found 2 POB and smoke coming from the outboard engine. They had correctly deployed their anchor and were awaiting a tow. The cause of the smoke from the engine had been found and a tow line was set up as the danger had been isolated. The speedboat was towed out of the shallows by the D class ILB then passed to the Atlantic 75 for tow back to Lower Thames Marina. No medical assistance was required and the 2 occupants were handed over to the mobile CG for debriefing.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

16/04/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 045959 Launch: 15:05 Return: 15:55 H/W: 15:05 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT CHARLIE BOY Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Atlantic launched behind Inshore D-class to assist with shout. The ILB passed the tow to the Atlantic 75 to continue back to Lower Thames Marina.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

17/04/2006 Lifeboat No: H-006 GIN: 046128 Launch: 18:10 Return: 19:15 H/W: 03:49 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft launched to a red Fletcher 15 speedboat with 4 POB. It was firmly aground in Benfleet creek. The 4 on board had no lifejackets or appropriate weather proof clothing. All 4 were taken aboard the Hovercraft and transferred to the awaiting mobile CG unit. The Hovercraft then returned to the speedboat and made the vessel safe on a mooring.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

28/04/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 047007 Launch: 15:20 Return: 15:40 H/W: 01:58 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

28/04/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 047015 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:10 H/W: 01:58 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/04/2006 Lifeboat No: H-006 GIN: 047015 Launch: 16:20 Return: 17:20 H/W: 01:58 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

29/04/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 047170 Launch: 17:42 Return: 18:00 H/W: 02:39 Type of casualty: FISH VL SMLL FISHING VESSEL Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Launch requested by the CG unit. 2 persons seen waving in distress of Thorpe Bay. The boat had run aground and they were stranded. The ILB managed to get to them and took the occupants aboard. They were in fine health and were taken back to the Pierhead.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

29/04/2006 Lifeboat No: H-006 GIN: 047159 Launch: 17:45 Return: 19:00 H/W: 02:39 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft called to a speedboat run aground 400 yds SE of Bell Wharf. All O.K. and safely landed on the beach at Old Leigh. Crew ensured that the boat was secured to a mooring.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

01/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 047415 Launch: 14:50 Return: 15:45 H/W: 15:33 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on exercise for anchor deployment and a PR visits to Thorpe Bay YC a call came in for a kitesurfer in trouble of Shoebury boom. On arrival found that the kitesurfer was alongside the kitesurf club inflatable. The Atlantic took the person aboard to reclaim his equipment and ran him ashore at East Beach. Southend lifeboat then resumed the exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

01/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 047417 Launch: 14:50 Return: 15:45 H/W: 15:33 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: COLLISION Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on exercise off Shoebury West beach, the Atlantic was tasked to a 21ft Motor boat with engine failure just East of Barge Pier. On arrival found 1 male occupant aboard. The Atlantic put one crewmember aboard to assist the casualty and a tow was set up to take the vessel back to him mooring just off West beach. Once the lines were made secure the casualty was transferred ashore and the lifeboat then returned to station.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

01/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 047419 Launch: 15:13 Return: 15:51 H/W: 15:42 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 047507 H/W: 16:19 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD REPORT OF SAILBOARD IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Called to windsurfer in trouble on the Shoebury Boom. ILB 1 launched them immediately Stood down as the surfer had managed to get himself safe. CREW ASSEMBLY

04/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 047673 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE REPORTS OF PEOPLE STRANDED Cause of Service: STRANDED Called to an incident concerning up to 5 children playing in the Creeks around Two Tree Island. The tide was flooding and the alarm was raised by a concerned MOP. However, as the ILB was going down the slipway Police managed to confirm that the youths were not in danger and so the lifeboat was stood down by the coastguard. FAGI. CREW ASSEMBLY

07/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 047947 Launch: 10:30 Return: 12:45 H/W: 21:28 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST Launched to perform a Scattering of Ashes ceremony. Then on to a Nav/GPS Exercise. Diverted from Exercise to a report of a broken down Jet-Ski with 3 POB drifting East of the Mulberry Harbour. On scene all the riders of the craft were ok and the Jetski was taken in tow to Thorpe Bay YC slipway. Exercise resumed.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

07/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 047955 Launch: 10:30 Return: 12:45 H/W: 21:28 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: OVERCAST Whilst on exercise in the Hole Haven area a call came in of a small boat drifting in the vicinity of the pierhead. The Atlantic immediately diverted and made best speed towards the pier. On scene it was found that the situation had resolved itslef with the aid of the pier staff, who were seen assisting the occupant of the boat at the pier. No further assistance required. Continued exercise with GPS plotter to Sheerness.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

14/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 048639 Launch: 15:15 Return: 15:45 H/W: 02:19 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

28/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 049973 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:10 H/W: 02:24 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Diverted from exercise to investigate an apparent broken down RIB near Leigh Beck. On scene the first informant confirmed that all occupants had made it by foot ashore. The Hovercraft was asked to run by the nearby creeks to confirm this and make the vessel safe since the ILB could not proceed any further at teh state of the tide. Area given all clear and both rescue craft returned to exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/05/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 049973 Launch: 14:30 Return: 18:30 H/W: 02:24 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Called by Thames CG via ILB 2 to investigate a speedboat that had been left run aground. The ILB couldnt get into the boat at the state of tide so the Hovercraft diverted from exercise and the crew secured the craft via anchor. The first informant had confirmed that all occupants were safely ashore. Exercise resumed. Vessel was anchored in Smallgains Creek

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 049978 Launch: 16:58 Return: 17:30 H/W: 02:24 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Call to recover a lost kite from a kitesurfer at East Beach. Kite recovered 1/2 SW of Shorebury beacon and taken back to pierhead.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/05/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 050000 Launch: 18:55 Return: 20:20 H/W: 02:24 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Called to a Fletcher Speed boat stuck on the mud with 3 POB. All OK and taken back to the Coastguard Look-Out at Shorebury. The speed boat was left an anchor. Boat secured over night by anchor. 1 mile east of Mulbery Harbour.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

29/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 050000 Launch: 11:45 Return: 12:00 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Continuation of service. The owners of the speedboat that had run aground East of the Mulburry Harbourwere dropped aboard thier craft the next day so that they could continue passage back to Brightlingsea. Advice was given by TCG and they were asked to report in every 30 minutes en route.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

29/05/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 050107 Launch: 12:01 Return: 12:51 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: CANOE KAYAK Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: N Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: POOR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: RAIN Called to a Kayak in difficulty in rough weather 150 yards out from the shore near the Gas Works Jetty. The 2 POB were taken aboard the lifeboat and together with the kayak, all were taken ashore and landed near the Sea Life Centre. Safety advice was given and ILB RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

29/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 050115 Launch: 13:00 Return: 13:30 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: PASENGER VSL PLEASURE BOAT POCAHONTAS Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: N Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY A female passenger on the Pocahontas Pleasure boat collapsed. She was suffering with numbness on her LHS of body and face and also mentioned a tingling sensation on her tongue. She was transferred aboard the Atlantic and immediately taken ashore (with her husband). On arrival ashore she was instantly feeling better and was able to walk around. Nevertheless the ambulance services were on hand to check her over.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 1

29/05/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 050160 Launch: 15:50 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:01 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Received a call from land based ex-lifeboatman advising of a boat on fire in Hadleigh Ray. Atlantic immediately launched and quickly located vessel. On scene discovered that the fire had been extinguished by the skipper. The boat was taken in tow to Bell Wharf, where a private vessel took the tow over. All persons were safe and accounted for. No medical assistance was required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

30/05/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 050312 Launch: 18:50 Return: 19:30 H/W: 03:45 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Called to a report of 3 men clinging to a buoy some 500 yards offshore opposite the Roslin Hotel. Hovercraft launched and quickly spotted them albeit in a dinghy. They were in good health but clearly unable to make any progress themselves. It seemed they had fuel problem with their outboard. All were taken aboard the Hovercraft and the light dinghy was breasted to the Hovercraft for recovery ashore. Still able to make some 4 knots, the Hovercraft soon beached the dinghy where the occupants were able to proceed with no further help required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

