2009 Services

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Date: Launch time: Return time:Rescue Unit:

16/12/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 186435 Launch: 12:15 Return: 13:00 H/W: 12:16 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB1 sent on immediate launch to 2 persons in the water off Thorpe Bay. On scene the Lifeboat crew came across a capsized tender and two still in the water 50 yds offshore. They were quickly taken aboard and transferred ashore to the CG unit and awaiting ambulance crew. The crew then went back to recover the tender and tow it ashore where the owner (not one of the casualties) was happy to accept it. These two were very lucky - the water was extremely cold and we were on scene exceptionally quickly as crew were in the vicinity of the boathouse when the pagers went off.

16/12/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 186435 H/W: 12:16 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Atlantic 75 requested as back up for ILB1 stood down as soon as ILB1 confirmed situation under control. CREW ASSEMBLY

24/11/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 184578 H/W: 17:19 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK Cause of Service: STRANDED Person reported walking out on mud off Thorney bay (Canvey Island). Atlantic crew sent down pier to launch but stood down before launch as CG unit had recovered the person.

CREW ASSEMBLY

22/11/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 184380 Launch: 09:55 Return: 11:00 H/W: 15:43 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK KITEBOARD Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: S Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
ILB2 launched to support Atlantic 75 crew on scene at North bank of Ray off Chalkwell with kitesurfer knocked unconcious following a hard landing in strong winds. Stretcher bought to scene and extra blankets. Crew assisted with stretcher on sand and assisted in lifting him to the helicopter. Casualties kitbag which was nearby was bought back to station and passed to Mobile CG unit. With the casualty away both Lifeboats then RTS.

22/11/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 184380 Launch: 09:40 Return: 11:00 H/W: 15:43 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: S Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST

15/11/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 183828 Launch: 16:15 Return: 16:50 H/W: 23:35 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched following a report from the Police of a person on the Foreshore who had the intent of self harm. The sighting was to the West of the Pier and the Hovercraft made it's towards the Loway buoy. The light was beginning to fail and the Atlantic was bought to readiness as well as Rescue 125 scrambled. Two policeman (in lifejackets) were taken aboard from the 3 Shells beach since the man was believed to be keen to avoid help and possibly dangerous. As the Hovercraft approached the tideline the Cmdr, Crewman and Policeman searched the area at low speed. The casualty was soon sighted paddling in 7ft of water and clearly trying to evade being spotted as he had his head covered and turned away from the Hovercraft. The crew wasted no time and both Cmdr and Crewman jumped in the water to grab the man and get him back aboard. When he was safely aboard, his health was quickly assessed and he was handed to the Police. He was very cold but only 2 minutes from medical help ashore. The Hovercraft then made its way asap to a waiting paramedic unit and the mobile CG at the Three Shells beach. The Hovercraft was then relieved to RTS and was back on station in 4 minutes.

15/11/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 183829 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS CREW ASSEMBLY

29/10/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 182190 H/W: 21:30
The Hovercraft was requested to a person on the mud at Smallgains creek. Stood down as confirmation arrived in time that the person was found safely ashore. CREW ASSEMBLY

28/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 182073 Launch: 15:30 Return: 19:30 H/W: 20:30 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: GLASS CALM Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was launched to Fishing Vessel 'Carp Diem' with 2 persons on board, broken down North of Sea Reach No.2. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to find that both persons aboard were OK but that the 30' fishing boat had a battery or starter motor problem. Unable to get ashore, a tow was rigged and they were taken back to their mooring at Holehaven Creek. The boat was then secured to it's mooring and the tow left aboard to make their own way ashore via tender. SLB then RTS.

10/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 180362 Launch: 15:30 Return: 19:30 H/W: 05:34 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The weekend duty crew were launched to an angling boat "Red Gill", 4 persons on board with a broken down engine. Position reported to the West of the Red Sands Towers. Arrived in the area to find the actual position of the vessel to be about 1/2 mile NNW of the Towers. The boat was at acnchor and all on board were OK. It was quickly established that this was a mechanical problem that we were not going to be able to assist with. The boat originated from the Halcyon boatyard, so a tow was set up and one Lifeboat crewman placed on board with portable radio. Thames CG informed and the estimated journey time to the Pier was put at just over an hour. En route inbetween the SW Oaze and the South Shoebury buoy another fishing vessel was seen at anchor and a small deviation in direction was made just enough to enable eye contact with the occupants to confirm they were OK. As the Lifeboat approached it was quite apparent that we were being waved down by the skipper and so we headed directly for him to see what the problem was. {See Next Iincident}.

10/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 180362 Launch: 15:30 Return: 19:30 H/W: 05:34 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
During the towing back of 'Red Gill' came across FV Rosina with 3 on board and also experiencing a fuel problem. The lifeboat crew determined that they were also out of Leigh so there was nothing for it but to tow them behind the 'Red Gill'. Again, the occupants were all OK but there was no way they were going to get back without Lifeboat assistance. As the tow proceeded communications were made as to where best to secure the boats and land the occupants. Interestingly each casualty boat was only carrying one lifejacket per boat! So it was apparent that two trips would be necessary to land the casualties on the Pier from the emergency moorings that we secured the boats to. Both vessels were secuted in the Ray and the respective skippers made aware that the moorings were good for 24hrs after which they were expected to leave. As the second vessel was securing the lines a taxi run was made back to the Pier to deposit the 4 from 'Red Gill' the LB then quickly returned to land the remaining occupants of 'Rosina'. SLB then RTS.

10/10/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 180341 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:30 H/W: 17:08 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER Cause of Service: NES Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to a kitesurfer in apparent difficulty off the Shoebury East beach. The casualty was found in knee height water wading ashore. He had is kite with him and was asked if he was OK. He was grateful for out attendance was was very happy to make his own way ashore without our help. The Hovercraft stood by until he was safely on the beach then RTS. False Alarm with Good Intent.

10/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 180341 Launch: 13:30 Return: 14:00 H/W: 17:08 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Southend Lifeboat duty alerted over the radio of a kitesurfer seen down West of the Shoebury boom. AS launching the Hovercraft crew announced their availability and also proceeded to scene. The Atlantic had the casualty visual in the shallows some 1/4mile North of their position with the Hovercraft fast approaching the scene. The Atlantic stood off until the situation was resolved by the Hovercraft crew then RTS.

10/10/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 180320 Launch: 11:00 Return: 13:00 H/W: 17:08 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise at Holehaven the Hovercraft (H-007) was asked by the CG to assist in a shoreline search for a possible missing person. The Hovercraft search the waters edge from Canvey Point down to the Lo-way buoy and then along the Ray Gut up as far as Leigh. The Hovercraft then search along the shoreline back to the Pier and all around the Pierhead and up to the Special markers 1/2 mile East of the Pier. Nothing found. RTS at station to liase with shore based units (Police and Southend CG) stood down by CG as thought to be false alsrm with good intent.

08/10/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 180199 Launch: 17:04 Return: 17:40 H/W: 04:02 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 (D-682) launched to a man in the water having come off his broken down Jet ski. He was last reported drifting East of Barge Pier. 2 minutes into the Service news came from Southend CG that the man had recovered himself aboard the jet ski but was still drifting out to sea on the ebb tide. The D class shortly came up alongside and confirmed that the man was in good health but that he would need assistance back to the Wet beach slipway. He was taken aboard and his jet ski was breasted up alongside. The tow took some 10 minutes and waiting on the slipway was the mobile CG unit. The jet ski was untied quickly from the Lifeboat and he was given some assistance back onto his trailer. The CG took it from there and released the ILB to RTS.

08/10/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 180178 Launch: 00:42 Return: 01:00 H/W: 03:21 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES UNSPECIFIED VESSEL Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to assist Atlantic in search for vessel off trailer apparently left flooding on Two Tree slipway. The Atlantic had gone ahead and their first sweep had produced nothing. From Two Tree slipway there were two branches of water to search -Benfleet creek and up the Thames. ILB 2 was tasked for Benfleet creek. As the D class passed the Loway buoy all units were stood down as the authorities had managed to make contact with the owner of the trailer and the attached car. He was fishing with his friends on the Maplin Sands. So ILB2 RTS.

08/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 180178 Launch: 00:01 Return: 01:00 H/W: 03:21 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES UNSPECIFIED VESSEL Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Pagers went off at 20 minutes to midnight following concern by the Police of a car and trailer left on top of a slipway that was in apparent danger of flooding with the incoming tide. The trailer was 14ft and considered too big for a jetski and it was thought there was a danger of maybe a speedboat broken down or a fishing boat out with no comms. Southend Mobile CG were at the slipway and made contact with the Atlantic crew. En route to the scene the Lifeboat had sent up one para flare to assist with the viewing of the approaching scene but nothing was seen. Conditions were good for searching and ILB2 was requested to cover Benfleet creek. News then came in that the fishing party were all OK and fishing out on the Maplin sands. All units stood down and RTS. False Alarm Good Intent.

05/10/2009 Lifeboat No: D-705 GIN: 179846 Launch: 01:05 Return: 01:45 H/W: 01:40 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a report of a person seen hanging off the back of a boat near the Southend Marine Activity Centre. The D boat crew searched all the boats in the area down to the Halfway House pub. Nothing found. CG stood unit down and categorised this as a hoax call.

03/10/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 179610 Launch: 01:30 Return: 03:35 H/W: 12:47 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The pagers alerted the crew just after 1am Saturday morning to a fishing boat North East of Havengore Creek. The boat had broken down with three on board and the weather they were in very shallow water and in danger of grounding. The Atlantic had to work its way into their position from an East approach to use the best of the water. The casualty vessel was asked to prepare for a line to come aboard on the first approach of the Lifeboat since water was disappearing fast. With the tow line firmly in place the Lifeboat plotted their route back to safe water. The fishing vessel was put on a mooring at West beach and the 3 occupants, who were all OK opted to stay aboard and walk ashore when the tide had gone. Southend Lifeboat then RTS.

27/09/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 179098 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:10 H/W: 19:39 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER SWIMMER Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
H-007 and ILB 2 were out looking for a missing swimmer. A passing crewman had heard the pagers go off a number of times and he turned out to the Offshore Boathouse. This enabled the Atlantic 75 to launch and make a sweep along the South edge of the Chapman sands. The search conditions were excellent and once the Atlantic arrived at Canvey Point the CG stood all units down as given the conditions and other factors, this was a false alarm.

