2010 Services

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Date: Launch time: Return time:Rescue Unit:

16/10/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 221990 Launch: 15:05 Return: 17:00 H/W: 20:18 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to a kitesurfer with suspected broken leg of Shoebury East beach. Arrived on scene to find that the adult male had landed badly and probably broken his ankle. TCG alerted the crew that the RAF Sea King, Rescue 125 was in the area and able to assist. This was clearly the quickest way to get the casualty off the mud and to hospital so Rescue 125 was called in. Meanwhile, the leg was stabilised until the helo arrived. The ground was firm enough for the Sea King to land nearby so the Lifeboat crew then stretchered the kitesurfer over. Whilst he was whisked away, safely in the hands of a qualified medic, his kitesurf kit was gathered up and recovered ashore before the crew then RTS.

10/10/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 221444 Launch: 15:18 Return: 15:50 H/W: 03:14 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic 75 launched to a windsurfer stranded on the west side of the Shoebury boom with a broken mast. Arrived to find windsurfer OK but unable to get back ashore. Taken on board, together with his windsurf board and sail. Landed at East beach where the mobile CG was waiting to assist. All done and RTS no further assistance required.

09/10/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 221264 Launch: 15:50 Return: 16:40 H/W: 02:35 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a jet ski, 1/2 mile East of the Mulberry harbour. On scene within 5 minutes, the crew found two on board, father and son (13yr old) out for a ride on the teenagers birthday. Unfortunately the Jet ski broke down and the teenager was very cold and feeling very tired. An ambulance was requested, but unable to attend. The Lifeboat crew took the two aboard and towed the jet ski in to West beach slipway where the mobile CG was waiting to assist. The Atlantic crew assisted with the landing of the jet ski then RTS.

23/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 219422 Launch: 13:34 Return: 14:10 H/W: 01:49 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT COSTALOT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore D-class tasked to broken down fishing boat 1 mile out off Sea Life centre. Arrived on scene to find two onboard, OK but boat with oil leak in engine and unable to run without overheating. A tow was rigged up to take them back to their mooring off Shoebury Common seafront. Conditions allowed a line astern tow bring the boat right alongside their mooring buoy where one of the Lifeboat crew (who was put aboard), assisted in securing the vessel. The tide was on the way out and the two occupants were happy to make their own way ashore later. ILB 1 then RTS.

21/09/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 219127 Launch: 19:05 Return: 23:25 H/W: 05:46 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT CHARMER Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to sailing yacht ' Charmer' reported on a bearing of 069 degrees from the Shoebury CG Look out position. So the crew set course for the East and West Blacktail beacons. When the Lifeboat arrived in the area they asked the vessel to set off a hand flare which they did manage to spot.Unfortunately the state of the tide meant that getting to them would take some time. However, the Hovercraft had also been tasked and arrived to find 2 on board, both OK but run aground through steering failure. Whislt the Atlantic was making its way in, two Hovercraft crew set about jerry rigging the steering to try and create some more options. As the Lifeboat arrived, the Hovercraft RTS. The tide was still low but the Atlantic 75 crew had a route through the shallows which they reciprocated with the casualty vessel on short tow to get back to deeper water. The vessel was tested under its own way, and the steering did seem to be holding up, but nevertheless, it was getting dark and the yacht was only making about 4 knots.The Lifeboat's offer of a tow back to its mooring at Thorpe Bay was taken up. The two onboard elected to stay afloat for the night on their mooring and the CG was informed and happy to release the Atlantic for RTS.

21/09/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 219229 Launch: 18:10 Return: 22:15 H/W: 00:49 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE AND DOG AT RISK IN MUD Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to the Chapman Sands area because of many people (6) on the mud trying to recover their dog which had made a run for it. ILB 2 launched also to assist. 4 of the mud walkers made it ashore unaided but the other 2 were picked up by the Hovercraft and landed at Island Yacht club, one with a suspected twisted ankle. Canvey CG were on hand to assist whilst the Hovercraft went back out to get the dog. This was quickly done and the dog and owner were duly reunited at Island YC, Call came in from CG for new Shout regarding vessel 'Charmer ' -see next report.