03/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: H/W: 18:20 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PERSON CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF A member of the public alerted the Hovercraft crew (who were ashore at the Hovercraft Hangar) of a small girl having trouble beating the flooding tide back ashore. There was not enough water for the ILB and given the depth of water she was in (not much) and how far she was from shore (50 yards) launching the Hovercraft was not a viable option. So one crewman, in full lifejacket, waded out in up to knee height water, and carried the small girl back ashore to her mother. The mother who seemed to be in charge of a number of children, was very grateful and walked off before details could be taken. Thames CG were notified of the incident and made notes, however, no incident number was given since a no vessel was launched. CREW ASSEMBLY

04/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 13:00 Return: 13:16 H/W: 19:15 Type of casualty: AIR BED VESSEL THOUGHT TO BE IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: ESE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst out on exercise, Thames CG called up the lifeboat following a report of a craft possibly in trouble spotted by coastwatch east of the Shoebury Boom. The lifeboat diverted from exercise and spotted a small inflatable 'doughnut' on the shore. Two crew were landed to investigate where it quickly became apparent there was no need for any further action. Returned to exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

05/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 19:45 Return: 20:10 H/W: 09:06 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on exercise up Leigh Creek a sea Scout Leader asked if we could assist one of their sailing dinghies that was being blown up Gasworks Creek. So the lifeboat obliged and towed the dinghy that was having trouble with the wind and the tide onto Cockleshed beach. Exercise resumed.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

10/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 051777 Launch: 15:35 Return: 16:00 H/W: 00:40 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Launched to report of a small inflatable dinghy drifting between the CG Look-Out and the Mulberry Harbour. Thames Coastguard requested a check in the area of East Beach in case of persons in the water from the dinghy. No signs of any incident in the area. Dinghy recovered by ILB 2 and landed on the pier.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

11/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052008 Launch: 15:06 Return: 16:00 H/W: 01:23 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMERS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to a report of two swimmers in the water between Chakwell Station and Westcliff. The Offshore ILB was launched and very quickly found the swimmers who were fit and well and not in need of any assistance. As returning to Station diverted to next job.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

11/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052015 Launch: 15:06 Return: 16:00 H/W: 01:23 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Returning to station from previous shout a call from Thames sends the Offshore ILB to the Three Shells Beach to a report of an inflatable dinghy adrift. On scene 2 persons found aboard all OK but struggling to get ashore. Vessel and occupants taken back to beach.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

11/06/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 052086 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:30 H/W: 01:25 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING PERSON MISSING Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Hovercraft launched to assist in search for missing person from the area of the beach at Thorpe Bay. Stood down on route. Engine malfunction during recovery to station. Problems noted and escalated for immediate remedy on station.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

12/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052233 Launch: 19:30 Return: 21:00 H/W: 14:08 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: EXCELLENT Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Called to report of a person walking on Ray Bank having run from police. The man was a danger to himself choosing to swin back and forth across the Ray in order to avoid recapture. The ILB crew launched and in liason with the Police Helicopter that was hovering above the scene, stood by to assess the situation. A Police launch arrived on scene and arrested the casualty. He was returned to the Pierhead station and taken ashore via the Buggy by the Marine Police unit. ILB2 RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

13/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 052368 Launch: 19:20 Return: 21:55 H/W: 02:53 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON MUD BANK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Having just launched both offshore boats for a training night a 999 call came in regarding someone threatening suicide by walking out over the mud and into the sea. The area of scene was just West of the Mulberry Harbour. The Atlantic dropped 3 crewmen off onto the mud some 250 yds from the man's position. On arrival crewman Friswell was one of the three deployed from the Atlantic who opened up a dialogue with the man. The 'casualty' was persuaded to walk back ashore under escort by the crew. The man was safely handed over to the Mobile CG unit and the Police who were waiting. The crew then walked back to the Atlantic which was standing by in the gutway.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

13/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052368 Launch: 19:21 Return: 21:55 H/W: 02:53 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON MUD BANK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Having just launched for exercise, the offshore D Class was diverted with the Atlantic to assist with the 999 call regarding a man out on the mud causing concern. Whilst the Atlantic deployed crew to the west of the Mulberry, the D Class dropped two crewmen on the mud to the east of the Mulberry so as to have both sides covered. The crew of the D class stood by, near the waiting D class as the man was in conversation with the Atlantic crew. As they saw the four walk ashore, the 2 crewmen returend to the D class which came alongside the Atlantic to await the return of its crew.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

16/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052673 Launch: 21:15 Return: 22:50 H/W: 05:21 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKIS Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Offshore ILB launched to Jet-skis at Mulberry Harbour. On scene one jet-ski was aground and two had managed to be refloated. The Southend Coastguard had a foot patrol on the mud who were taken on board the ILB along with one of the jet-skiers. The two Jetskis that were refloated then followed the ILB back to the station to land the jetskier and the coastgaurd patrol it had picked up off the mud. The two jetskiers then decided to carry outward to Sittingbourne in Kent rather than be recovered on the pier. The ILB then went back to the scene to help recover the grounded jet-ski. On return it was found that the owner had managed to get a quad bike with a trailer out to the stricken machine. ILB2 witnessed the safe retrieval and return to shore of the quad bike and rider.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

17/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 052785 Launch: 14:25 Return: 16:15 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT LETHAL WEAPON Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst on exercise in the Thorpe Bay area the occupants of a speedboat were spotted waving down the Atlantic crew. So the lifeboat diverted from exercise to assist and towed the boat and 3 POB to the Southend Coastguard Slip. The craft had suffered engine failure.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

17/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 052802 Launch: 16:25 Return: 16:30 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Atlantic launched to sunken craft with 2 POB off Two Tree Island. Stood down en route as persons confirmed safe ashore. Lifeboat returned to station.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

17/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 052825 Launch: 17:15 Return: 18:00 H/W: 06:16 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT EMMA JANE Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Atlantic launched to a broken down vessel off Sea Life centre. All 3 occupants were OK but the craft needed a tow back to Two Tree Slip for recovery ashore.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

18/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052997 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:45 H/W: 18:26 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHIES Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Diverted from Exercise to a report of 3 inflatables drifting out of Shoebury Common beach area. Stood down en route by TCG. ILB 2 resumed exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 052998 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:45 H/W: 18:26 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst back on exercise in the Ray ILB2 was flagged down by yacht occupants in the area to 2 young boys that had fallen from their dinghy. The boys were recovered and landed onthe North Bank. The dinghy was tied up to the families mooring buoy. Both bots were OK and walked back ashore. No CG reference was given for this job.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

18/06/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 052997 Launch: 14:00 Return: 14:30 H/W: 18:30 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY REPORTED IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Diverted from exercise to a report of children in trouble on a dinghy. Hovercraft in area of Shoebury Common able to confirm that the children were spotted and had returned to the beach. All OK, exercise resumed.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 053015 Launch: 15:00 Return: 15:45 H/W: 18:20 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst out on exercise noticed a speedboat having trouble starting engine. Spoke to skipper who agreed his engine was a non-starter. 5 children taken ashore and into the care of guardians. The speedboat, with skipper was taken under tow to Two Tree Slipway for recovery. Exercise resumed.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 6

25/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 053739 Launch: 02:29 Return: 02:55 H/W: 13:51 Type of casualty: TUG/BARGE DREDGER THE BRITANNIA BEAVER Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Lifeboat launched in the early hours to Foxtrot anchorage to come alongside an aggregate dredger the ?Britannia Beaver?. On board an engineer was suffering with inflamed eyes, the cause of which had not been established. He was kitted out with a lifejacket, helmet and jacket then transferred to the lifeboat for immediate medivac ashore. The CG unit was waiting with paramedics at he Prince of Wales jetty where the man was handed over. Southend lifeboat then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

25/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 053808 Launch: 12:00 Return: 12:11 H/W: 13:09 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Called by Thames for immediate launch to a capsized dinghy drifting through the Southend Pier. On scene the Alec White 2 (Council Patrol vessel) had already picked up the 'casualty' - an inflatable jet-ski that had flipped over and had been mistaken for a dinghy. Lifeboat stayed afloat for exercise of familiarisation with the water East of the Pier. F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