27/09/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 179098 Launch: 17:00 Return: 19:00 H/W: 19:39 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER SWIMMER Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
H-007 launched following report from concerned member of public of person in late teens walking out from Chalkwell beach into sea and not returning. Search of area made with ILB 2 and the Atlantic 75 assisting further out. Nothing found from Chalkwell foreshore up to Leigh. CG recalled units after a good hours search in excellent conditions; False alarm with Good Intent

27/09/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 179098 Launch: 16:45 Return: 18:10 H/W: 19:39 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER SWIMMER Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 tasked to search for missing swimmer last seen off Chalkwell beach. Description late teens, 6'2", wearing blue shorts and plain T-shirt. A search was made of all the moorings in the area up to Smallgains creek. Made a line abreast search with the Hovercraft further inshore, then tracked further West to the East tip of Two Tree Island. Stood down by CG made final sweep of area on way back to Pierhead. Nothing found. False Alarm with Good Intent.

26/09/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 178917 Launch: 14:00 Return: 14:05 H/W: 18:26 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKIS Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Pierhead duty crewman spotted two jet skiers in the shallows,just south of the moored fishing vessels 300yds out, East of the Pier. They had been stationary for some time and ILB2 was launched since they were causing concern. As the ILB approached, the two riders managed to get back afloat and underway. The ILB made contact with them, just West of the Pier and found that one of the Jet skis was suffering with some debris in the impeller but was able to make his own way back to shore. They both had means of contact and were happy to proceed on their own. ILB2 reported back to Thames and then diverted to Exercise before returning to station. No further assistance required.

22/09/2009 Lifeboat No: D-705 GIN: 178586 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:35 H/W: 03:55 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDS Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: NW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to assist Hovercraft with 3 kitesurfers stuck on Shoebury Boom. Arrived on scene to find persons onboard the FV Renown. ILB 1 assisted in transferring them to the Hovercraft. Then, due to low state of tide and with the situation in control of the Hovercraft, D-705 RTS to get back to the Inshore Station. No further assistance required.

22/09/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 178586 Launch: 17:30 Return: 19:30 H/W: 03:55 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDS Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: NW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to 3 kitesurfers reported stranded on the Shoebury Boom having been 'let down' by their gear. Arrived on scene to find that they had been taken aboard FV Renown (out of Leigh). In the knowledge the surfers were safe, the Hovercraft crew went off to recover their kites and boards. All gear found bar one board, the surfers were taken from the fishing boat and landed on Shoebury East beach. Hovercraft then RTS.

17/09/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 177924 Launch: 15:30 Return: 17:30 H/W: 00:29 Type of casualty: CANOE CANOE Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to a man with a canoe, stuck on the mud some 3/4 of a mile off Old Leigh. He was found in between Leigh Creek and Hadleigh Ray and simply didn't beat the ebbing tide. The Hovercraft got in close and managed to take him and his craft aboard. He was in good health and just needed getting back to land. So he was taken back to Two Tree slip, where his car was.

17/09/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 177949 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: OVERDUE
Crew mustered to immediate readiness for a missing kitesurfer off Shoebury west beach. Stood down as crew were half way down the Pier in the buggy. CREW ASSEMBLY

17/09/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 177949 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: OVERDUE
Crew mustered to immediate readiness for a missing kitesurfer off Shoebury west beach. Stood down before launch. CREW ASSEMBLY

13/09/2009 Lifeboat No: D-705 GIN: 177491 Launch: 19:05 Return: 19:30 H/W: 19:32 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 1 launched to a broken down Jet ski with 1 person on board off Thorpe Bay. Arrived on scene, (just off the Coastguard Look-Out), to find Jetski and rider in tow by another Jetski. Stood by until all safely ashore. Then RTS. Southend Coastguard on scene on land to take details. ILB1 RTS.

10/09/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 177054 Launch: 17:58 Return: 18:40 H/W: 05:03 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Inshore ILB was diverted from Exercise by the CG to a report of a 6ft Tender, partially submerged and drifting South of the Crowstone, Chalkwell. This hazard was not only a potential danger to navigation but also could quite easily be the cause of a subsequent false alarm. So the ILB found the vessel and managed to tow it to an orange mooring buoy just off Chalkwell beach. The tender was from the vessel "Cedarline".

06/09/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 176551 Launch: 15:37 Return: 15:51 H/W: 14:22 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Diverted from Exercise by Thames CG to a RIB, reportedly being towed in by Fishing Vessel "Charlotte James". Atlantic went to the scene of the tow believed headed for Two Tree but nothing found. Thames stood lifeboat down as it was assumed Charlotte James took the RIB into Leigh. No help required. F.A.G.I.

31/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-006 GIN: 175825 Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:15 H/W: 23:21 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED MAN Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SSW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft diverted from Exercise to go to Pierhead and transfer a teenager ashore with suspected broken ankle. He was on a stretcher with his father and together with two medics from the Pierhead were to be taken to the Inshore slipway by the Hovercraft where an ambulance was waiting. One crewman from the Hovercraft left on Pierhead to ease load, hovercraft struggled with starboard turbo failure over musselbank en route but made slipway and ambulance crew met together with mobile unit to assist. Casualty was OK and broken ankle seemed to be confirmed as a ligament problem. Turbo pipe failure rectified and run made to Pierhead to swap equipment back, pick up remaining crewman and test repair. All OK so H-006 RTS.

31/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 175825 Launch: 16:20 Return: 17:35 H/W: 23:21 Type of casualty: PRS JTY FALL INJURED MAN Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SSW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY

31/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 175738 Launch: 10:20 Return: 11:40 H/W: 23:21 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst launched on Exercise in the Ray Gut Thames CG requested the Atlantic 75 crew to check a report that had come in on 999 from a member of the public concerned about a small boat with one POB opposite the Cliffs Pavilion. The Atlantic was soon on scene and investigated the vessel as identified by the first informant over the radio. The tender was in fact used by a local fisherman and was safely secured to the mooring buoy. There were no signs of distress and this turned out to be a false alarm with good intent. Set about returning to exercise when diverted to next incident.

31/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 175751 Launch: 10:20 Return: 11:40 H/W: 23:21 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT DIGNITY Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Having just cleared the last job and setting about returning to Exercise the Atlantic 75 was waved down by the 3 crew of a 21' Bayliner "Dignity" that was in the Ray but having problems with engine failure. The 3 aboard were all OK but they needed a tow back to Old Leigh where they were put on a mooring near Mike's Boartyard and secured to make repairs. They had a tender to get ashore and were happy to stay aboard. SLB then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

27/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 175152 Launch: 19:55 Return: 21:00 H/W: 06:31 Type of casualty: SAIL CAT+AUX CATAMARAN Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 launched to assist the Inshore D-boat. The salvage pump was stowed since the casualty had been reported taking on water. On scene found vessel safely on mooring with 2 aboard and ILB 1 in attendance. The salvage pump was taken aboard then ILB1 relieved off duty to RTS. A crewswap was made for Operational purposes only. [See ILB 1 RoS]. The salvage pump was in use for some 20 minutes to clear the water intake. Happy that the vessel was safe and secure the 2 occupants elected to stay aboard on the mooring off Thorpe Bay to make their own arrangements from there. Atlantic was then cleared to RTS.

27/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 175152 Launch: 19:40 Return: 20:45 H/W: 06:31 Type of casualty: SAIL MULTHUL CATAMARAN Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a 25ft catamaran with 2 on board and taking on water; position between the Mulberry harbour and the Pierhead. The boat quickly spotted the casualty vessel and arrived on scene to find two men onboard, OK and apparently with the water ingress under control. ILB1 escorted the catamaran to a safe mooring buoy, off the shoreline at the Halfway House. The Atlantic was called, with the salvage pump, to evacuate the water in the vessel's hull. A crew swap was made as the Atlantic turned up and crewman Wilkinson boarded the casualty vessel to help with the salvage pump. Crewman Field was taken back to the Inshore shed with ILB1 which RTS and handed the scene over to the Atlantic Helm as the light began to fade.

26/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174970 Launch: 17:15 Return: 17:45 H/W: 17:17 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: NES Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Southend Mobile CG called the Lifeboat to investigate a sheet wrapped around the derelict house boat in the Ray off Chalkwell. The sea was rough and so a foul weather launch was made with the water from the aft bags running allowing the engine to hit the water going. The Atlantic then made a quick exit of the Pierhead to get down the Ray. A sweep on the way was made visually to detect any person in the water. On scene at the house boat it was apparent that the barge had various materials hanging from the side of it. Southed Mobile confirmed that what we saw was the item of concern to them. A crewman was put aboard to try and tidy up the overhanging materials in an effort to avoid another false alarm. The SLB then RTS.

26/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174933 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING
The crew sped to the Offshore D-boat to launch for 3 in the water off the shore opposite Thames Estuary Yacht Clubhouse. Stood down as launching. Ambulance and Mobile CG on scene and confirmed all ashore. CREW ASSEMBLY

24/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174605 Launch: 12:48 Return: 13:45 H/W: 16:01 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The crew were recovering the boats from the previous shouts when the alarm was raised again. This time to reports of 3 persons cut off by the tide on the Marsh Sands at the end of the Ray gut. Rescue 125 was also in the vicinity, having been on a shout at the River Roach. Both units sped to the area where the casualties were quickly spotted. It was decided that the ILB could get in far enough to pick the 3 up and take them ashore at nearby Essex Yacht Club. The three youngsters were only 16years old but were OK and looked after by the Southend Mobile unit ashore. ILB 2 then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 3 People Brought in: 0

24/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174590 Launch: 11:55 Return: 12:05 H/W: 16:01 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER SWIMMERS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to assist the D-boat with 2 men who had tryed to swim across the Ray Gut. They had problems with the strength of the current and one nearly drowned. The D-boat had found them on the South sandbank of the Ray and were administering light First Aid. The Atlantic came alongside and took them aboard. Lifejackets were put on them and they were wrapped and sped back to the Pier for a dry off and the warmth of the crew changing room. Both were able to take a journney down the Pier in the Buggy where an ambulance was waiting to give them a thorough checking over. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

24/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174590 Launch: 11:45 Return: 12:10 H/W: 16:01 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER SWIMMERS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Offshore D-boat launched immediately to 2 in the water with 1 possibly unconscious. Two Southend fishing vessels had witnessed a couple of walkers on the foreshore attempt to swim across the Ray Gut. The tide has a good current running and even though one made it across the other panicked as he failed to make progress across to the other bank. His mate mananged to pull him across. ILB2 arrived to find two very shaken young men. Both exhausted and one clearly disturbed by how close he had come to serious danger. They were taken aboard and wrapped up. The weaker of the two was given oxygen. The Atlantic then arrived to speed them both back to the Pier. ILB2 followed to RTS.