21/09/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 219127 Launch: 18:10 Return: 22:15 H/W: 00:49 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT CHARMER Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft tasked to 2nd incident regarding 18ft sailing vessel 'Charmer' which had suffered trouble with the steering gear and had run aground on Maplin sands. This is quite a big expanse to search and with assistance from Southend CG who had a bearing on their radio signal, the Hovercraft was comm'ed onto the casualty vessel. The Atlantic 75 had also been tasked as was working her way in through the shallow gut ways of the sands. Two from the Hovercraft boarded and found 2 on board, both OK. The steering system had failed but a makeshift was put together by the Lifeboat crew which gave the vessel some control. The Atlantic 75 arrived on scene and took over the Shout relieving H-004 to RTS.

21/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 219229 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:00 H/W: 05:46 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE AND DOG AT RISK IN MUD Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Offshore ILB and the Hovercraft were both launched to a report of 6 people on the mud chasing a dog near Canvey Point. The dog was well away and it took a pincer movement between the ILB and Hovercraft to enable the dog to be rounded up. 4 of the people on the mud returned ashore unaided but the other 2 were landed, with the dog by the Hovercraft. ILB2 then RTS as a new Shout came over the airwaves.

11/09/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 217993 Launch: 15:45 Return: 16:30 H/W: 03:41 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: CLOUDY
Diverted from Exercise to a report of a capsized vessel in the vicinity offshore opposite Chalkwell station. Arrived in the area and performed a thorough search but nothing found. No other reports of distress and lots of other sailing vessels in the area. Thought to be a false alarm so Stood down by CG and Returned to station,

10/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 217838 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:10 H/W: 14:30 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDS Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 1 launched to a report of 2 kitesurfers in trouble off East beach. Arrived on scene to find 4 kitesurfers who were having trouble coping with the conditions. All 4 were taken on board together with their equipment and passed into the care of Southend CG mobile unit at East beach slip.

09/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 217759 Launch: 20:29 Return: 21:47 H/W: 02:19 Type of casualty: CANOE KAYAK Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SE Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: POOR Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Exercise in the Ray the Lifeboat crew spotted some red lights in the area that were unfamiliar to them. On investigation the crew arrived along the Ray to the North bank opposite Westcliff Casino to find 3 kayakers attempting to walk ashore. They were making slow progress on the mud and couldn't really cope with the load, so the kayak was taken in tow and the 2 casualties landed at the Pier. Phone calls were made so they had private assistance when they arrived at the shore. No medical issues to worry about here so crew happy to run them back in the Buggy.

06/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 217374 Launch: 18:10 Return: 18:15 H/W: 23:57 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON WESTCLIFF BEACH Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: NW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2 launched to assist Hovercraft to 1 person in the water at Westcliff. The Hovercraft was already away but ILB2 only stood down when casualty confirmed safely in our/Police custody. Made it half way up the Ray before getting confirmation. Turned around to RTS and get the kettle on.

06/09/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 217374 Launch: 17:57 Return: 18:29 H/W: 23:57 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK ON WESTCLIFF BEACH Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: E Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
The hovercraft was launched to a report of a person in the water in The Ray off Westcliff. The tide was out so ILB1 was not an option. A crew were immediately sent to launch ILB2 as well. The Hovercraft got away first and en route were comm'ed in to the foreshore to pick up Police officers who had the subject visual walking along the water's edge. The mobile CG was also on scene shoreside and provided lifejackets for a couple of Police officers to come aboard and take the casualty in. The Hovercraft approached the man slowly and set down to allow the Police officers off to talk with him. Negotiations went well and all were taken back aboard and landed on the beach relieving H-004 to RTS. ILB 2 was stood down as soon as the man was on board the Hovercraft. Details of the casualty were patchy but it is thought that narcotics possibly played a role here.

06/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 217345 Launch: 12:43 Return: 13:10 H/W: 23:57 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
ILB 1 launched to a windsurfer in difficulty in the Ray off Chalkwell beach. The D-class was on scene within 5 minutes and quickly spotted the casualty. He was taken on board with his sail and landed on the beach where the CG was waiting to assist.He was in fine health but was overcome by the weather conditions. He was taken ashore and the D-class made a sweep of the area to try and locate the board. Unfortunately nothing found so cleared for RTS by Thames CG.

03/09/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 216957 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:45 H/W: 08:45 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT BABY PEARL Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY

30/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 216236 Launch: 11:50 Return: 12:40 H/W: 16:23 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE STRANDED Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: N Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Offshore D-class launched to a report of 2 persons stuck in mud off East beach right out by the Shoebury beacon. Southend mobile on shoreside assisting with the location of said casualties. ILB2 arrived in the area to have visual two persons walking along the edge of the tide (confirmed as casualties by CG). Both were OK and happy to return ashore unassisted. They had been cut off on a mudbank but had managed to negiotiate there way back to a safe route ashore. ILB2 stayed in the area long enough to see they were safe on firmer ground then RTS.