27/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 054069 Launch: 16:05 Return: 16:15 H/W: 02:57 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Called to an 8ft tender off Shoebury Boom. Stood down immediately after launch.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/06/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 054139 Launch: 23:15 Return: 01:10 H/W: 03:38 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARES Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY The offshore D class was the first boat away in response to multiple reportings of red flares sighted off Canvey, possibly eminating from Holehaven Creek. The ILB was tasked with getting as far up the creek towards the Pitsea Marina as the tide would allow. Passage through the narrow shallows at night kept the helm very focused. The conditions were not helped by the blinding lights of the Oil Refinery which at times compromised the crews night vision. However, good progress was made and the ILB WAS JUST SOME 200YDS SHORT OF THE Pitsea Motorboat moorings. So with good visibility up the creek and in knee height water it was fair to say that the origin of the flares was in some doubt in this area. Having reported in Thames Coastguard then asked the ILB to return to the mouth of the creek where the Atantic 75 was waiting as safety back up. Both vessels were then ordered to R.T.S but to check anything thought untoward on passage. Nothing found. R.T.S 01. 10.F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/06/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 054139 Launch: 23:20 Return: 00:50 H/W: 03:38 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARES Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched as back up to the Offshore ILB which was tasked to search Holehaven Creek. The state of tide did not allow the Atlantic to progress up the creek. As the D class made its way up the creek Thames tasked the Atlantic to check a reading that VTS had picked up nearby the Mid Blyth North Cardinal. Nothing found the Atlantic crew awaited safe return of the D boat and made back for the station as requested by Thames. Vessels encountered en route were checked at close quarters for any signs of distress. Nothing found. RTS 00.50.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

01/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 054455 Launch: 15:30 Return: 15:48 H/W: 17:03 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE STRANDED ON BOOM Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst launched on exercise Thames CG called up the Lifeboat and asked them to investigate a report of 2 fisherman on the Shoebury Boom. On scene the lifeboat crew spoke to the fisherman who were very happy with their situation. They had considered the risks of fishing from the structure and were experienced in the local tide patterns. They intended to make their own way ashore at low water. There was no further intervention required by the lifeboat and having reported this back to Thames made back to the station to complete the exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

01/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 054544 Launch: 20:45 Return: 21:20 H/W: 06:00 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON MUD BANK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Immediate launch of Hovercraft to intercept a report of a possible suicide attempt just East of the station. On scene the ?casualty? was met on the mud * and a discussion between him and the crew took place. The person was happy to board the Hovercraft and was taken ashore and left in the hands of the mobile CG unit. RTS. * ½ Mile South of Sealife Centre.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: Launch: 13:00 Return: 16:15 H/W: 17:43 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED BOY Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 2

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: Launch: 13:00 Return: 16:15 H/W: 17:43 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE TWO PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 13:53 Return: 18:15 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched on exercise at 1230hrs and tasked to various incidents: 1353 Tasked to a boat anchored west off the Montgomery Wreck with engine failure. En route stood down since a private tow had been arranged to take the casualty vessel back to its anchorage in the Medway.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 13:53 Return: 18:15 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY 1500 Called to check out 3 youths who were having difficulty making their way ashore on scene it was apparent they had been helped ashore to West beach by a nearby jetski rider. No further intervention required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 054690 Launch: 13:53 Return: 18:15 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched on exercise and diverted to a number of incidents over the course of 4hours. Thames called up the lifeboat (approx 1530 hrs), which was in the area, and asked them to check out a report of 12 on a boat near East Beach. The lifeboat managed to get in far enough to ascertain that there was actually only 3 on board and there were no signs of distress. Advice was passed and the lifeboat then continued on its exercise.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 13:53 Return: 18:15 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY 1730 A report of a stricken speedboat with 2 people came in. it was being assisted ashore by the Southend Marine Activity School Centre safety boat but needed further assistance to get back to the slipway at the Southend Coastguard Look-out, Shorebury. The outboard had suffered an explosion. No medical assistance required ? just a 2mile tow back to it?s trailer.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: Launch: 13:53 Return: 18:15 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARDER Cause of Service: N.E.S Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY 1800 A 7year old female windsurfer was in difficulty some 200yds from the shore ½mile east of Pier, and waved down the lifeboat for assistance so she was taken aboard and transferred ashore. The SMAC safety boat also nearby landed her sail board. After these incidents the lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

02/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 054768 Launch: 19:50 Return: 20:20 H/W: 06:20 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Hovercraft launched following a distress report of 3 children drifting out to sea on an inflatable dinghy. The hovercraft arrived to see that the 3 girls on board did not have the means to progress against the tide some 800yds out from the shore. All 3 plus dinghy taken aboard and landed on the beach. No medical attention required. RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 3 People Brought in: 0

03/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 054812 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:30 H/W: 07:06 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

04/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 055058 Launch: 20:45 Return: 21:15 H/W: 07:58 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: N Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on Exercise a call came from Thames CG regarding a Jet-ski seen drifting South of Uncle Toms cabin (Shoebury). The D class was on scene at 2048. A red speedboat that was in the area had already established a tow on the Jet-ski and they were making good progress. All 3 occupants of both craft were in fine health. So D663 stoodby observing the safe passage of both vessels. Both craft were then landed at the West Beach slipway after which D663 RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

06/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 055241 Launch: 14:55 Return: 15:30 H/W: 21:20 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft launched at low water to a report of 2 persons caught off at the Mulberry Harbour (Phoenix Unit). The two teenagers quckily found and boarded for transfer ashore at Thorpe Bay Beach where the mobile CG Unit was waiting to meet them. RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

09/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 055863 Launch: 10:50 Return: 11:30 H/W: 00:20 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST Southend Coastguard were tasked to a boat grounded on a beach near the Southend Marine Activity Centre. They had managed to pull themselves off by using their engine, but no sooner had they refloated then the engine overheated and cut out. Southend Lifeboat was already launched on exercise and was aware of the issue so were quickly on scene to establish a tow. The boat was taken to a safe mooring and the two occupants landed ashore at the Southend Coastguard. Thames CG then called up the Lifeboat to assist a yacht up the Ray apparently adrift but got stood down en route as a private tow had taken the job. Exercise ended. RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

09/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 055663 Launch: 11:48 Return: 13:05 H/W: 00:20 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST Tasked to a yacht drifting onto the Westcliff casino with 2 POB. A crewman was placed aboard and a towline secured. The yacht was then placed on a safe mooring and both occupants landed on the beach and left with the mobile Coastguard unit. This job was hampered by a healthy chop in the sea and the first of the moorings that were attempted actually broke, so this was a good exercise of mooring a yacht in heavy weather.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

09/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 055666 Launch: 11:48 Return: 13:05 H/W: 00:20 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST Having just secured one yacht to a safe mooring a call came in of another one in similar difficulty off the Thames Estuary YC. This yacht was also put onto a mooring and the two occupants taken ashore. The details of this service are very similar to the last shout. We didn?t make the hat trick this time.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

12/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 056084 Launch: 20:15 Return: 21:50 H/W: 02:00 Type of casualty: ANIMAL DOGS Cause of Service: AML IN TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft called out to assist the mobile coastguard units at Canvey Point with two Labradors that had escaped from their owner and ran out onto the Chapman Sands. The Fire Brigade were also in attendance but stood by to observe and intervene only if required. On scene Canvey 10, with the aid of a birdspotter and a mega lens on his camera, were able to comm? two CG?s, who volunteered to walk out to the runaway dogs. One of the dogs eventually gave up and handed himself in [for questioning], but the other was more determined to make a go of it. Meanwhile the Hovercraft, in support of the Coastguards, exited the Ray and got up onto the Chapman Sands to find that the CG? had walked out so far that the scene of the incident was moving to the East with the free dog now running North. The Canvey 30 (on the sand with Canvey 40) alerted H004 of the situation and the Hovercraft made a wide circle in an effort to cut the dog off from his intention of heading for freedom in the streets of Westcliff. It was when the dog decided to swim for it across the Ray that he made his mistake. With the two CG?s and the captured dog on the South bank, the Hovercraft crept along the Ray to cut the dog off mid-channel. He made his choice and elected to swim back to his mate who was waiting for him on the shoreline With both dogs now in the safe hands of the CG?s all were taken on board H004 and transferred the 3miles or so back to the owners on Canvey Point. H004 then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