24/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174554 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING
Mustered for a person in the water off Jubilee beach. Thames CG stood down all parties at confirmation came in that person was safely ashore. CREW ASSEMBLY

23/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174462 Launch: 15:45 Return: 16:15 H/W: 03:51 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT GOLD LINK Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted from the Leigh Fishing Festival to reports of a 25' fishing vessel run aground in Tewkes Creek with 2 P.O.B. On scene found that they had already been helped by others and so intervention by the Lifeboat was not required. Sweeping past to see that the anchor was deployed the Lifeboat returned to station.

23/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174464 Launch: 15:40 Return: 16:00 H/W: 03:51 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Offshore D-class launched to a broken down 16' RIB off 3 Shells Beach. The boat turned out to be one of the Alex YC safety boats. On scene found rescue had already come from neighbouring Thames Estuary YC. The 2 occupants on board the casualty vessel were towed back with the D-boat escorting the tow. Once ashore the Southend mobile unit took the incident over. ILB2 then RTS

23/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174420 Launch: 14:50 Return: 15:00 H/W: 03:51 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Duty crew were called to launch for an inflatable dinghy off the Sea Life Centre with two aboard and apparently calling for help. On scene found two men both OK unaware that an alarm had been raised. False Alarm Good Intent.

22/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174192 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:10 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
On Excercise with the Atlantic 75 and called to inflatable off Chalkwell, two aboard in difficulty. The Atlantic went around the Pier, the ILB2 went through it. Both arrived on scene to find 1 in the water and one aboard. All OK so escorted to safety ashore. Then ILB2 diverted.

22/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 174198 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:10 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Diverted from last shout and headed for 16'speedboat, broken down off Two Tree Island. The Atlantic, also on scene towed the speedboat back to the slipway, whilst the ILB ferried the 3 occupants ashore to slipway and 2 back to family on beach at Crowstone.

22/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174192 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:10 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 diverted from Exercise to inflatable dinghy in apparent difficulty 1/2 mile East of the Crowstone. On scene found one in the water and one aboard. Safely escorted ashore then returned to Exercise.

22/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 174198 Launch: 15:00 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:10 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
On its way to incident GIN 174192 the Atlantic happened upon a speedboat broken down off Chalkwell - [Incident 174198]. So the Atlantic towed the boat back to Two Tree slipway and when the D-boat was cleared of job 174192 it took some of the occupants off to Chalkwell beach whilst the rest stayed on board for the tow back to the trailer.

22/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 174091 Launch: 11:30 Return: 11:50 H/W: 14:42 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Diverted from Exercise by the CG following report from yacht "Aztec" of a group of people possibly cut off by the tide off Westcliff. The Hovercraft arrived on scene to find two groups of people, initially happy to walk back ashore themselves. Then they saw how quickly the tide was coming in and elected, with their dog, to come aboard and get a lift ashore. Mobile CG met them at the Crowstone and H-004 RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 5 People Brought in: 0

21/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 173934 Launch: 12:00 Return: 12:45 H/W: 14:00 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES LIFEJACKET Cause of Service: NES Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore Lifeboat launched to an object floating in the water off Chalkwell beach. 1st informant with mobile CG conned the Lifeboat into the suspicious object, thought to be a lifejacket. Lifeboat homed in on a mooring buoy. All units stood down, including incoming Rescue 125 which was diverted from Exercise nearby. False Alarm Good Intent.

20/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 173775 Launch: 14:31 Return: 15:30 H/W: 01:43 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: SSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Called by Thames CG to 2 persons in the water off Two Tree slip. When on scene found one clinging to a mooring buoy, so he was quickly taken aboard and found the other person,in a tender, but clinging on to another moored boat by his finger nails. So the Lifeboat came alongside, took him aboard and secured the tender to a nearby mooring (actually the mooring from whence it came). It transpired that the 2 men had been in a red speedboat and had been directed, by others, to secure to a friends mooring that had a tender on so that they could get ashore. However, they actually landed on the wrong mooring and were making it ashore in the wrong tender, as the owner of said tender was making his way back to and (apparent to him), witnessing his tender being stolen by two men. From here, the story is not absolutely clear. The Police had been called and it seems that the effort to put the tender back, together with the authorities looming, an angry tender owner watching, a speedboat adrift and a gathering crowd on the slipway, led to some panic possibly and ultimately one in the water and one very near being so. Anyway, all boats secure, all former occupants ashore, SLB RTS with thoughts of how to get this on one log sheet. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

20/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 173742 Launch: 12:45 Return: 13:25 H/W: 01:43 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHIES Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
Offshore D-class launched to a capsized sailing dinghy off Thorpe Bay beach, opposite the tennis club. On scene discover that the 'casualty' had made it ashore unaided, but learnt of another capsize in the area to the East. This 'casualty' also self recovered. No assistance given to either. RTS- False Alarm Good Intent.

20/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 173727 Launch: 12:10 Return: 14:30 H/W: 01:43 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a motor cruiser with 2 on board and drifting in the area of the Chapman Sands. The Lifeboat quickly spotted the craft and came alongside. It was established that the 2 occupants were fine but that the boat was suffering from engine failure. They were out of Gravesend. They were taken in tow and Canvey 10 (mobile CG unit) found a suitable mooring in Holehaven for the boat to rest on to undertake repairs. The cruiser was duly secured fast to the mooring with 2 lines and the 2 crew were happy to stay aboard. They had provisions, a tender craft and Thames CG telephone number. The Lifeboat helmsman noted that the cruiser could not be towed line abreast since the cleats and blocks of the cruiser were in poor repair. Fortunately shelter in Holehaven allowed the boat to be put on the mooring on a line astern tow. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

15/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 172785 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:00 H/W: 19:44 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to assist H-004 in search for two females reportedly cut off by tide (6314/2009 incident 2). However assistance not required as Hovercraft on scene first and dealt with situation. Then diverted to next shout.

15/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 172793 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:00 H/W: 19:44 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED GIRL Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 diverted along with H-004 to young girl in need of assistance at Three Shells beach. Report of her father possibly cut off also coming through in the information being gathered over the radio. Arrived on scene to find both girl and father ashore and in the hands of the mobile CG unit. No further action required. RTS.

15/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 172780 Launch: 15:29 Return: 16:45 H/W: 19:40 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE INJURED WOMAN AND GIRLS ON BEACH Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Tasked by the Coastguard to a report of one female adult and two children by the Sea Life centre in need of medical attention. The Hovercraft was on scene within 5 minutes but nothing was apparent in terms of people in difficulty. As the search area increased the Hovercraft investigated other people out on the foreshore in danger from the incoming tide. Then tasked to next job.

15/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 172785 Launch: 15:29 Return: 16:45 H/W: 19:40 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Diverted to investigate a report by the mobile CG of two teenage girls in trouble off Thorpe Bay. Arrived on scene within 3 minutes to find that two young girls were paddling in knee deep water and happily unaware of the distress on shore. No action required so set about RTS then tasked to next shout.

15/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 172793 Launch: 15:29 Return: 16:45 H/W: 19:40 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED GIRL Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
As the Hovercraft was returning from previous shout the crew were tasked to one young girl at the Three Shells beach in need of medical assistance. The girl was safely ashore and already receiving attention , as H-004 arrived, for minor cuts she had suffered on the foreshore. No further assistance required from us so RTS.

14/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 172678 Launch: 23:30 Return: 00:20 H/W: 07:20 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARES Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a report of Red flares in the area of the West Leigh Middle buoy. The crew made a thorough sweep of the area and nothing was evident. Lifeboat stood down shortly after the local conditions were reported.

13/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 172426 Launch: 12:58 Return: 14:00 H/W: 18:30 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to 2 walkers stranded offshore West of Pier mid way along it's stem. Quickly spotted and bought ashore by the crew. As they were being handed over to the mobile CG the Hovercraft was immediately diverted to the next shout. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

13/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 172440 Launch: 12:58 Return: 14:00 H/W: 18:30 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report had come in from the skipper of a yacht in the shipping lanes of people stranded between the end of the Shoebury boom and the Shoebury beacon. The Hovercraft proceeded at best speed to the area and found nothing untoward. As the Hovercraft tracked the waters edge, some 17 paddlers or so were approached but no one was in any difficulty and all were aware of the tidal conditions and their path back to shore. No further action required so H-004 RTS.

11/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 172184 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:05 H/W: 04:54 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a swimmer reportedly in distress off the Pier head. Search of area made and swimmer found having made it ashore at Jubilee beach. (Crew members suspected alcohol may have been the reason for the difficulties he had). No further assistance required.

10/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 171935 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:30 H/W: 04:20 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Inshore D-class was called to a sailing dinghy in trouble off the beach at Thorpe Bay in transit with St. Augustine's church. The Lifeboat arrived to find a Pico dinghy had capsized and had lost its rudder. The 2 occupants were back aboard and receving assistance from a jetski rider who witnessed the incident. Unfortunately the Pico's painter got caught in the jetski's impeller and the nose of the Pico was pulled under the water and was now full of water. The Lifeboat crew intervened and separated the two. The jet ski was asked to wait until the Lifeboat returned from towing the Pico back ashore. The Southend Mobile CG was on the beach waiting to receive the dinghy sailors. Southend Hovercraft was in the area returning from another shout and were asked to stand by the jet ski until ILB 1 returned. However, another jetski turned up to help him and so further assistance from us was no longer required. ILB1 RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

10/08/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 171926 Launch: 14:20 Return: 15:30 H/W: 04:20 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED WOMAN ON SOUTHEND BEACH Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to a lady injured on the beach with a suspected broken hip. She was in a beach hut and the paramedics were unable to get her off the beach. The Hovercraft crew put her on a stretcher and transferred her to the Hovercraft which was able to park nearby. She was then taken to Thorpe Bay YC slip where an ambulance was able to receive her for hospitalisation. About to RTS when Hovercraft then requested by ILB1 to oversee a jetski. It was apparent that he was OK as another jetski had come to his aid. H-004 the RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

09/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 171820 Launch: 18:15 Return: 19:30 H/W: 03:48 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT ALEXI Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 called to a 40ft motor boat with 7 aboard. "Alexly" located near the West Leigh Middle buoy with engine or gearbox failure. Taken in tow by the Atlantic and taken up river as far as the East Blyth where Gravesend Lifeboat were ready to take over. SLB then RTS.

09/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 171627 Launch: 03:20 Return: 04:15 H/W: 15:23 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore D boat launched to a 24' fishing vessel with engine failure, bound for Benfleet Creek. Vessel located in Tewkes Creek having run aground with no power. The ILB took him in tow and landed him on a pontoon at the Benfleet YC. With the 4 occupants safely ashore the ILB returned to station.