29/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 215978 Launch: 01:52 Return: 03:45 H/W: 04:16 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT HAGAR Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Following a Mayday call the Atlantic 75 launched to a 25ft sailing yacht 'Hagar' in the vicinity of Sea Reach No.6. Heading NW bound for Gravesend, en route from Felixstowe (a delivery trip). Vessel quickly located and found 4 persons on board (2 sailors, 2 non-sailors). Unbeknown to the skipper, one of the non-sailors had put in a Mayday call. This was in reaction to a squall hitting the yacht and evidently causing some dismay. Other than making slow progress against the prevailing conditions, there was no Mayday situation to respond to. However, given the weather, the lack of light and the experience of the occupants, the yacht was taken in tow and secured on a safe mooring in Holehaven and the yachts compliment were taken ashore to be greeted by the Canvey CG. All safe ashore SLB RTS.

25/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 215469 Launch: 14:30 Return: 15:25 H/W: 02:21 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT MITONIA Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to a broken down motor vessel 'Mitonia'. 1 km from the entrance of Smallgains creek. On scene found 2 onboard in fine health but with a boat with a broken prop shaft. A tow was quickly set up as the tide was on the ebb and their berth was well up Smallgains creek. Canvey 30 on scene at the berth with the Harbourmaster and made ready with a line as the short tow was released and the casualty vessel gently nudged into place alongside. Mobile CG and harbourmaster thanked for assistance so didn't hang around because the water was going!

21/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 214745 Launch: 10:37 Return: 13:14 H/W: 11:11 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT DOLPHIN Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Duty crew called to a report of 28ft cabin cruiser with 2 on board stranded with engine failure outside Havengore. The Atlantic arrived on scene in blustery conditions to find all on board casualty vessel OK but only in 1 metre of water. The situation was quickly assessed and resulted in a prompt tow being set up and a heading to deeper water set. Once confidence in the water depth had been gained a heading back up river was set for the 2 hour tow back to Canvey YC up Smallgains Creek. At Smallgains determined that there was just sufficient depth to get then back alongside their own berth. They had a party of friends ready to pass a line from their own berth and once the Atlantic wsa detached she came around to assist with a small nudge at the stern of Dolphin to see her home for sure. Details taken,Thames informed and SLB released to RTS.

19/08/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 214522 Launch: 17:23 Return: 18:00 H/W: 21:23 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to 2 persons in the water off Jubilee beach waving for help. Arrived to find two teenage girls very distressed and unable to cross the sharp mussel banks with their bare feet. They were in waist height water and very happy to get aboard the Hovercraft. Their feet were cut up so they were quickly transferred ashore to the boathouse where First Aid was administered by the mobile CG. An ambulance was called as 1 of the girls was fairly shocked by the predicament. Local newspaper coverage on http://www.echo- news.co.uk/news/8347715.Teenagers_rescued_from_the_sea_thanks_to_girl/.

18/08/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 214345 Launch: 14:55 Return: 15:10 H/W: 18:44 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMERS Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to two swimmers last seen near the Mulberry Harbour. They had caused the mobile CG concern because they were on the wrong side of a deep gutway that had flooded with the incoming tide. The Hovercraft arrived to find to lads blissfully unaware of the danger they were in. Even though they were picked up in 3 ft of water they would have had to cross deeper water running at quite a few knots. They were taken aboard and landed at the beach near Thorpe Bay YC where the mobile CG and their parents were on scene to distribute some safety advice! All cleared for RTS.

15/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 213976 Launch: 20:20 Return: 21:50 H/W: 05:35 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Offshore D boat launched to a boat adrift 1/4 mile North of Deposit buoy East of Pier. On arrival find 2 men fishing on an inflatable dinghy. The tide was racing out (3 hr ebb) and with no protective equipment, wearing just shorts and T- shirts and one pair of oars they had no hope of returning to shore. They were hoping to follow the tide out and continue fishing. We persuaded them otherwise and took them aboard and towed their dinghy back to the Pier. They were treated for cold but were OK to be released.

15/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 213942 Launch: 17:25 Return: 18:10 H/W: 05:35 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB2 arrived on scene shortly after the Atlantic crew had determined the situation. A crewman was taken from the Atlantic to assist with the lines as the ILB edged its way towards the stricken craft. A tow line was set up and with a little bit of muscle from our engine the sailing yacht was dragged off the mud and into enough water to tow in. She was taken up Smallgains and placed on a pontoon at Benfleet YC. Once released, the ILB transferred the crewman (Field) back to the Atlantic for RTS. No medical situation here so Canvey CG left to take details from grateful skipper.