14/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 056318 Launch: 14:30 Return: 14:50 H/W: 15:50 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER REPORTED IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY Inshore Lifeboat immediate launch to a report of a woman in the water at Thorpe Bay in rough sea and high winds thought to be in difficulty. A member of the public had made the call with deep concern. The Southend Mobile Coastgaurd Unit was in attendance on scene and stood the lifeboat down as it was clear that she had made her own way ashore unaided. F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

14/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 056345 Launch: 17:17 Return: 17:58 H/W: 04:22 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: NE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to act as safety boat and help maintain a perimeter for a controlled explosion ¾ mile East of the Phoenix Unit. (Wartime Torpedo)

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

15/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 056499 Launch: 13:50 Return: 14:55 H/W: 16:32 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Diverted from veering exercise to assist a broken down speedboat in the Ray. En route to this incident got further diverted to immediately assist a man in an inflatable 1 cable off the Three Shells Beach. On scene found a 40 yr old man in difficulty so he and his dinghy were taken aboard and landed ashore. The atlantic then set off to tow the speedboat that it was previously tasked for. See next report.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

15/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 056496 Launch: 13:50 Return: 14:55 H/W: 16:32 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT LOOPY LOO Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Following the last shout a quick strategic crew change was made at the pierhead, given that the Atlantic was going to be involved in a tow for a certain amount of time. A private fishing vessel, the ?Sherry Belle?, known to the crew, had taken the broken down speedboat in tow and was proceeding towards the Two Tree Slip. The Atlantic took the job over some ¼ mile East of the slipway and landed the occupants safely ashore into the hands of the mobile CG unit. The boat was recovered ashore by its crew. No further assistance required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 5

15/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 056570 Launch: 17:00 Return: 17:25 H/W: 05:08 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst exercising around the pierhead a call from the Coastguard sends the Offshore D class 1 cable South of the Sealife Centre. On scene one inflatable with 2 on board unable to cope with the wind and the sea. All taken aboard and landed safely on the beach. Exercise continued.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

16/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 056736 H/W: 17:15 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT TAKE FIVE Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG The Atlantic 75 was tasked for immediate launch to a small boat, 2 miles South of the pierhead, taking on water. As the crew were making down the stem of the pier in the buggy, Sheerness Lifeboat arrived on scene with a pump and managed to control the swamping. Southend were then stood down as the 3 occupants were safe. CREW ASSEMBLY

17/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 057059 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:15 H/W: 18:02 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY REPORT OF SAILING DINGHY CAPSIZED Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to assist a capsized dinghy (RS400) off Leigh as reported by a member of public standing on Leigh Hill. The inshore lifeboat was in the area within minutes and made a sweep of the area to find ?casualty? sailing in the Hadleigh Ray. All persons safe and well. Lifeboat RTS F.A.G.I

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

17/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 057071 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:15 H/W: 18:02 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Inshore D Class just recovering from last shout when a report of a broken down cabin cruiser with 4 POB off Westcliff comes in. A quick launch of the D Class allowed a quick assessment of the occupants whilst the Atlantic crew made their way down the pier to launch the 75. On scene all occupants found well and it was confirmed that the problem was an overheated engine. So the ILB stood by to hand the situation over to the 75.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

17/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 057071 Launch: 19:00 Return: 19:50 H/W: 06:48 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to tow a 24ft Cabin cruiser with 4 POB back to Smallgains Creek. The inshore ILB was already on scene and confirmed the problem with the vessel and the good health of the people on board it. ILB was relieved of service and RTS. The cabin cruiser was secured to it?s mooring at 19.30 and the 4 occupants made their own back to land via Tender. 75 then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 057239 Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:40 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE STUCK IN MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Inshore D class immediate launch to 2 persons stuck in waist deep water on a flood tide ½ mile offshore at Leigh. A very quick launch was made due to some crew being near the boathouse at the time the pagers went off. The two were spotted and taken aboard then landed at Bell Wharf. Old Leigh. No medical attention required. En route back to station met further incidents to investigate.

Lives Saved: 2 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:40 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY (2)En route back from the last shout out ILB 1 tasked to intercept an inflatable boat that had blown throught the pier. Landed at boathouse-owner unknown.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:40 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY (3) call over the radio from Thames CG to investigate a dinghy, 2 POB sighted ¾ mile offshore near the end of the pier. On scene it was quite apparent that the 2 occupants were struggling against the flood tide current and the breeze. The dinghy and its occupants were taken aboard the ILB and landed at the Three Shells Restaurant Beach ? 2 landed no details.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:40 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES INFLATABLE WHALE Cause of Service: NES Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY (4) the ILB was being recovered ashore at the Boathouse when a call came in of a request to recover an inflatable whale that was being sighted off Chalkwell. Given that these inflatables often give rise to false alarms anyway it was considered best to go and get the thing ashore whilst the crew were about. Quickly spotted and returned to the 1st informant at the Foreshore office.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:40 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY REPORTED IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY (5) as returning from Chalkwell another report cam in of a dinghy seemingly struggling ½ mile South of the Boathouse. The ILB swept past it en route back to the station and was able to confirm that the 2 occupants were in control of the situation and happy to proceed unaided. ILB then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 057239 Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:20 H/W: 18:54 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE AT RISK IN MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to as back-up to the Inshore ILB which was speedily launched to assist two in the water at Leigh. The ILB landed the pair at Leigh and the Hovercraft RTS when confirmation of the success of the job was transmitted.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

19/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 057364 Launch: 15:10 Return: 16:20 H/W: 19:56 Type of casualty: FISH VL SMLL FISHING VESSEL LAWRENCE Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to a small fishing vessel ?Lawrence? supposedly run aground just North of the deposit buoy East of the pier. As the Atlantic came alongside it was noted that the ?casualty? vessel had deployed an anchor and were fishing in the shallows. The 2 POB were happy to await the flood tide and were all OK. F.A.G.I. on the way back to the station the Atlantic crew heard that the inshore ILB had been tasked to a couple of swimmers in the Gutway East of the pier. So on their way back they swung past the scene in case they could be of any use. They weren?t ? so they RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

19/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 057379 Launch: 16:00 Return: 16:45 H/W: 19:56 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Hovercraft launched to two persons cut off by tide ¾ mile East of Pier. When the Hovercraft got to their position they made it to a safe depth and proceeded to walk into shore. The Hovercraft made a sweep of the area to ensure that other nearby bathers were also aware of the flooding tide. FAGI.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

21/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 057661 H/W: 22:30 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK CHILDREN CUT OFF BY THE TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Crew paged and arrived at muster point to learn that they had been stood down. Children off Canvey Point were causing concern having seemingly been cut off by the tide. Canvey 10 was in attendance and saw the children walk ashore so lifeboat stood down. CREW ASSEMBLY

22/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 057871 Launch: 14:05 Return: 14:15 H/W: 23:41 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARDER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to a windsurfer in distress 500yds off Thorney Bay, Canvey. Over the radio the Atlantic crew could hear (via Canvey 10 on scene) that he was being aided by swimmers, who recovered him to the beach. The lifeboat was stood down en route as he had made it ashore. The lifeboat then took the opportunity afloat to exercise in the area with GPS navigation to Sheerness then back to station.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

23/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 058083 Launch: 12:45 Return: 14:20 H/W: 00:10 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMERS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst on exercise diverted to Thorpe bay beach to a report of 4 children requiring medical treatment at Thorpe Bay. Arrived on scene and liased with an ambulance crew, already on scene who treated the children and took them to hospital (no medical details). As this job was cleared a report of a dinghy in trouble off Thorney Bay came in over the radio (Ref 058095), The lifeboat got as far as the West Leigh Middle but got stood down as Canvey 10 was in attendance and no further intervention was required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