09/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-774 GIN: 171627 H/W: 03:16 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING CREW ASSEMBLY

02/08/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 170385 Launch: 14:25 Return: 14:50 H/W: 00:26 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report from Thames CG of a 2 persons in a small dinghy and drifting out on the ebbing tide off Thorpe Bay saw ILB 2 launch. On scene the crew found two teenagers on a childs dinghy. The situation they were in and the potential danger was outlined to them and they decided to make their own way ashore. The Lifeboat stood by until the dinghy was back inshore then RTS.

02/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 170351 Launch: 11:55 Return: 12:25 H/W: 00:26 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Atlantic 75 launched to a capsized dinghy with one person in the water, seen to be unable to right off Thorney Bay, Canvey Island. The Lifeboat arrived on scene to oversee casualty making it ashore to the waiting mobile Coastguard unit. No further assistance required, Lifeboat RTS.

02/08/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 170467 H/W: 22:30 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKIIS Cause of Service: OVERDUE
Crew assembled for launch of both offshore vessels to two jet skis each with 2 riders missing. Apparently one was missing and the other was in search of it. The crew got into the Lifeboat buggy and just as they were opening the gates of the Boathouse got stood down by the CG. Just as well! Light was fading fast, so relief all round. CREW ASSEMBLY

29/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 169779 Launch: 15:27 Return: 16:50 H/W: 18:45 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT INDALO Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: S Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Called to a 42'yacht 'Indalo', 4 POB and taking on water, near Sea Reach No 3. As the crew were arriving in the Buggy to launch the Atlantic they could see the vessel now South of the Pier. The Lifeboat was quickly alongside and two crew with salvage pump placed aboard. An ingress of water was apparent but had been significantly reduced by the skipper's attempts to plug the leak which was stemming from the prop shaft hole. The salvage pump was readied but not required at this stage. A line was secured and the vessel taken in tow since she was unable to move under her own power since the prop shaft was plugged to stem the flow of water. Underway, the water level still seemed to be under control. The yacht was headed for Gravesend, whose Lifeboat happened to be out and were happy to take the tow to release us. So as the Southend Lifeboat neared the West Leigh Middle buoy, Gravesend Lifeboat transferred one of their crew aboard 'Indalo' and duly took over the tow. Southend Lifeboat recovered her two crew and salvage pump and passed instructions to watch closely the water level left the Gravesend team to finish the job. Thames CG informed and SLB cleared to RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

27/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 169495 Launch: 16:15 Return: 16:55 H/W: 17:11 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a jet ski and its owner pinned inbetween the twin Piers of Barge Pier, at Shoebury West beach. The South Westerly had him stranded since he had lost power for some reason (possibly lack of fuel) and unable to get around to the slipway. A tow was rigged and the line passed through the nose of the jet ski then bought back to the D-boat to halve the tow length, since space inbetween the Piers and the conditions meant the Lifeboat didn't want too much line out. Duly attached and on board his machine, the Lifeboat headed out to sea and made a right turn for the West beach slipway. Rider landed with his jet ski for a chat with the mobile CG unit about Lifejackets (we suspect!). D-class then stowed lines and made for Boathouse. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

25/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 169180 Launch: 19:20 Return: 21:15 H/W: 04:16 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT LUCIA Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic 75 launched to a 19ft yacht 'Lucia', in trouble off the end of the Shoebury Boom. The single occupant was unable to control the vessel (he was heading to sea on a broad reach). Crewman put aboard and sails stowed and tow secured. Taken up the Ray and placed on a safe mooring.The owner decided to stay aboard with the intention of starting his engine in calmer weather to get up to Benfleet Y.C. from whence he came. The Lifeboat then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

24/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 168855 Launch: 13:40 Return: 13:55 H/W: 03:31 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a perosn reported to have jumped off the East side of the Pier. Arrived to find an elderly gentleman on the West side of the Pier. He was taken aboard and his breathing was checked and found to be present but shallow. He was quickly taken ashore where Lifeboat shore crew and an Ambulance team were waiting. There were reports of the man making a good recovery in hospital, which we are eager to confirm.

24/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 168855 H/W: 03:31 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE WATER Cause of Service: DROWNING
Put on standby to assist ILB 1 if required. Not required to launch so assisted when ILB 1 bought casualty ashore. CREW ASSEMBLY

22/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 168593 Launch: 23:00 Return: 01:15 H/W: 01:57 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT SOULMATE Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: S Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 42' yacht, "Soulmate" run aground near the entrance to the Ray Gut with mechanical failure. Even on a healthy tide, the vessel was aground requiring a 6'draught. A line was passed and she and her 3 crew were pulled off the sandbank. The yacht was then escorted up the Ray where two unsuccessful attempts to lay anchor were made. It was then decided to secure the yacht to a Police mooring for the night. The occupants were happy to stay aboard and make their own way up Smallgains on the next high water in daylight. Thames CG happy with this and so A75 back to station.

22/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 168525 Launch: 14:20 Return: 15:30 H/W: 01:57 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT CATHARINA Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 32'motor cruiser "Catharina" with 3 on board and a fouled propellor in the Hadleigh Ray. The Lifeboat followed the Ray around and the vessel could be seen just before Smallgains creek mouth. On scene found 2 adults, 1 child aboard all well but unable to unsnag the propellor. The SLB put a man on board, and with a line attached he went into the water to see if he could free the line. It quickly became apparent he couldn't free the boat from the line he had inadvertently run over. The cruiser had a stern deck at the water line and this hindered access to the props afloat. Whilst the Lifeboat crew were going over the options with the skipper another call came in from Thames CG which the remaining Atlantic crew diverted to. Whilst this was happening the crewman on board laid the anchor of the Catharina, whilst the skipper came to the conclusion that he wanted to sit it out a little longer on board to see if the ebbing tide gave any effect. After that he was going to use his tender to go back ashore with his family. Thames CG were happy with this. They were comfortable on board and had communications and lifejackets. And so as the Lifeboat returned from its diversion, the crewman was recovered aboard and SLB then RTS.

22/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 168542 Launch: 14:20 Return: 15:30 H/W: 01:57 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Diverted from call underway to a boat adrift 200 yds out from the Westcliff Archway cafes. The last job was wrapping up, so whilst the crewman on board was getting details and laying an anchor, the A75 went off to see if anyone was aboard the boat adrift. It was picked up by the crew just West of the Thames Estuary Yacht Club and it was only some 50 yds offshore on an ebbing tide. So the A75 came alongside, in a healthy swell and determined that no one was aboard, and judging by the state of the vessel, hadn't been for a long time. It was full of junk. Anyway ,it did present a hazard because it was fast going to wash up on the beach, so a line was put on it and it was towed abreast to a floating pontoon used by the YC. Southend Mobile CG confirmed that we had permission to tie up on it. The Atlantic crew quickly reported the situation and got out of the area because it was a good wind blowing with big waves in the close vicinity of all the woodwork of the Thames Estuary YC jetty. So pleased to be away swiftly, the SLB made it's way back to deeper water and the motor cruiser to pick up the formerly 'abandoned' crewman.He reported all was well and that Thames CG were versed with the situation. SLB then RTS.

21/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 168367 Launch: 14:22 Return: 14:45 H/W: 01:04 Type of casualty: AIR BED INFLATABLE TOY DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Thames CG requested ILB1 launch to 2 persons reported in the water from a capsized dinghy. The LB crew spotted them 400 yards offshore, just East of the Crowstone. The two teenage lads were taken aboard and landed on the beach where an ambulance crew were waiting to assist. The Mobile CG unit was on hand as well to take details. The Lifeboat crew then went back to recover the deflated dinghy which was returned to station awaiting collection. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

19/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 168042 Launch: 13:09 Return: 16:30 H/W: 22:54 Type of casualty: ANGLING VSL CHARTER ANGLING VESSEL BOSS 22 Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 8 GALE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched at 13:09 to a Mayday from Angling motor boat Boss 22. 6 persons reported on board, no lifejackets and taking on water at position 5130.65 N, 0051.04E near South Shoebury buoy. Atlantic on scene at 13:31 and crewman placed aboard casualty that had been taken in tow by motor sailer "Outlaw". All occupants of casualty fit & well, although somewhat shaken. Lifejackets provided for all and fitted. Situation stabilised and machinery & steering proved functional. Sheerness Lifeboat on scene at 13:35 and 5 survivors passed from casualty to their Trent class LB by A75. Sheerness LB transferred 5 survivors to Southend Pier. Skipper of casualty remained aboard to assist. Mayday cancelled at 13:38. Second Southend crewman brought salvage pump on board to stem water ingress caused by shipping water over bow and port side due to conditions and leakage of this into hull & machinery spaces. The boat needed pumping out approximately every 10 minutes. Tow by "Outlaw" released at 13:50(?). Casualty continued up river under own power under the escort of A75. At 14:00 skipper of casualty taken off by A75 and transferred to Sheerness LB having rendezvous'd at the Mulberry Harbour. Sheerness returned to pier with skipper and A75 to casualty. Casualty vessel then continued to the Ray in testing weather conditions under escort of A75 and with shelter provided by Sheerness LB. Sheerness LB RTS from Leigh Buoy at about 15:45. Vessel placed on mooring at about 16:00, secured and closed up. Southend LB RTS @ 16:30.

19/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 168033 Launch: 12:40 Return: 13:08 H/W: 22:54 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Thames CG advised us of a Jet ski and owner under supervision by the mobile unit and requested ILB2 to launch. On scene discovered casualty had broken down and needed assistance. The teenage male was taken aboard and his Jet ski taken in tow to the Southend CG look-out slipway where the SCG was waiting to assist. ILB2 RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

19/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 168003 Launch: 10:20 Return: 10:50 H/W: 10:26 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Diverted from Exercise to a grey inflatable in trouble at the Shoebury boom with 2 on board. On scene the Lifeboat found that they were OK - the inflatable looked a little light on sponson pressure but otherwise, they were happy to continue unassisted. False alarm good intent. Then ILB diverted to next incident.

19/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 168000 Launch: 10:20 Return: 10:50 H/W: 10:26 Type of casualty: CANOE KAYAK Cause of Service: OVERDUE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
DIverted to missing Kayaker last seen at the Shoebury boom. Found Kayaker well around the Boom out to sea but OK and happy to continue. No assistance required. so ILB 1 RTS.