15/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 213942 Launch: 17:20 Return: 18:05 H/W: 05:35 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Both the Atlantic and the Offshore D class were launched to a report from Canvey CG of a boat aground just South East of the entrance to Smallgains creek. The Atlantic was first on scene and confirmed the boat was grounded, probably due to the extremes yielded by a Spring tide. 3 on board in no immediate distress. The Atlantic could not get in but ILB2 arrived shortly and took crewman Fields over to assist with the lines. Atlantic stood by to recover crewman at end of job then RTS.

15/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 213872 Launch: 14:10 Return: 15:45 H/W: 17:09 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDS Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic was out on Exercise when a call came in to assist ILB 2 with 4 kitesurfers in trouble off Shoebury East beach. Arrived on scene to find that ILB2 had transferred 2 ashore into the hands of the mobile CG unit. Set about recovering some the equipment that was still at sea for the casualties. Found 3 kites by the West Shoebury Buoy and the other kite out on the Medway approaches. Landed the gear back with Southend mobile plus 2 of the rescued party. 2 boards lost - but we tried! SLB RTS.

15/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 213872 Launch: 13:45 Return: 15:30 H/W: 17:09 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARDS Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: N Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to assist a kitesurfer in difficulty 1/2 mile off East beach. Apparently another kitesurfer was on scene assisting. Arrived to find 4 kitesurfers all in trouble together. One of the kitesurfers needed his gear cut so that he could be disentangled. Once this was done all 4 were taken on board as landed ashore. Southend mobile was waiting to assist along with an ambulance that had been already arranged as a precaution. ILB 2 then returned to the scene to set about a recovery exercise for some of the kitesurfers gear. 4 kites were recovered but 2 boards were lost. ILB2 then RTS.

14/08/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 213627 Launch: 12:15 Return: 13:00 H/W: 16:19 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Hovercraft was launched to a report of 2 onboard a tender that had run out of fuel on it's way to a moored fishing boat. The position was given as North of the Phoenix Unit (Mulberry Harbour). On scene found 3 on board, all OK but unable to proceed. The tender was lashed up alongside and the 3 taken aboard the Hovercraft for the slow trip to the fishing boat they were originally heading for. Arrived on scene to find 15ft fishing vessel, cream hull, yellow topside. Tender secured to mothership and fishing trip back on schedule. Hovercraft then RTS.

09/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 212356 Launch: 10:30 Return: 12:00 H/W: 12:00 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to a 22ft fishing boat with 2 on board and engine failure. Arrived on scene 2 miles from station West of Pierhead. All persons OK so tow set up and hauled up the Ray to Leigh Marina where Southend CG was waiting to assist. Boat safely moored and occupants passed to CG ILB then RTS.

06/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 212256 Launch: 12:44 Return: 15:25 H/W: 21:54 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT APHRODITE Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Atlantic 75 tasked to a 22ft day boat with engine failure down river at Blacktail spit. Clacton Lifeboat and Rescue 125 were alerted as the casualty was not totally sure of their position, SLB arrived in the vicinity of the Blacktail Spit buoy to find the 2 on board casualty vessel. Both were OK but the engine had a snapped cam belt. A tow was set up and they were taken back to the Ray Gut in Leigh. Once the boat was safely moored, the two were landed ashore. SLB RTS.

02/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 211647 Launch: 14:50 Return: 15:05 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to inflatable dinghy with two onboard being blown out to sea. They were taken aboard with the inflatable and RTS. No further help required. ILB 1 then diverted to next job.

02/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 211636 Launch: 14:50 Return: 15:05 H/W: 17:32 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Having just dealt with the inflatable dinghy the Lifeboat crew were alerted to a swamped Dory with 3 persons on board in the vicinity of the Pier. They were able to return to shore under their own power so they were escorted the 50 yards to shore by the Dclass. As the Dory was being unloaded by the Lifeboat crew it became apparent that the occupants were possibly under the influence of alcohol. Suspicions were aroused even more when they announced that they wanted to go back afloat. (At this stage the cause of the swamping had not been determined). Fortunately the local Police were on scene and promptly suggested that any attempt to refloat whilst under the influence of alcohol would be met by an arrest. This seemed to sober them up and the Dory was lifted out the water, fishing trip officially over.