23/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 058095 Launch: 12:45 Return: 14:20 H/W: 00:10 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY REPORTED IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Report of a dinghy in trouble off Thorney Bay came in over the radio. (Ref 058095)The lifeboat got as far as West Leigh Middle but got stood down as Canvey 10 was in attendance and no further intervention was required.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

25/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 058659 Launch: 21:00 Return: 22:40 H/W: 02:07 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITESURFER Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched with the Offshore D class to search for a possible injured kitesurfer. H004 searched area from West Knock to the shoreling creeping East from the West Shoebury Buoy to the Coastguard Look- Out. Nothing found-stood down after a good hour?s search. F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

25/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 058659 Launch: 21:15 Return: 22:40 H/W: 02:07 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITESURFER Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY The offshore D Class was launched to a sighting of a kitesurfer possibly injuring himself. It looked, to the informant, that the person took a very heavy landing from which he/she was not seen to recover from. The position was given as ½ mile south of Mulberry Harbour. A search area was covered using the South East Leigh Buoy and the Southend coastguard lookout point as a transit- nothing found. The Hovercraft was also launched in assistance with the RAF Sea King helicopter. All stood down by Thames Coastguard after a very good search.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

26/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 058817 Launch: 20:27 Return: 20:45 H/W: 02:45 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

29/07/2006 Lifeboat No: H-006 GIN: 059240 Launch: 13:00 Return: 13:30 H/W: 16:06 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY Whilst launched on exercise in the Smallgains Creek area a call came in regarding a kitesurfer in trouble in the area of The Crowstone, Westcliff. The Hovercraft arrived in minutes to find the kitesurfer in the water, half swimming/half being blown ashore by the wind. He was quite happy to carry on unaided and so H006 ?hovered about in the area? until he was seen making it safely ashore, where the Mobile Coastguard Unit were there to greet him.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

29/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 059266 Launch: 14:50 Return: 16:20 H/W: 16:00 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY MAN OVERBOARD INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY An immediate launch was asked for by the coastguard for a person in the water near Benfleet Creek. Apparently cries for help has been reported and a dinghy seen drifting with the wind. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find that a jetskier had recovered the dinghy and a passing yacht had recovered the casualty.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

29/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 059287 Launch: 14:50 Return: 16:20 H/W: 16:00 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY REPORTED IN TROUBLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Called to a person in the water struggling with a 6ft inflatable dinghy 200yds offshore opposite the Cliff lift Southend seafront. On scene found that a small speedboat with a man with an inflatable were on board. Unable to confirm whether in fact this was the ?casualty? a parallel search up the river from the pier along the foreshore was made. nothing found ? F.A.G.I RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

30/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 059614 Launch: 02:30 Return: 07:30 H/W: 17:04 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT MOON BEAM Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY A report of a sailing yacht having trouble making headway in the area of the Maplin Edge Buoy. One crew member was reported to have stomach pains. We launched the Atlantic 75 with 3 crew aboard. Sheerness lifeboat was also launched. On scene we arrived to find the casualty ¼ mile NNE of the Maplin Edge Buoy. The wind was 5/6 SW. the Atlantic went alongside and one put lifeboat crewman put on board the casualty vessel to assess the situation. The person (skipper) with the stomach pains was blow decks lying down and his condition was considered stable. The other occupant was his wife who was not able to take full control of the vessel through obvious lack of ability (reason later established). The lifeboat crewman took over the helm of the yacht and started to make way towards the Maplin Edge Buoy to await the arrival of Sheerness. When Sheerness arrived the decision was made to take both the casualty occupants off the yacht. One of the Sheerness crew was transferred aboard the yacht via the Atlantic to help. The Sheerness lifeboat then stood by whilst a tow by the Atlantic was rigged up. As the Atlantic started underway Sheerness lifeboat took the casualties back to the Southend Pier for medical assessment ashore. Meanwhile the tow was against the weather and heavy going. As the Atlantic passed the Blacktail Spit Buoy a starboard engine overheat alarm went off. The engine was immediately shut down and the leg lifted to see if the water intakes were blocked. All clear, the leg was dropped back in, the engine started and the temperature had settled back to within working limits. Having dropped the casualties back to the pier, Sheerness returned to escort the Atlantic back to Southend. Just as the tow was passing the Shoebury Beacon the line parted and at this point Sheerness took over the tow. The Atlantic was now free to get ahead ? pick up another crewman from the pier and make arrangements for suitable mooring buoy for the casualty vessel. At the Loway buoy, the Sheerness crewman was returned his station lifeboat via the Atlantic. In the same manoeuvre another Southend crewman was placed aboard the yacht to help with the securing of the vessel up the Ray to a mooring just near the entrance to the Leigh Creek. Sheerness returned to station. The two occupants were treated by paramedics. On still had stomach pains and his wife suffered from Parkinsons disease both refused hospitalisation and called a cab home.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

30/07/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 059379 Launch: 02:52 Return: 03:40 H/W: 04:26 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY A father and son where out on their small angling boat when the son became sea-sick. The boat was about 100yds from the shore off Shoebury West Beach when the lifeboat arrived, the boat was left at anchor and the two occupants transferred ashore to the beach and passed to the Southend Mobile CG Unit.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

30/07/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 059475 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:30 H/W: 16:32 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PEOPLE CUT OFF BY THE TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Atlantic was launched to a report of 3 persons cut off by the tide at Leigh. The distance they were offshore was not clear so the lifeboat went along the Ray until they noticed 3 persons on the South bank of the Leigh Creek. So the lifeboat went back to the mouth of the Creek and followed it along to discover that one had made it ashore himself leaving 2 others struggling in the water to get across. The lifeboat came alongside them and hauled them both aboard. They were taken ashore and handed to the mobile CG unit.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

01/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 059863 Launch: 17:05 Return: 18:10 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: NW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The inshore lifeboat was called to a capsized dinghy with one person in the water. The first informant was still observing the scene and via the coastguard directed the lifeboat onto the casualty. the dinghy had capsized a ¼ mile east of the pier and the casualty was found hanging on to the pier 300 yds from the shore. He was, thankfully, wearing a lifejacket. The ILB crew quickly got the casualty aboard and transferred him ashore. A paramedic was on scene and treated the teenager for cuts and bruises. He had been in the water for some 30-40 minutes but was released by the medic as OK. The lifeboat crew went back out to retrieve the dinghy whilst the casualty was being treated.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

01/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 059865 Launch: 17:05 Return: 18:10 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY Having just cleared the last shout (ref:059865) the inshore D Class was called to 3 persons in an inflatable dinghy in trouble near the Shoebury Bloom. With a following wind the lifeboat was on scene in around 8 minutes and the conditions were rough and windy. During the passage to the incident news came in over the radio that another person had entered the water with a lifering in an attempt to help the occupants of the dinghy. As the lifeboat arrived it was apparent that there were 4 people to take care of. 2 of the 3 dinghy occupants were now standing on the posts of the Boom and were not in any immediate danger. The remaining occupant of the dinghy looked ok with the lifeboat nearby, but the first priority was the man with the lifering. So in the rough conditions the lifering man was taken aboard and in the same sweep the dinghy occupant was transferred aboard. The nose of the ILB was then gently positioned up against the concrete boom and the engine put under enough revs to enable the 2 persons on the structure to transfer aboard safely. All were then taken ashore to Shoebury East beach to the awaiting Coastguard Mobile Unit. The ILB then went back out and recovered the dinghy which was laying up against the boom. No medical attention required and the lifeboat made her way slowly back to station.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 3