18/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 167927 Launch: 18:40 Return: 19:45 H/W: 21:35 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT LIZETTE Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: WSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
'Lizette, a 7metre yacht, had just dropped one of her crew off at the Pierhead and was seen to leave under her own power. Shortly after this a foreline from the yacht fouled the engine propellor and rudder. She was very near the pier and was in danger of collision. Fortunately this incident was unfolding in front of the Lifeboat duty crew who were just on their way back to shore in the Buggy at the end of the day shift. So they about turned and self launched. In poor weather conditions, the yacht was taken in tow back to the Thames Estuary YC where she was placed on a mooring. The one remaining skipper was taken ashore and handed to the Southend CG. The Atlantic then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

18/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 167911 Launch: 16:00 Return: 17:45 H/W: 21:35 Type of casualty: SAIL CAT+AUX CATAMARAN Cause of Service: OVERDUE Wind: WSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic launched to missing catamaran taking part in the Nore Race. B class tasked to area West of the Race to search. Just as proceeding report came in of vessel found and all OK. Stood down RTS.

18/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 167915 Launch: 16:00 Return: 17:45 H/W: 21:35 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT THALRA OF HAMBLE Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: WSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
At 16:30 launched to a yacht aground off Thorney Bay (5 miles West Canvey). Canvey 10 in attendance and confirmed 2 persons on board yacht " Thalra of Hamble". The A75 could see that the wind was pinning the yacht bow on. A Lifeboat crewman was put on baoard and a short tow rigged to pull the vessel off and into deeper water. The vessel was then able to continue on her way unescorted up to Gravesend where she was headed. SLB then RTS at 17:45. GIN 167915 Details: Leon Ferguson, SE22 3RR (!)

18/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 167911 Launch: 16:00 Return: 17:30 H/W: 21:35 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX CATAMARAN Cause of Service: OVERDUE Wind: WSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Diverted from Exercise to assist Atlantic in search for missing cataramaran in Nore Race. Stood down after being tasked to search up The Ray. ILB 2 RTS.

18/07/2009 Lifeboat No: GIN: 167891 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:00 H/W: 21:35 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED MAN Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: W Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
A Safety boat overseeing the Nore Race had an injured competitor aboard ("Sea Safe 5") and brought the casualty to the Pierhead. The Shoreside Lifeboat crew escorted the casualty to the Lifeboat Buggy and took him ashore to a waiting paramedic. The buggy then took the crew back to the Pierhead.

16/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 167697 Launch: 20:15 Return: 20:45 H/W: 08:00 Type of casualty: SAIL YACHT YACHT Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB1 launched to a 17ft skiff in trouble at Leigh Creek with 2 POB. As the D class was heading to the scene more information came in and they were diverted to Jocelyn's beach. It was here they found the two in shallow water with their Mirage sailing dinghy. One of the occupants was assisted ashore and the other escorted back to his craft to sail back to his yacht club. Southend Mobile were on hand to take details. Both men were in good health so ILB 1 RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

11/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 166938 Launch: 16:35 Return: 17:00 H/W: 04:16 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Council Foreshore Officers report a swimmer in difficulty off the Sea Life Centre. ILB 1 launched immediately. On scene discover a marker buoy mistaken for a swimmer. False Alarm Good Intent. ILB 1 RTS.

11/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 166922 Launch: 15:05 Return: 17:10 H/W: 04:16 Type of casualty: ANGLING VSL CHARTER ANGLING VESSEL BOSS 22 Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: WSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Diverted from Exercise to a broken down 22' motor boat near Canvey Point with 5 on board. Day boat "Boss 22" found and in need of a tow back to Watt Tyler Marina. (First of two shouts for this vessel, see ROS No 4974 dated 19/7/09).

11/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 166932 Launch: 15:00 Return: 15:30 H/W: 04:16 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a broken down 12ft RIB with 2 on board 1/2 mile offshore in the vicinity of the Pier. The boat was quickly spotted and alongside. The two occupants were fine but their RIB had a rope around the propellor. The Lifeboat crew freed the propellor from the line and the RIB was able to continue. The two on board had no English but were very grateful for the help. ILB 1 RTS.

07/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 166346 Launch: 12:12 Return: 14:00 H/W: 13:33 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a broken down 18ft Sailing yacht in Leigh Creek. Whilst on way to casualty, Thames CG advised the crew of the Lifeboat that the vessel had made it back to Strand wharf in Old Leigh. However, the skipper wanted to lay up on his mooring off Chalkwell (Old Jetty) area. So a line was passed and he was taken in tow towards Chalkwell. His mooring buoy could not be found and the skipper was happy to lay at anchor in the area of the mooring. The skipper was then taken ashore with his 2 companions with the intent of returning at low water to find the mooring on foot. The mobile CG unit was at hand to take details. ILB 1 then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

06/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 166241 Launch: 13:45 Return: 13:55 H/W: 01:22 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched following a report of 2 persons in the water off Westcliff Casino. Apparently their sailing dinghy had capsized. As the ILb arrived in the vicinity confirmation arrived that they had made it ashore with assistance from the general public. No help required. ILB RTS.

05/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 166148 Launch: 19:45 Return: 00:45 H/W: 00:38 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT STORM Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to a 23ft yacht called 'Storm' which had run aground on the West Barrow Sands some 12miles East of station. The Atlantic got a line on her, in rough seas and managed to pull her off the bank. She was taking on water and bilge pumps from both Southend and Sheerness were taken aboard to evacuate the ingress of water.Both occupants on the vessel were in good health, Sheerness took the vessel in tow up the river when the water level was under conrol. Southend then RTS. Further details with Sheerness. This Service was continued at 23:10, the Atlantic having returned to station for a refuel. The Atlantic then re-launched at 23:10 to take the tow back from Sheerness. The vessel 'Storm' was then taken up the Ray Gut to Bell Wharf. She was then moored up to the West side of the Wharf. The Atlantic then RTS at 6/7/09 00:45. RFRHRS at 01:15.

05/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 166070 Launch: 14:50 Return: 16:15 H/W: 00:40 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: SSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched to assist ILB 2 which had taken a runaway Jet ski in tow having recovered it from running into the Shoebury Boom. The PWC was very heavy for the ILB to tow so the Atlantic took over and took it into Two Tree Slip where the owner (from Whitstable) was waiting with a trailer.

05/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 166070 Launch: 14:35 Return: 16:00 H/W: 00:40 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to a PWC (Jet SKi) reported stuck on the boom with the power on. The D class quickly arrived on scene to find the riderless machine still running. Thames CG confirmed that the machine had come across from Whistable and that the owner had been informed and was on his way around by road. The machine was taken in tow and then handed over to the Atlantic who continued with the Service. ILB2 RTS.

05/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 166067 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:20 H/W: 12:11 Type of casualty: MANUAL CRAFT MAN OVERBOARD FROM ROWING BOAT Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: SSW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Thames CG requested an Immdiate launch to a person in the water, fallen off a boat in Hadleigh Ray. Apparently the freeboard of the boat was too high for the casualty to get back aboard. SLB arrived and took person aboard the Lifeboat.They were checked over and found to be OK and so boarded back onto the moored vessel from which they fell. SLB then RTS.

02/07/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 165627 Launch: 20:15 Return: 21:30 H/W: 21:42 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: ENE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 diverted from Exercise to the foreshore opposite The Leas, Chalkwell to a small boat seen adrift some 200 metres from shore. The Atlantic crept along the shore from Chalkwell station and came across a deflated dinghy 300metres off the shoreline. A final sweep was made of the area but nothing else to report. SLB then RTS with the deflated dinghy.

02/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 165613 Launch: 19:15 Return: 19:45 H/W: 21:42 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: ENE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Offshore D boat was on Exercise near the Pier when Thames CG were heard talking to Southend CG about a small dinghy that was near the Pier and causing concern. The ILB went to investigate and found 3 teenagers aboard and having trouble getting to safety. They were all taken aboard the D boat and landed at the Inshore slipway where the Southend CG were waiting to meet them. The crew then continued their Exercise before returning to station. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

01/07/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 165431 Launch: 17:50 Return: 18:35 H/W: 20:31 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 launched immediately following reports of up to 8 children cut off by the tide off Leigh. The first informant gave the 'S bend' of the Leigh Creek as the scene, which is just West of the E.Y.C. clubhouse (HMS Wilton). ILB1 proceeded and searched the area up to The Peter Boat, public house. Nothing untoward seen. As a search for anyone in distress was being made the mobile CG unit arrived on scene with the first informant who was able to confirm that the group he was concerned about had made it back ashore. ILB1 stood down adn RTS. False Alarm Good Intent.

01/07/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 165398 Launch: 16:00 Return: 16:35 H/W: 20:31 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to a report of two people cut off by the tide, West of the Pier. A search was made along the stem of the Pier and the CG attempted to regain contact with the first informant, who was apparently on the pier. Rescue 125 was also up and so tasked to the incident. Both units made full sweeps of the area right up to Chalkwell but nothing untoward was seen. CG eventually stood both units down. False Alarm Good Intent.

30/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 165272 Launch: 19:35 Return: 20:50 H/W: 19:36 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT DESTINY Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Located 18ft motor boat 'Destiny' with one on board 2oo metres East of Two Tree slipway. 1 onboard and unable to free propeller from mooring line snagged around the blades. One crew member deployed in the water to free the line with a knife. Once the propeller was cleared the casualty vessel was able to make her own way up to her mooring past the Benfleet flood barrier. ILB 1 escorted her for 20 minutes to ensure all was OK. It was so ILB1 then RTS.

30/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 165247 Launch: 16:55 Return: 17:15 H/W: 19:36 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Thames CG reported 2 persons in the water off the Archway cafes, Westcliff. ILB 1 launched immediately on a flooding tide. On scene 2 minutes later, just as the mobile CG unit reported said persons managed to get safely ashore unaided. False alarm with good intent. ILB 1 RTS.

30/06/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 165216 Launch: 14:05 Return: 15:00 H/W: 19:26 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT RENA Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Atlantic was called to a 35ft Motor Boat 'Rena' aground 4 cables S/W of the Man made Island some 8 miles East of the Pierhead. The Atlantic 75 arrived on scene and quickly established that the 3 occupants were OK but the boat has suffered some propulsion problem and run aground on the sandbank. A line was attached to the boat and it was pulled off the sand and into 40ft of water where repairs were made. The casualty vessel was able to continue unescorted after the problem had been solved. SLB RTS.

28/06/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 164910 Launch: 13:25 Return: 15:20 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT ROB ROY Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Report of a 20ft river boat drifting. Located on the South side of the river off Cliff marshes, Lower Hope. 4 persons aboard all OK but boat with engine problems. Requiring tow back to Chatham. Sheerness Lifeboat launched and tow handed to them at mouth of Medway. SLB RTS.