01/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 211564 Launch: 21:10 Return: 21:40 H/W: 05:22 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Launched in diminishing light to a report of two people seen in a dinghy in the Ray by the derelict houseboat. Apparently they had caused concern to someone ashore so we were sent to investigate. Arrived to find two men, anchored and fishing.They had supplies and were equiped for a nights angling.Thames CG were informed of their intentions and the Atlantic 75 was stood down to RTS. False alarm good intent.

01/08/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 211476 Launch: 15:00 Return: 15:45 H/W: 16:51 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Thames CG reported 6 in the water following a capsized dinghy off Westcliff seafront opposite Rossi ice cream cafe. ILB 2 was ahead of the Atlantic having just launched prior to Shout. On scene found that 5 had swum ashore and 1 had been picked up by ILB2. The Atlantic stood by to watch the retrieval of the dinghy. No further assistance required therefore RTS.

01/08/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 211476 Launch: 15:00 Return: 15:45 H/W: 16:51 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 diverted from Exercise to a report of 6 people in the water following the capsize of the mirror dinghy they were in. Arrived to the scene, opposite Rossis's ice cream cafe, to find that 5 had swum ashore but picked up one that couldn't swim. Handed him to mobile CG unit then returned to retrieve the half sunken dinghy. Situation resolved - ILB 2 returned to Exercise.

31/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 211304 Launch: 16:45 Return: 17:28 H/W: 04:54 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT PREDATOR Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Whilst the D boat took one ashore for medical assistance the Atlantic crew attempted to free the propeller of the vessel from its snagging on a mooring chain. This proved to be not possible, so a line was taken from the casualty vessel and the bow was secured to its own mooring nearby. The vessel was thus tethered at bow and stern and made safe. The occupants stayed on board to walk ashore when the tide ran out. Presumably to return with an angle grinder to cut the chain. Atlantic RTS.

31/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 211304 Launch: 16:43 Return: 17:28 H/W: 04:54 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT PREDATOR Cause of Service: FOULED PROP Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
The offshore ILB was tasked to a 25ft fishing boat 'Predator' that had snagged its propeller around a mooring chain off Thorpe Bay seafront. On arrival 4 persons were either hanging out the back or in the water trying to detach the chain. One of the casualties from the vessel was an elderly gentleman who had been in the water trying to free the prop. He was cold and was given oxygen. An ambulance was called as was the Atlantic 75 crew to assist. When the Atlantic 75 turned up the ILB landed the casualty gentleman ashore to meet medics. The ILB then RTS to leave the fishing boat in the hands of the Atlantic crew. This is the first recorded Shout at Southend to feature two female crew onboard the ILB as far as I know, so congratulations ladies.

30/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 211129 Launch: 20:34 Return: 22:10 H/W: 04:22 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The weekend duty crew were alerted by pagers to launch to a swimmer believed to be in distress on the edge of the flats between Egypt and St Mary's bay on the other side. Light was fast fading and the Lifeboat crew wasted no time getting afloat. More information arrived that the swimmer was accompanied by a support vessel - a canoe who was also in need of assistance. The Lifeboat arrived to find that both had made it to water they could stand in. A Lifeboat crewman was deployed to make contact and assess the situation. There was nowhere to land them on the immediate shoreline where anyone could get to them. So they all returned to the Atlantic and the canoe was put aboard across the sponsons. Both were OK but they did need a warm up and Sheerness station was seen as the best prospect. This swim was part of a sponsored event comprising of a swim around Kent, a cycle across the continent and then an ascent of a mountain! Which explained the support team that were ready at the Sheerness station ready to take care of the adventurers. Sheppey mobile were also on hand to oversee. Southend Lifeboat then free to RTS.

25/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 210346 Launch: 15:30 Return: 16:00 H/W: 01:30 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic called to assist Hovercraft with speedboat that needed a tow in. Arrived to find the Hovercraft standing by so Atlantic relieved the Hovercraft and took the 14ft speedboat in two back to Two Tree slip. Mobile CG on hand to assist ashore. Atlantic then RTS.

25/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 210346 Launch: 15:27 Return: 17:00 H/W: 01:34 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on exercise Hovercraft diverted to a broken down speedboat by Thames Coastguard. Arrived 200 yards South of Two Tree slip to find 4 on board all OK but in need of a tow back to Two Tree slipway. The Atlantic 75 was tasked and the Hovercraft was no longer required so RTE (Returned to Exercise).