01/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 059859 Launch: 17:25 Return: 18:15 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: FISH VL SMLL FISHING VESSEL LADY ANN Cause of Service: DRAGS ANCHOR Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY Launched prior to this service to act as back-up to the inshore ILB that was already dealing with a shout. Thames then radioed in and diverted the Atlantic to a boat seen drifting off of the shore at Thorpe Bay. The 21ft cabin cruiser was quickly spotted and a crewman placed aboard to take a tow-line. The owner had been notified by the coastguard and was standing on the shoreline. By radio he was to direct the lifeboat to which mooring the boat should be secured to. The owner was asked to check the quality of his mooring at low-water.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 060023 Launch: 19:15 Return: 20:45 H/W: 06:58 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT TIGER LILLY Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST Called to a fin keel yacht aground ¾ mile offshore at Old Leigh, 200 yds from The Ray gutway. The lifeboat arrived and got a line across with 2 lifeboat crewmen. By attempting to re-distribute the weight on board to the port side and put some tension in the line from the lifeboat the hope was that the yacht might possibly be towed to deeper water if the 6ft keel could be made to avoid the ground. However, this proved impossible when the line snapped! The two occupants aboard were OK and happy to stay aboard for the flood tide. The anchor was deployed and attached high on the mast in such a way as to ensure she didn?t tip over. The keel was in reasonable soft mud and everybody involved in this job was happy that the best option was taken. Thames CG were informed and the yacht was monitored until she was able to make way once again.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

05/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 060477 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:10 H/W: 21:41 Type of casualty: JET SKI JETSKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY A jet ski with a rope wrapped up in it?s propulsion system was left stranded on a sandbank. It was about a 1 mile offshore between the pier and the Mulberry harbour. The 2 POB and the jetski were taken in tow back to the CG look-out at the West beach slipway.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

12/08/2006 Lifeboat No: GIN: 061491 H/W: 15:28 Type of casualty: PRS BRIDGE PERSON ILL ON SOUTHEND PIER Cause of Service: ILLNESS The pierhead duty crew were called up by ?Southend Bravo? (Brian). A member of the public was suffering with chest pains near where the South train station of the pier used to be. The buggy took him ashore where an ambulance was arranged to meet. The Southend mobile coastguard unit were also on the scene to assist. The gentleman and his wife were taken to hospital by the ambulance crew. CREW ASSEMBLY

20/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 062590 Launch: 10:10 Return: 11:05 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Inshore lifeboat launched to locate and assist a kitesurfer who had lost his board and reportedly climbed up onto the Shoebury Boom some ¾ mile offshore. He had used his mobile phone to call his girlfriend in Hertfosrdshire and she alerted the emergency authorities by calling 999 on his behalf. Another boardsailor who had witnesses his dilemma had tried to assist prior to ILB 1 launching and had torn his sail and ended up on the M.O.D side of the boom. The lifeboat crew found and transferred the initial casualty aboard and on the way back to shore made a check on the second boardsailor to make sure he was OK having been sighted walking back ashore in the shallows. The kitesurfer was safely landed at East Beach and no further assistance was required. ILB RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

20/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 062597 Launch: 10:30 Return: 10:35 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST Launched in assistance to the inshore lifeboat for the kitesurfer on the Shoebury Boom but stood down en route as the situation was kept in hand by the crew on scene.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

20/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 062658 Launch: 12:00 Return: 12:30 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT LA PERLA Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Still on exercise east of the pier, the crew sighted a cabin cruiser that had possibly run aground so went to investigate. At the scene (1/4 mile east of the Mulberry harbour) it was quite evident that this was in fact the case. The casualty had engine failure and had drifted to a sandbank. With reference to the crew in the boathouse, it was agreed to take the 2 POB off the vessel and bring them back to the pierhead. The vessels anchor was deployed and dug into the mud to ensure integrity. The Atlantic [B776] came back later (22.00hrs) when the tide was sufficient and towed the cabin cruiser to a safe mooring in the ray.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

20/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 062656 Launch: 14:00 Return: 14:45 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDER Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: SE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst on exercise near the Mulberry Harbour the offshore ILB crew were alerted by a kitesurfer of another kitesurfer who had landed badly and had suffered a suspected broken ankle. The casualty was quickly located and sat on the sponson of the D class. The Southend mobile coastguard had been made aware of the situation and an ambulance crew had been arranged. The water was at a low ebb and the casualty was walked in sitting on the side of the boat as far as the boat could go. With 50 yds remaining the D class was secured and the crew assisted the casualty ashore and then passed him into the care of the medics.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

20/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 062658 Launch: 22:00 Return: 22:30 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT LA PERLA Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Continuation from previous shout. Vessel ?La Perla? taken in tow from temporary anchorage near the Mulberry harbour and transferred to a sae mooring in the Ray.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

22/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 062793 Launch: 17:50 Return: 19:35 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: FISH VL LRGE FISHING VESSEL LISA CLARE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Called to a 39ft fishing vessel which had a badly fouled propeller. On scene the Southend lifeboat breasted alongside and the situation was assessed. There was no choice but to free the prop if a tow to safety was to be made. 2 crew were put in the water and it took an hour to free the prop. Eventually it was cleared of boat nets, chains and lines but was still unable to rotate freely to allow the vessel to make its own way. However the boat was now free to tow. With the fishing vessel in tow, the lifeboat made its way to the Loway buoy where the tow was passed on to a private fishing vessel, the ?Twilight Star?, to take the vessel back to its mooring up the Hadleigh Ray. Southend lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

25/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 063290 Launch: 16:15 Return: 16:40 H/W: 02:55 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED PERSON Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The inshore lifeboat was called to assist the ambulance service with a casualty they were trying to help. The injured member of the public had dislocated her knee trying to get over a breakwater. The ambulance crew had managed to get the casualty ?stretched? but they could not get the stretcher over the sea wall. The ILB arrived on scene and took the stretcher on board to ferry the casualty to Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Slipway. The stretcher was mounted sideways across the sponsons of the boat and the transfer slowly carried out to afford the injured person minimum stress. At the slipway the lifeboat crew oversaw the person into the ambulance and then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

27/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 063577 Launch: 14:05 Return: 16:45 H/W: 15:30 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Offshore D class was tasked to 3 men in an 8ft inflatable dinghy 1 mile offshore just West of the Shoebury Boom. On scene the ILB crew quickly realised that the men were not going to be able to get ashore themselves. The wind was blowing from the NW and the tide was on the turn going out. All were taken aboard and safely landed on the beach.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

27/08/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 063622 Launch: 14:05 Return: 16:45 H/W: 15:30 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The Offshore lifeboat was requested by Thames over the radio to proceed to Southend Coastguard Look-Out post at Shoeburyness. There was a report of a person in the water in difficulty. The Atlantic was a Thames Eastuary yacht Club and also responded to the request. The Atlantic arrived on scene first and found that the casualty had already been aided aboard a moored boat by two members of the public. The D class shortly arrived behind and both vessel assisted the casualty ashore with his tender.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

27/08/2006 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 063721 Launch: 23:25 Return: 01:00 H/W: 03:49 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Hovercraft launched to a person reported on the mud. He had left his sailing vessel, that had run aground, to walk ashore but had got disorientated in the dark. He tried to return to his vessel but had become even more confused. The Thames coastguard had contact with the man via his mobile. H004 was comm?d in to the casualty. The man was taken ashore to the Southend CG look-out by the Hovercraft and he was handed over to the Mobile CG unit. B776 was also launched and they took his vessel in tow to a mooring near the halfway house public house.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

28/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 063721 Launch: 00:05 Return: 01:45 H/W: 03:49 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Launched to assist the Hovercraft that had launched to search and rescue the skipper of a yacht that he had left because it had run aground. He had tried to walk ashore but lost his way in the dark. The hovercraft crew found him and took him safely ashore. Meanwhile his yacht had refloated on the flood tide and was caught drifting near the Mulberry harbour. B776 took it in tow and secured it to it?s moorings opposite the Halfway House ? as directed by the skipper with the hovercraft crew.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

28/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 063757 Launch: 10:10 Return: 12:10 H/W: 15:54 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT SEA GYPSY Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: SQUALLY Called to motor vessel 'Sea Gypsy' with engine failure just off of Sea Reach No.4. Another vessel was already alongside when the lifeboat arrived on scene. The occupants' children had already been transferred aboard the other boat which left to take them back to Tilbury. Southend lifeboat rigged up a tow with 3 adults remaining on board plus one lifeboat crew member. They were towed up the river as far as Mid Blyth Buoy where the Gravesend lifeboat Rv'd to take the tow further up the river. Southend lifeboat RTS. No medical aspects to this service.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