28/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 000000 Launch: 12:30 Return: 12:55 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 2 People Brought in: 0

27/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 164733 Launch: 14:55 Return: 15:30 H/W: 16:50 Type of casualty: PRS JTY FALL INJURED WOMAN Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched from Pierhead to casualty in the water possibly requiring assistance. The scene of the incident was opposite the Hope Hotel along the Golden mile. On scene the crew spotted a paramedic (fast response) in the water with a woman who was clearly having difficulty. Gas and Air was already being administered and both were in waist height water. The Hovercraft beached on Jubilee beach and two crew went over to assist. She was put on a spinal board since there was a suspected back injury. An ambulance arrived on scene and the woman was transferred. Hovercraft returned to Pierhead to continue Lifeboat Open Day.

25/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 164417 Launch: 12:24 Return: 13:35 H/W: 15:17 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER TO YACHT LUCKY Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a report of 2 persons cut off by the tide in a dingy at Leigh. They were on a dinghy tender from a yacht called 'Lucky'. ILB1 searched around the creeks right up to Essex Motor Boat Club. The lifeboat was then diverted up to Two Tree as the casualties were located off Two Tree slip. As the lifeboat arrived on scene the two occupants of the dinghy had apparently made it ashore to the mobile CG unit, so it was just left to the ILB crew to bring the dinghy ashore. ILB 1 then RTS.

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 163014 Launch: 18:20 Return: 18:30 H/W: 06:03 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE TOY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 launched to 2 children in ann inflatable offshore opposite Adventure Island. The ILB arrived to find two young boys having fun blissfully unaware that their inflatable was deflating. They were taken ashore and handed with their dinghy to the mobile CG unit who reunited the boys with their parents. ILB2 RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 163002 Launch: 17:10 Return: 17:35 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT OREGON Cause of Service: STEERNG FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Called to an angling boat 'Oregon' making way but with a broken steering system. The Atlantic 75 escorted her back to her mooring at West beach and stood by whilst the occupants made repairs. All OK so SLB RTS.

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 162911 Launch: 12:05 Return: 14:30 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON ON SANDBANK Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Exercise a call came in from Thames CG of a person/s thought to be in cut off by the tide.H007 was in the area and reported no one in apparent distress. Visibility was good and it was only when the mobile CG unit arrived with the first informant that confirmation arrived that the person/s had walked safely ashore. Hovercraft then continued on Exercise. False Alarm Good Intent.

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 002055 Launch: 12:05 Return: 14:30 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Diverted from Exercise to a report of 6 children in a tender vessel. The vessel wasn't theirs and they were causing concern to people ashore since they were some 100 yds out. The Hovercraft arrived on scene and took them all ashore to the Mobile CG unit who gave them a small talk on ownership of moored craft. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 6

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 163013 H/W: 06:03 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE
A call came in of a jetski overdue on the Benfleet creek area. Stood down as preparing to launch. CREW ASSEMBLY

14/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 163013 H/W: 06:03 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE
As for 75 report for same incident. narrative from 3487/2009: A call came in of a jetski overdue on the Benfleet creek area. Stood down as preparing to launch. CREW ASSEMBLY

13/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 162784 Launch: 18:40 Return: 20:30 H/W: 05:19 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
2 persons reported aground in Benfleet creek in a 18' Speedboat. Canvey CG on scene. Hovercraft arrived and the crew secured the vessel in it's position and took the two occupants, who were OK, ashore. They were landed on the North bank by the flood barrier , where the mobile unit were waiting to take details. Thankful casualty later made kind donation to the RNLI. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

11/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 162526 Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:00 H/W: 03:24 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER KIRBY Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 launched to Tender adrift off Two Tree Island with one on board. The vessel was a black skiff and the occupant was reported to be wearing red overalls. The ILB came alongside and found the tender. The man on board was fine and just needed a tow back to his Mothership which was moored nearby in the Ray. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

06/06/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 161918 Launch: 11:38 Return: 12:25 H/W: 12:34 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT PERRY D Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched to 20' motor boat 'Perry D' broken down and at anchor 3/4 mile NE of the pierhead. 2 persons on board, one feeling unwell but wishing to stay on board. All towed to secure mooring at Thorpe Bay YC where the occupants remained to effect repairs to the fuel system which had failed. They later made their own way ashore by tender. SLB RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

06/06/2009 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 161889 Launch: 05:09 Return: 05:40 H/W: 12:34 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON ON SANDBANKS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: DRIZZLE
Launched to assist ILB 2 crew with 3 persons 1 mile out on the foreshore , one of which was attempting suicide, as reported by the Police on scene. The Hovercraft launched with one Police officer on board and quickly arrived on scene to the 2 ILB crew who were talking to the casualty and his female friend, with one more in shin high water following behind. Everybody was taken aboard and the ILB crew returned to their boat. The Hovercraft was met by an Ambulance at the slipway and they were all checked for mild hypothermia. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 3 People Brought in: 0

06/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 161889 Launch: 05:02 Return: 05:30 H/W: 12:34 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE ON SANDBANK Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2 launched to one person intent on self harm with two friends in close pursuit offshore some 1 mile to the tide line just East of the Pier. The crew could clearly see the 3 on the sandbanks as they travelled down the pier in the buggy. They had just waded across a large gutway. The ILB launched and two crew were put on the sandbank to rvp with the person thought in most danger on the South side of the sandbank. Apparently he had evaded Police intercention earlier and two crew were deployed to add security to a potentially volatile situation. He was met by the crew and they persuaded him to go with his two friends into the Hovercraft which was launched shortly after the D-class. The 3 people were all cold and were put aboard the Hovercraft for immediate transfer ashore.The crew then returned to the ILB which duly RTS.

02/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 161471 Launch: 17:00 Return: 17:10 H/W: 21:00 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Two persons reported off the Alexandra YC in the water. ILB 1 launched then stood down as the persons had made their way ashore. F.A.G.I.

02/06/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 161420 Launch: 15:30 Return: 16:15 H/W: 21:00 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Two persons reported cut off by tide at the Mulberry harbour. As the Inshore D-class approached it could be seen that they were no longer cut off and able to make to shore themselves. The Mobile CG unit waited on scene to ensure they were safe the ILB was requested back to station.

31/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 161128 Launch: 18:25 Return: 18:50 H/W: 18:55 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE STRANDED ON MUD Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to 3 youths in a stolen boat 300 yards offshore at Old Leigh, near the Wilton (formerly the Bembridge). The Police were waiting for them at the shore but the ebb tide had left them high and dry. As the lifeboat was going to assist it was stood down as the lads made it ashore themselves. ILB1 RTS.

31/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 161060 Launch: 16:00 Return: 16:20 H/W: 18:55 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: E Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Inshore Duty crew were at the Station with the Southend Mobile CG unit when the CG spotted an inflatable dinghy 200yards offshore being affected by wind and tide. The CG requested the Inshore Lifeboat to go and have a closer look and sure enough the 2 occupants were having some difficulty. The ILB1 crew took inflatable dinghy and occupants ashore at the Jubilee beach. The RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

31/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 161015 Launch: 14:45 Return: 15:15 H/W: 18:55 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE STRANDED ON SANDBANK Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Called to 5 people and a dog having difficulty making their way to shore on a flood tide. the ILB2 launched and picked them up some 400yards from the shoreline and landed them at the West end of the Pier. They were then transferred ashore via the buggy. All were cold and tired but no medical assistance was required. DE M Brownsell 15/7/09: Query ref which S/h on board craft (see referral tab). No reply to phone, email sent 14/7/09 M Brownsell Reply received 15/7/09 MB: Hi Mark Alan Davidson was taken as crew on this occasion Many thanks Colin Sedgwick LOM Southend-on-Sea Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 5 People Brought in: 0

31/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 160951 Launch: 12:32 Return: 14:40 H/W: 18:55 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT SAIDA Cause of Service: N.E.S Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Launched to take a tow over from Sheerness LB. The casualty vessel was a 15ft speedboat with 2 onboard. Breakdown reason unknown. No medical situation. Taken back to Two Tree slip for trailer recovery. Southend Lifebaot then tasked to next incident. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

31/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 160997 Launch: 12:32 Return: 14:40 H/W: 18:55 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
7 persons cut off on the North side of the Mulberry harbour. 2 crew walked on the sand to assit them ashore as the Lifeboat worked it's way around the gutway. The lifeboat got through the shallows and all were taken aboard and landed at West beach slipway. The boys were very cold and an Ambulance was at hand ashore with the mobile CG unit. SLB RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 7

29/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 160542 Launch: 16:30 Return: 17:42 H/W: 17:01 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT LISA II Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY

25/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 160029 Launch: 17:30 Return: 18:30 H/W: 02:10 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER IN EXCLUSION ZONE Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched by the LOM in replacement for H-004 as tasked to white tender in exclusion zone during airshow. The exclusion zone was subsequently cancelled when the Falcons sky dive was cancelled due to increasing winds.

25/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 160038 Launch: 17:30 Return: 18:30 H/W: 02:10 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT ENDEAVOUR Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report of the barge'Endeavour' aground opposite the Crowstone. The ILB 2 made their way to the casualty and took 4 people across the Ray over to the North bank where they could walk ashore. All safe- ILB2 RTS/ Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

25/05/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 160029 Launch: 17:08 Return: 19:00 H/W: 02:10 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER IN EXCLUSION ZONE Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: E Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: POOR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Tasked to white tender with 4 people onboard in an exclusion zone during an air display. Sent to investigate. Unable to proceed through incident on beach take off. [See report]. LOM tasked ILB2in place of H-004 for shout. See ILB 2 RoS02597/2009 Incident 1.

25/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 159947 Launch: 12:35 Return: 14:00 H/W: 13:51 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Called to a yacht broken down off the Shoebury Boom. Suffering engine failure and snapped rigging. Arrived on scene, found 2 on board, all in good health. Taken in tow back to a Southend Borough Council mooring at West Beach. The two people on board were happy to stay afloat to effect repairs. Southend Lifeboat then RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

24/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 000000 H/W: 01:22 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES POLICE MARINE UNIT Cause of Service: NES
Asked by the Police Marine Unit to transfer 3 persons in Police custody plus 2 officers to the Dry end of the Pier. The 3 people had been caught trying to steal boats and needed to be taken ashore for processing. The transfer was made via the Lifeboat Buggy. CREW ASSEMBLY

23/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 159475 Launch: 12:23 Return: 13:45 H/W: 00:34 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT TRUDY Cause of Service: N.E.S Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report from a lifeboat crew member ashore came in that a vessel had broekn down off the Shoebury Garrison with 4 people requiring assistance. The Lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the motor boat back to it's mooring at Thorpe Bay YC. The 4 occupants made their own arrangements for return ashore later. SLB RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 4

22/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 159341 Launch: 12:15 Return: 12:40 H/W: 23:46 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB1 launched to a Laser dinghy capsized with one person in the water off Chalkwell beach. By the time the ILB was on scene it was confirmed that both person and Laser dinghy were safey ashore. F.A.G.I.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 159107 Launch: 20:00 Return: 21:17 H/W: 09:45 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT JITNIE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SSW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched to assist ILB 2 in search for motor cruiser 'Jitnie'. Seen earlier in the day in the Sheerness approaches and in the Ray later by the Southend, Atlantic 75 crew. Thames asked D-boat to search around the moorings West of the Pier and then up river as far as Smallgains Creek Two Tree. Stood down when cruiser confirmed in Holehaven, occupant safe and well. ILB 1 RTS.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 159102 Launch: 18:25 Return: 21:40 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched to take over from ILB2 which had gone out to a 22ft yacht, apparently aground, off the Crowstone, Westcliff. On scene the D boat crew found 2 on board, in good health but unable to proceed. Even though they were now afloat they had no power and were unable to sail up to their mooring near Two Tree slipway. The Atlantic was tasked to tow them up the Ray to their mooring. ILB2 stood by on scene to await the Atlantic. When the Atlantic arrived a crew swap was made exchanging trainee crewman Singer from the Atlantic for Crewman Kemp from the D-boat. ILB2 was then released to RTS and the Atlantic put crewman Halls aboard the casualty vessel to secure the line for the tow. As the tow was underway, the Lifeboat crew noticed a 32ft motor crusier, apparently single handed, trying to lash up against a barge in the Ray. He looked to be having difficulty so the Atlantic, with yacht in tow, altered course to have a closer look. The occupant, having seen us, gesticulated in such a way suggesting he could use a hand. He saw our situation and we made it clear we could appreciate his situation. Thames were informed and the Lifeboat was requested to check him out on the way back from the current Service underway. As the Atlantic proceeded with the tow, CG mobile units ashore confirmed the sighting of the motor cruiser in difficulty and ILB2 was launched to relieve the Atlantic which was nearing the casualty vessel's mooring so they could assist the large motor cruiser. The Atlantic crew secured the yacht to it's mooring and informed the grateful occupants that another lifeboat was on it's way to assist them ashore. The Atlantic then left them aboard and sped off to search for the cruiser. See next incident. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 2

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 159107 Launch: 18:25 Return: 21:40 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT JITNIE Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: W Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic crossed paths in opposite directions with the ILB2 mid way along the Ray. Neither vessel at this stage had seen the motor cruiser. A report came in over the radio that the cruiser had been sighted off the Pierhead, along with information that the same boat had been seen earlier in the day by the LOM at Sheerness in the harbour over there. So the Atlantic headed for the Pierhead and in good visibilty could see nothing in the area. A request to the Boathouse over the radio for any sighting from the boathouse tower proved unsuccessful. As the crew were considering their search options they were stood down from this incident by Thames and retasked for a new Shout up river. 7 miles up river to Scars Elbow, yacht in difficulty. See next incident.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 159110 Launch: 18:25 Return: 21:40 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT BARRACUDA 2 Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Tasked from a position between Sea Reach No.4 and the Pierhead, the Atlantic 75 punched its way against the wind up to Scars Elbow. Visibility with all the spray produced as the Atlantic pierced the waves was severly reduced. After some 20 minutes the crew sighted 3 yachts on her bow, one of which was the casualty vessel. Canvey 01 (mobile CG) confirmed the casualty vessels position from land and London VTS was made aware of the situation. It quickly became apparent that the occupants were all foreign and this was reaffirmed by the German flag flying at the stern of all the yachts in the area. A sweep was made of the towing yacht and they were happy, albeit keen to 'lose the tow'. A crewman was then put aboard the casualty yacht by slow speed transfer. He was able to glean that, they were out of power, had ripped sails, no electrics, spoke poor English and were en route for St Catherines dock via an overnight stay at a mooring at Thurrock. All this was passed to Thames CG who launched Gravesend Lifeboat to take the tow. This information was loosely given to the towing yacht 'Vagabond' who were happy to continue up the river until Gravesend arrived. Gravesend arrived as the 'flotilla' neared West Blyth buoy. Southend's crewman on the casualty vessel secured Gravesend's line to the yacht and Southend came alongside the Atlantic 85 to take one of their crew off and swap him for our man aboard the casualty vessel, this was done, again, by slow speed tranfer. The towing yacht 'Vagabond' was released as Gravesend took the tow, they were thanked and free to continue untethered. London VTS were again made aware as large tanker traffic, with Tug escort was coming down the river and needed to be informed. Southend Lifeboat was now released as Gravesend headed South to avoid on coming traffic and the Atlantic made an about turn and headed East for the Pier. As the Atlantic was proceeding past Shellhaven a radio call came in from Thames to have a look in at Holehaven moorings to check out a possible sighting of the motor cruiser from the previous incident. It was now dusk and the winds had decreased as had the wave height.Canvey 01 could be seen ashore talking to the owner of the motor cruiser, which the Atlantic crew could confirm, was indeed the boat that was seen earlier in the Ray. The Atlantic came alongside and spoke to the German occupant, who was probably also attending the event the other yachts were at St Catherine's dock. Probably, unaware of the search that had been set up for him, he settled in for the night on his mooring. Thames CG were made aware and Southend Lifeboat was cleared for return to station.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 159102 Launch: 18:13 Return: 21:00 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 launched to sailing vessel, lost propulsion and gone aground opposite the Crowstone North back of The Ray. On scene, found two aboard, in good health but unable to proceed to mooring near Two Tree slip. Length of yacht and prevailing weather meant tow best undertaken by Atlantic 75 who were on stand by and ready to launch. With the casualty now in the hands of the Atlantic crew ILB 2 returned to station having swapped Crewman Kemp over with Singer from the Atlantic.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 159102 Launch: 18:13 Return: 21:00 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
ILB2 relaunched to the yacht that was towed up to Two Tree mooring by the Atlantic 75. The Atlantic crew had got the yacht on its mooring and left the two occupants to wait for assistance getting ashore since they had been tasked to resume a search for a motor cruiser possibly in trouble. As the ILB neared the vicinity, Southend mobile were able to confrim that the two sailors had made their own way ashore via the yachts tender and were not requiring anymore help. As this was being confirmed ILB2 was diverted to a new task. See next incident.

19/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 159108 Launch: 18:13 Return: 21:00 H/W: 20:57 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT JITNIE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 2 was then tasked to resume the search (just aborted by the Atlantic 75 who had been retasked), for the motor cruiser previously reported having difficulty mooring up in the Ray. The motor cruiser was identified as a 32ft Mitchell with a Blue Hull. The ILB was tasked to check the shoreline running down from the Pierhead to the Sheoebury Boom. Along the search line a yacht 'Madcap' confirmed nothing of the vessels description was seen in the area. ILB 2 tracked the length of the Boom and back to Sheobury Beacon with nothing found. It was at this point that Thames reported missing cruiser seen at Holehaven by mobile CG unit Canvey 01. ILB 2 stood down and requested back to station.

11/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 158294 Launch: 16:40 Return: 17:20 H/W: 03:02 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES FISHING VESSEL CARA Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NE Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Fishing Vessel 'Cara' broken it's mooring chain off of Ocean Beach and due to the stong wind conditions was drifting towards the Pier. SLB launched and towed the vessel to a P&F mooring just off of Westcliff Casino. SLB returned to station.

11/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 158280 H/W: 14:37 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARDER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS
Called to a windsurfer in trouble off of Shoebury Boom, Lifeboat stood down after windsurfer had made it ashore himself. CREW ASSEMBLY

06/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 157746 Launch: 18:40 Return: 19:00 H/W: 23:46 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to 2 people thought to be cut off on the Chapman Sands, opposite the Rossi's ice cream cafe. The ILB got in as near as possible and put a crewman on the sand to speak with them. It became apparent that they had a boat at anchor on the sandbank and they confirmed they were going for a walk with an intention to return to their boat in due course. They were made aware of the incoming tide but were quite happy with the situation. Their Mitchell 32' was nearby and so they were left - no assistance required.

06/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 157735 H/W: 22:49 Type of casualty: ANIMAL HORSE Cause of Service: AML IN TRBLE
Hovercraft and Offshore D-boat requested for launch Re: 1 horse, 1 child and 1 concerned parent on beach near Sheobury boom. Apparently the horse bolted off into the distance closely followed by the child on 1 mile of foreshore. All resolved as crew were preparing for launch and hence stood down before launch. Full details of this incident, including the name of the parent, the child and even the pony can be obtained from crewman Friswell (allegedly). CREW ASSEMBLY

06/05/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 157735 H/W: 22:49 Type of casualty: ANIMAL HORSE Cause of Service: AML IN TRBLE
Hovercraft and Offshore D-boat requested for launch Re: 1 horse, 1 child and 1 concerned parent on beach near Sheobury boom. Apparently the horse bolted off into the distance closely followed by the child on 1 mile of foreshore. All resolved as crew were preparing for launch and hence stood down before launch. Full details of this incident, including the name of the parent, the child and even the pony can be obtained from crewman Friswell (allegedly). CREW ASSEMBLY

04/05/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 157575 Launch: 15:00 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:47 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: WSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Whislt on Exercise in the area of the man made island the Hovercraft was tasked to 3 fishermen 1 mile north of the island who were thought to be in difficulty. On scene this turned out not to be the case and the anglers were happy fishing in the shallows. H-004 returned to Exercise.

04/05/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 157578 Launch: 15:00 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:47 Type of casualty: PRS BRIDGE PERSON CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: WSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Whilst on Exercise the Hovercraft was tasked to the Mulberry Harbour after a yacht had informed the CG that a lone fisherman on the the harbour may get cut off. As the Hovercraft approached the area the man was located walking back to shore. Since the tide was flooding, he was taken aboard and returned to shore. Hovercraft returned to Exercise. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 1

04/05/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 157546 Launch: 14:00 Return: 15:10 H/W: 19:47 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT LITTLE SHIP Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
The Atlantic was diverted whilst on Exercise on the South side of the river to a boat 'in distress' near The Cant on a bearing of 163 degrees from the Southend CG Look-out ariel. The Lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes ascertained that the 3 occupants were OK and that the boat had brokendown in 3ft of water. The boat was taken in tow towards Sheerness who were requested to launch their ILB and take over the tow. With the tow passed the 3 occupants were taken aboard the Atlantic and speed back to the Sheerness lifeboat station where Sheppey mobile CG met to assist. Southend Lifeboat then RTS. Fuller details on boat details with Sheerness. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

03/05/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 157341 Launch: 09:05 Return: 09:50 H/W: 20:28 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore D-class launched to a boat that had broken it's mooring off Westcliff foreshore and drifting towards the Pier. ILB1 recovered the 12ft day boat and took it in tow back towards it's mooring off the Archway cafes, Westcliff. The boat was secured safely and Thames CG was asked to contact foreshore authorities with a view to notifing the owner at the first opportunity. ILB RTS.