28/08/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 063796 Launch: 13:38 Return: 14:32 H/W: 15:56 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Called to a kitesurfer off Shoebury east beach with gear failure. When the lifeboat arrived he was approximately 200 metres from the shore. The crew spoke with the chap to see how he was and he was more than happy to keep walking ashore with his rig and board. The lifeboat stood by to supervise this and 10 minutes later he was on shore speaking with the mobile CG unit. No further assistance required. F A G I RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

02/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 064403 Launch: 14:30 Return: 17:35 H/W: 19:40 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT INDIE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SSW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY Called to a 20ft angling boat which had a fouled propeller out at the south Shoebury buoy. The sea was fairly heavy and on scene there was no easy way of freeing the prop from the line which was wrapped around it. So the boat was taken in tow and the lifeboat slowly headed for Two Tree Island. The 2 occupants on board were in fine health. As the lifeboat entered Benfleet creek the tow was converted so as the casualty boat was breasted alongside the lifeboat. This gave the helmsman the control needed to bring the vessel up Smallgains creek and bring it onto a mooring opposite the Two Tree slipway. Boat secured ? the 2 occupants were landed at Two tree slip to make their own way home. Southend lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

02/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 064431 Launch: 14:30 Return: 17:35 H/W: 19:40 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: SSW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY Having just returned from the previous Shout (Smallgains) the lifeboat gets tasked to a yacht at Thorpe Bay with a person board suffering badly from seasickness. On scene the yacht?s occupants were two adults and one boy who was suffering with sickness. The yacht was already safely moored and all three occupants were transferred ashore at Thorpe Bay YC slipway.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 3 People Brought in: 0

02/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 064442 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:35 H/W: 08:22 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT MEMORY OF KENT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY The inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate a possible sighting of red flares off two tree island. En route the ILB was called by the Atlantic 75 crew which was already out trying to assist a yacht aground at Leigh. The wind was causing the sea to peak and trough so much that the Atlantic was in danger of striking the seabed, such was the state of the tide, that it made more sense for the Atlantic to take the red flare job and let the ILB deal with the persons stuck on the yacht aground. This was agreed and the Atlantic 75 went off to Two Tree and the ILB crew came alongside the grounded yacht in shallow water. The occupants were in fine health and, gladly, were found doning the appropriate clothing and lifejackets. They were quickly transferred aboard the D class and taken back ashore to the Inshore lifeboathouse.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

02/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 064452 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:45 H/W: 08:22 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARES Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SSW Force: 9 SEVERE GALE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: VERY ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY Launched to a yacht run aground ¾ mile South of the Essex Y.C (HMS Wilton). On arrival at the casualty it was apparent that the Atlantic was not going to be able to assist further given the low state of the tide. By coincidence the inshore lifeboat had also been launched to investigate flares of Two Tree Island so the lifeboats swapped jobs. The Atlantic then proceeded to Tewkes Creek where the Canvey coastguard units were already searching. The lifeboat searched all moored yachts in the area and could find no sign of distress. After 15 minutes Thames called the search off and put it down to a false alarm. RTS. ?The wind was causing the waves to trough very low and the Atlantic was at risk of striking sea bed.?

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

03/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 064575 Launch: 16:35 Return: 16:50 H/W: 21:04 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY Crew in the boathouse (wet end) spotted two people chest deep in water still walking out into a flood tide. They were some 660 metres East of the pier and about ¼ mile offshore. The offshore D class launched to investigate. On scene they were passed advice about the tide and so made their own way back ashore. The ILB2 stood by to oversee their safe return ashore. The RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

07/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 065052 Launch: 19:05 Return: 20:45 H/W: 01:09 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT THE BALTIC Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY A 21ft speedboat (The Baltic) with a damaged propreller was stranded half way between the Loway buoy and Canvey Point. It had been launched from a trailer at Benfleet Creek. There were 7 occupants on board feeling tired and cold having been at sea since midday. It seems the propreller had struck the sea bed and had become damaged. On scene the Atlantic crew established that there was no medical situation as such and investigated the possibility of repair. An attempt was made but with no success. There was not enough water to get the boat up to Benfleet Creek and so a safe temporary mooring was established in The Ray by radio and a tow was rigged. Having secured the boat the 7 occupants were quickly transferred to the pierhead boathouse (via Pierhead Slipway) and taken ashore by the buggy. On dry land the Mobile coastguard unit was waiting to meet the casualties, ensure they were ok and check they had the means to continue home safely.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 7

09/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 065232 Launch: 03:34 Return: 04:55 H/W: 13:40 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT ANNA MARIA Cause of Service: COLLISION Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY The crew were awoken at 0300hrs by pagers raising the alarm to a yacht in the vicinity of the pier having difficulty. The buggy arrived at the pierhead to find the yacht alongside just West of the lifeboat station sponson. Foreshore officers were already on the scene and the yacht had been made safe with bow and stern lines secure. The skipper and crewman on board were Swiss and seemed to lack experience and were certainly unfamiliar with the location. They had been trying to find the Ray as a safe haven for a nights stay and had touched the ground on the low spring tide. This put them off going in so they diverted. They managed to find the pier but ran the bow underneath the boards and lost an outboard over the front as they tried to push away. The yacht itself was still seaworthy. The sails were down and the inboard engine was running well. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard and the Atlantic escorted the yacht, under its own power, up the Ray to safe mooring South of Chalkwell station. The boat was secured and the occupants left on board to make their own way up to Queenborough on the next tide. All safe the Lifeboat RTS at 0455.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

10/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 065589 Launch: 16:05 Return: 17:15 H/W: 03:35 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY Whilst out on exercise the ILB crew were alerted of a 14ft Fletcher Speedboat in trouble near the Crowstone at Westcilff. On scene the two occupants aboard confirmed that their outboard had failed they were in fine health but needed a tow back to their mooring opposite the Esplanade pub. With the boat securely tied to the mooring the occupants were happy to make their own way ashore via their tender dinghy.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

10/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 065609 Launch: 16:05 Return: 17:15 H/W: 03:35 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT THE BALTIC Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Launched to assist the Atlantic in the call to a 21ft speedboat East of Canvey Point. Apparently the boat had hit rocks, so if it were anywhere near the shallow water it was felt the D class could be useful to have on the scene. Arrived on scene to see that a safety boat from the Canvey Yacht Club already had the boat in tow. The problems was depth of water and had run aground against some rocks. The safety boat was happy to take the speedboat into Smallgains Creek and put them on a mooring. So the Atlantic stayed in the vicinity whist this was happening as did the offshore ILB which was launched but not required. Speedboat on mooring- both boats RTS. The safety boat took the occupants ashore.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

10/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 065609 Launch: 16:45 Return: 17:15 H/W: 03:35 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT THE BALTIC Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY Called to a 21ft speedboat East of Canvey Point. Arrived on scene to see that a safety boat from the Canvey Yacht Club already had the boat in tow. The speedboat (The Baltic) had been rescued two days earlier by the Southend Lifeboat having lost a propeller, this time the problem was depth of water and had run aground against some rocks. The safety boat was happy to take the speedboat into Smallgains Creek and put them on a mooring. So the Atlantic stayed in the vicinity whilst this was happening as did the offshore ILB which was launched but not required. Speedboat on mooring- both boats RTS. The safety boat took the occupants ashore.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

15/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 066137 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:30 H/W: 19:01 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY A kitesurfer off Shoebury East beach found himself in trouble and being carried away by the tide. On scene the Inshore Lifeboat found that a bystander in a dinghy was attempting a rescue already but unfortunately he needed rescue also as his outboard seagull engine had failed. The kitesurfer was taken on board the lifeboat and the dinghy taken in tow with it?s occupant also aboard the Lifeboat. All were landed at the East beach slipway where the mobile CG unit was waiting. The surfer was a bit cold but otherwise ok. ILB the RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

15/09/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:30 H/W: 19:01 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY A kitesurfer off Shoebury East Beach found himself in trouble and being carried away by the tide. On scene the Inshore lifeboat found that a bystander in a dinghy was attempting a rescue already but unfortunately he needed rescue also as his outboard seagull engine had failed. The Kitesurfer was taken onboard the lifeboat and the dinghy taken in tow with its occupant also aboard the lifeboat. All were laned at the East beach slipway where the mobile CG unit was waiting. The surfer was a bit cold but otherwise OK. ILB then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

17/09/2006 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 066351 Launch: 15:50 Return: 16:35 H/W: 22:08 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Diverted from exercise having spotted one male occupant wearing armbands over a mile out to sea in an inflatable in the vicinity of the pierhead. He had no idea of the depth of water or the current and how difficult getting back to the beach was going to be. On taking advice from the crew he opted to jump aboard the hovercraft and get a lift ashore. He was taken back to the Prince of Wales jetty.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

17/09/2006 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 003643 Launch: 15:50 Return: 16:35 H/W: 22:08 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE CHILDREN REPORTED CUT OFF BY THE TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY Having just landed the man in the inflatable from the previous incident the hovercraft was called to Shoebury East beach regarding two children apparently cut off from the shore. En route the coastguard stood the hovercraft down as the children were reported safely ashore. FAGI.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

24/09/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 067181 Launch: 20:00 Return: 23:15 H/W: 02:46 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT GISMO Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibilty: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST Pagers alerted weekend duty crew of a boat with 2 POB, reported North of the deposit buoy nr West Leigh Middle. The boat was discovered run aground on the South bank of the Chapman sands. The Atlantic could not get into them given the state of the tide. So two crewmen waded over in the shallows to ascertain the situation. It was quickly discovered that the two occupants were OK if not a little inexperienced in terms of local knowledge and boat handling. Earlier in the day they had been seen on the pier and had asked ?Which way to London?? they had set off in the right direction but unfortunately with not enough fuel. It was explained to them that the Lifeboat would not be able to assist until an hour?s time when the water would have flooded sufficiently. They seemed to have some understanding of English, being of Polish decent. They were happy to remain onboard with an anchor set in the mud and await the return of the Lifeboat. The Lifeboat returned at 22.15. One crewman was put aboard and a tow set up. The Southend Lifeboat took the tow as far as the Bell Chapman where Gravesend Lifeboat was waiting to take the tow further up the river. Southend Lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

02/10/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 068013 Launch: 18:45 Return: 19:15 H/W: 20:46 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITE BOARD Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: VAR Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY Launched to kite surfer seen making his way ashore by person on the shore who subsequently lost sight of him. The alarm was raised and the inshore D class sent to search the area. Whilst this was being undertaken the Coastguard radioed that the kite surfer had been confirmed safely ashore. No further assistance required. FAGI

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

15/10/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 069215 H/W: 20:04 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS A request for a launch of the offshore D class was made by the Thames Coastguard following a report if a young kite surfer in difficulty near the Shoebury Boom. However a member of public was on scene and the situation was confirmed to be satisfactorily resolved before the Lifeboat was launched. Nil launch. CREW ASSEMBLY

24/10/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 070050 Launch: 07:25 Return: 09:40 H/W: 14:25 Type of casualty: FISH VL LRGE FISHING VESSEL CATHERINE ANNIE Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY Called to commercial fishing vessel ?Catherine Annie? which had run aground 3 miles NE of the West Swin buoy on the West Burrow sands. The Atlantic launched to assist. On scene already was another fishing vessel ?Sara Jane? who was standing by to take a tow. The Atlantic 75 got a line to the stricken vessel and when the tide flooded sufficiently the Sara Jane was able to tow the vessel off to deeper water. No medical aspects to this shout the 2 POB where in fine health. With the ?Catherine Annie? able to continue unaided the Atlantic then RTS for a round trip of 30 miles.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

26/10/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 070289 Launch: 15:33 Return: 16:45 H/W: 15:31 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON SUSPECTED MISSING Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY The inshore D class was launched to search an area off Thorpe Bay Beach. Two persons clothes had been found and the alarm had been raised to investigate. The ILB was tasked to search all moored boats in the area. Nothing found. The search was then extended by Thames Coastguard to search ½ mile out and to the East. Again nothing found. After a thorough search was made Thames Coastguard stood the Lifeboat down which then RTS. FAGI.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

06/11/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 071344 Launch: 15:20 Return: 16:25 H/W: 01:03 Type of casualty: SAIL MULTHUL CATAMARANS Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibilty: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY Two Catamarans out of Thorpe Bay Y.C found themselves out in the Estuary and completely becalmed on a bright still November afternoon. They were found by the 75 crew just North and to the East of the Montgomery wreck on the other side of the channel. The tide was ebbing quite nicely and they were a good mile East of their reported position. The one occupant on each vessel were both in good health. A tow (single file) was rigged and they were taken back across the Fairway as quickly as possible. As the Lifeboat was nearing Thorpe Bay the breeze picked up and it was sufficient for the Cat?s to make their own way back to the slipway from which they came. All seen safely ashore the Lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

14/11/2006 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 071959 Launch: 17:07 Return: 17:32 H/W: 19:45 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST A member of the public spotted an object in the water and raised the alarm suspecting it might be a person. ILB1 was immediately despatched and found the object to be a steering column from a car attached to a mooring line! The crew tried to release the object in order to avoid anymore mistaken alarms. Unable to do so the ILB RTS leaving the object where it was. F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

16/11/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 072061 Launch: 02:30 Return: 02:33 H/W: 09:13 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON MUD Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY ILB2 requested to be launched by the Coastguard following report in the early hours of a woman on the mud with the possible intention of self harm. It was too windy for the Hovercraft to be deployed. Enough crew took the buggy to the end of the pier for both boats if necessary and the remaining crew stayed ashore to assist police with the foreshore search. ILB2 just got away when Thames radioed that the casualty had been found and that the boat could RTS> the casualty was handed over to an ambulance crew.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

18/11/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: H/W: 23:06 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON AT RISK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS A report of a casualty walking out to the water with possible sinister intent set off a foreshore search. The ILB was not launched but flares were taken out on the mud by some of the crew and they assisted the police who were already on scene. One flare was sent up as a report was confirmed that the person had been apprehended by the police and handed to an ambulance crew. All crew RTS and search stood down. CREW ASSEMBLY

25/11/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 072841 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:20 H/W: 03:18 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARES Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibilty: POOR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: RAIN The Atlantic 75 was launched following a report of red flares off Canvey. Thames Coastguard requested a search to be undertaken up Holehaven Creek. En route the area South of Canvey Point was also investigated. Nothing found Thames called the boat off. F.A.G.I.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

14/12/2006 Lifeboat No: D-527 GIN: 074387 Launch: 15:40 Return: 16:00 H/W: 19:42 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT BLUE MOON Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibilty: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY ?BLUE MOON?, a 35.5 Seawing boat with 2 POB was reported aground inside the Phoenix Unit (Mulberry Harbour). ILB 2 (Offshore D class) was dispatched to assist but on arrival in the area had found that the vessel had refloated and was underway to Queensborough. ILB2 then set off in pursuit to ensure that both occupants and boat had come away unscathed from the situation. The D class caught up some ½ mile NE of the Montgomery Wreck and it was confirmed that both crew were ok and that the boat's drive gear was running well and that no water had been taken on board. The Lifeboat crew asked them to call Thames CG on arrival at Queensborough on Channel 16. ILB 2 left the vessel heading for Medway Channel markers No 5 and 6 in order to gain safe passage towards Queensborough. ILB 2 then RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 0

30/12/2006 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 075472 Launch: 19:28 Return: 21:00 H/W: 07:49 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT PIPE DREAMSe of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: WSW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibilty: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: RAIN The Atlantic 75 was called out to a 35' motor cruiser PIPE DREAMS which was stuck with double engine failure in the Ray off Chalkwell Station. The 3 POB were ok but the vessel was in need of a tow because despite being at anchor the weather conditions were not good. So the anchor was lifted and the vessel and occupants taken into Bell Wharf, Old Leigh where the CG was waiting to take details. Southend lifeboat RTS.

Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3 GRAND TOTALS: No of Launches: 137 Crew Assemblies: 8

Lives Saved: 3 People Landed: 25 People Brought in: 118