27/04/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 156768 Launch: 15:06 Return: 16:50 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABEL DINGHY Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Just approaching scene in support of ILB 1 as LOM stood units down, unable to assist. RTS. All detail as per ILB 1 sheet. Information from RoS 1868/2009: ILB 1 was launched to a report of 2 vessels washing up on the sea wall at Chalkwell station. The Southend mobile CG was already on scene and had pulled the owner of a swamped dinghy out of the water twice! ILB 1 attempted to tow the second vessel, a small RIB off, as the dinghy was too far under to do anything about. However, after two attempts it was decided the sea state would not allow this to be done safely. By now the Atlantic 75, which had been requested earlier was on scene but the LOM decided there was no further action to be taken and our units were duly stood down. The wet dinghy owner was left in the capable hands of Southend mobile and the Police.

27/04/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 156787 Launch: 15:06 Return: 16:50 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Just as the Lifeboat crew had put the Atlantic away a call came in regarding a windsurfer who had trapped himself between the Shoebury boom and his sailboard. On scene the crew found the man OK but wedged in. The Lifeboat managed to get in close and took the man aboard with his board. He was taken to a waiting ambulance at West beach (lack of water at East beach). Then RTs. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 1 People Brought in: 0

27/04/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 156768 Launch: 14:45 Return: 15:50 H/W: 14:45 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 1 was launched to a report of 2 vessels washing up on the sea wall at Chalkwell station. The Southend mobile CG was already on scene and had pulled the owner of a swamped dinghy out of the water twice! ILB 1 attempted to tow the second vessel, a small RIB off, as the dinghy was too far under to do anything about. However, after two attempts it was decided the sea state would not allow this to be done safely. By now the Atlantic 75, which had been requested earlier was on scene but the LOM decided there was no further action to be taken and our units were duly stood down. The wet dinghy owner was left in the capable hands of Southend mobile and the Police.

25/04/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 156333 Launch: 11:50 Return: 12:30 H/W: 01:41 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES ORDNANCE Cause of Service: NES Wind: SSW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched for Exercise but diverted to assist in maintenance of an exclusion zone around a Sea mine that was to be detonated in the vicinity of the Pier. Explosion rather disappointing by all accounts for such a large piece of ordnance - Lifeboat continued afloat for Exercise.

24/04/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 156423 Launch: 16:55 Return: 18:40 H/W: 01:02 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT KAZBEK Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
26ft yacht carrring a skipper plus 2 was bound from the Thames to West Mersea. However a navigational error on a flood tide saw the vessel run aground at 55'33.8N,001'01.20E. In fact it ran rather high aground and the Atlantic crew found the vessel listing at a 45 degree angle in the soft sand. The occupants were well and comfortable! And also happy to remain on board for the flood tide. The LB crew secured the yachts anchor so that on the flood the yacht would be secure until the casualty crew were ready to continue their voyage. It was estimated the water would be suffcient at approx 2000hrs. All parties were happy for the Lifeboat to RTS with the occupants left to sit it out.

23/04/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 156333 Launch: 19:30 Return: 20:00 H/W: 12:14 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES ORDNANCE Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
A training crew including two training assessors were debriefing an Exercise at the end of the Pier when a telphone call from the Coastguard arrived. A Sea Mine had been dragged up by a fishing vessel and it had been deposited just North of the opening of the Ray Gut. Bomb disposal advice had been taken and the mine was considered as safe to approach. However, its position was near the channel and the CG requested that we mark the object with a line and a a fender. The D boat was duly launched quickly, found the 1000lb mine on the mud. An old fender with a lifejacket light was secured to the chain with a line. A Bomb disposal unit was due the next day to deal with the object.

16/03/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 152501 Launch: 16:10 Return: 16:30 H/W: 17:02 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Reports came in of an unmanned Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski) floating offshore near the Southend Coastguard look-out post. The Inshore D-class was launched to investigate. On scene the Lifeboat crew found thath the unmanned craft's owner had already swum ashore and so a tow was rigged to reunite the machine to it's owner at the CG slipway. ILB1 then returned to station.

14/03/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 152263 Launch: 06:47 Return: 09:45 H/W: 14:40 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT MEG 2 Cause of Service: N.E.S Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was lanunched to a vessel reporting to be broken down at the Maplin Bell East Carbinal, the vessel was located adjacent to the West Swin Buoy port lateral mark. The 3 on board were found to be in good health and a tow was rigged to bring them back to a mooring in the Ray. The occupants were left on board having been secured at anchor inorder to await the tide with further assistance, arranged outside the RNLI to get them up to Smallgains creek on the flood tide from where they came. TCG notified, SLB RTS. Lives Saved: 0 People Landed: 0 People Brought in: 3

13/03/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 152211 Launch: 15:45 Return: 16:20 H/W: 03:19 Type of casualty: ROWING BOAT ROWING BOAT Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report came in from a member of the public via the CG that a drifting dinghy, last seen off the Crowstone, Chalkwell. This was followed by a sigting of an object near the S.E Leigh, Cardinal marker at 15:40. ILB1 was launched to investigate. The object the Southend CG unit reported was found to be a small fishing boat, anchored with 2 people on board angling at the stern. A sweep was then made around the Phoenix Unit and the Pierhead but nothing was apparent. The original sighting of object near Crowstone was a false alarm. Stood down by the CG and RTS.

05/03/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 151604 Launch: 21:50 Return: 22:20 H/W: 07:07 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING PEOPLE Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Report of a female in the water up to her knees holding a baby. H-004 launched, and ILB2 was already underway to the scene off the foreshore near the Archway cafes on Westcliff seafront. The Hovercraft searched the foreshore up to Chalkwell station and back again. Whilst this search was proceeding the Police units informed us that this may be a hoax call and that a young female matching the description (15) and her baby may have been identified ashore. When it was confirmed she had made the emergency call all units were stood down and returned to station. It appears the young mothers baby was going to be taken into custody by the Social Services and that this shout may have been a cry for help.

05/03/2009 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 151604 Launch: 21:45 Return: 22:15 H/W: 07:07 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING PEOPLE Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2 launched to a report of a young Mother and baby reported possibly in the water off the beach at Westcliff Archway cafes. H-004 was also being launched to assist since the tide was 3 hours into it's ebb and the D-class would only be able to get so far in. The D-class managed to get into about 300yards offshore and they could not see anyone in the shallows. With H-004 on her way and the water fast disappearing the CG stood the D-boat down. As reported in the Hovercraft return - the police radioed suspected custody of the informant and as ILB2 was returning to station the search was stood down as the young lady and her child had been identified safe ashore.

05/03/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 151604 H/W: 07:07 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS
Crew launched ILB2 then prepared Atlantic 75 to launch in case of search escalated. Stood down at 22:20hrs. Atlantic put away and ILB2 recovered. CREW ASSEMBLY

04/03/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 151523 Launch: 20:33 Return: 22:15 H/W: 05:40 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARE REPORTED Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic was launched to a report of Red flares seen off the Coryton Oil Refinery jetty No.4. The informant was a Master of a ferry, so even though over the course of a year when we actually get quite a few "red flares seen off Canvey" that turn out to be false alarms - this shout was given all the more urgency that red flares demand. En route to the scene more details were passed from Thames CG and the flares were reported as seen at 070 from the Mid-Blyth North Cardinal, this detail also adding to the authenticity of the sighting. So the Lifeboat, coming in from the East was asked to search along the channel to the Chapman Sands. The tide was ebbing and anyone drifting would be heading Eastwards. Sheerness Lifeboat were already out on Exercise and had been tasked with searching the South side of the river and the main channel. The Southend Lifeboat search extended down to Shoeburyness East beach, however nothing was apparent. At 22:15 Southend were stood down. Nothing found - false alarm good intent.

01/03/2009 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 151199 Launch: 08:50 Return: 12:00 H/W: 02:50 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR MAN OVERBOARD FROM POWERED BOAT JENSAH Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: POOR Sea: CALM Weather: MIST
Tasked by Thames CG to help with a search at the entrance of the River Crouch. As the Hovercraft neared Foulness Point H-004 was asked to search around the cockle banks on the South bank of the Crouch. The Hovercraft then proceeded in a Westerly direction for about 1 mile then crossed over the river to search the North bank in an Easterly direction. Liaising with Bradwell Mobile CG, the search continued around the coastline heading North as far as St Peters flats (near Bradwell). After a 2 hour search in the area Thames CG stood down the Hovercraft which returned to station. No one found, person still missing.

26/02/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 151026 Launch: 20:45 Return: 21:55 H/W: 13:31 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT MY TIGERBRIDGE Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: W Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise in the Hadleigh Ray, the Atlantic crew sighted a motor cruiser near the Loway buoy. The same vessel was sighted earlier, but nothing untoward was assumed, but this time the anchor was up and the cruiser was clearly undecided as to what direction to take. The Lifeboat came alongside and the skipper confirmed he was not from the area and didn't know how to get to Leigh Motor Boat Club. The tide was too low to even consider getting that far up and so he was taken up the Ray and put at anchor in between the fishing vessel moorings near the mouth of Leigh creek. The single occupant was happy to stay the night there and proceed in daylight the next day. Thames CG were made aware of the position of the vessel and details were passed. The Lifeboat then Returned to station.

22/02/2009 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 150661 Launch: 13:05 Return: 13:40 H/W: 23:26 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: N Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY

22/02/2009 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 150649 Launch: 10:36 Return: 10:51 H/W: 11:14 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: NES Wind: N Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise at Two Tree Island the Lifeboat was called up by the Thames CG to investigate a kitesurfer apparently in difficulty off Chalkwell beach near the Crowstone. The Lifeboat was on scene within 5 minutes and found the kitesurfer having problems with his lines. His ankles were tangled in them and he was unable to free himself. The Lifeboat came alongside untangled him and escorted him and his rig to shallow water from where he was able to make his own to the beach. No further assistance required and the Lifeboat returned to station.