24/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 210173 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:00 H/W: 00:52 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING PERSON Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise at the Ness Road slipway an 'Immediate' came over the radio from Thames CG. The call was for a missing child from a mother at the Halfway House area of the foreshore. The Hovercraft arrived to find a very distraught mother indicating that the child was last seen walking towards the sea. The Hovercraft went off and found the child OK but approximately 1 mile off. On return it was evident the mother was falling into shock. Oxygen was given and she was passed to an ambulance for transfer to hospital.

24/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 210173 Launch: 18:00 Return: 19:00 H/W: 00:52 Type of casualty: PERSON ILL SICK WOMAN Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise at the Ness Road slipway an 'Immediate' came over the radio from Thames CG. The call was for a missing child from a mother at the Halfway House area of the foreshore. The Hovercraft arrived to find a very distraught mother indicating that the child was last seen walking towards the sea. The Hovercraft went off and found the child OK but approximately 1 mile off. On return it was evident the mother was falling into shock. Oxygen was given and she was passed to an ambulance for transfer to hospital.

24/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 210137 Launch: 15:20 Return: 16:30 H/W: 00:52 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Call at 15:20 diverted from Exercise H-004 to a 12ft fishing boat aground on Chapman Sands (205 degrees, 2.5miles from station). Arrived to find 2 onboard all OK but the boat would not refloat so an anchor was put out and the vessel left in situ. 2 landed on the Two Tree slip with intention of occupants returning next day to recover boat. Skipper name: Robert May. Returned to Exercise 16:30

24/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 210113 Launch: 14:30 Return: 14:55 H/W: 00:03 Type of casualty: SURFBOARD SURFBOARD Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: S Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Launched to a report of a windsurfer in difficulty off Thorney Bay, Canvey Island. The Lifeboat liaised with the mobile unit on the island to comm the Lifeboat in. On arriving on scene the 'casualty' was confirmed to actually be a group of helium balloons that had come down in the water. A sweep was made of the area to be sure that there was no one in trouble. All clear SLB RTS. False alarm good intent.

19/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 209404 Launch: 16:10 Return: 16:40 H/W: 19:13 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES HOUSE BOAT Cause of Service: LAND PERSONS Wind: E Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to two persons stranded on the derelict house boat moored in the Ray Gut. They had managed to get aboard but were unable to return ashore. The ILB got alongside and took them back to Jocelyn's beach at Chalkwell station. No medical situation to report- handed to mobile CG and then ILB 1 RTS.

18/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 209283 Launch: 19:20 Return: 19:50 H/W: 18:17 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a swimmer in difficulty off the shore opposite the Cliffs Pavilion. The D class arrived in the area and a sweep of the immediate area proved nothing. Ashore, the mobile CG unit found one person just out of the surf with a surf board - but he was OK and not in need of help. The D class made another search in the water but conditions were excellent and it was with a high degree of confidence they could report nothing else apparent untoward in the water. Thames CG stood down the Dboat which RTS. False alarm with Good Intent suspected.

17/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 209086 Launch: 17:45 Return: 18:45 H/W: 06:06 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Crew about to return ashore after a day's watch at the Pierhead, when a request to launch came in to a Powerboat in trouble, Old Leigh. On scene 1/4 mil west of Two Tree slip found 3 adult females and a dog (Jess) on board a Powerboat suffering engine failure. All on board were OK. They need a tow back to Leigh Mariner. All landed ashore at the Leigh Marina and Atlantic cleared to RTS.

15/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 208670 Launch: 14:10 Return: 15:40 H/W: 15:59 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 8 GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: VERY ROUGH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Thames CG requested Atlantic launch to 27' yacht aground on the South side of the Ray gut at Leigh. One person aboard and in difficulty in rough weather conditions. On scene a crewman was quickly put aboard and a tow line secured. Once the yacht was cleared of the grounding she was taken to a mooring in the Ray. SLB then RTS.

13/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 208486 Launch: 22:35 Return: 23:30 H/W: 02:59 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES HOUSE BOAT Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft tasked to investigate a reported fire on the House Boat in the Ray. The vessel has been sitting derelict for a number of years in the Ray now and the fear was that someone may have been aboard and started a fire either on purpose or inadvertently. The Hovercraft went with 2 firemen who had also been tasked. Arriving on scene it appeared there was no fire. Closer investigation also showed no evidence of a fire. The Firemen were returned ashore and the Hovercraft RTS. False Alarm.

11/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 208139 Launch: 20:00 Return: 20:40 H/W: 01:18 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING PERSON Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SSW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to assit the Hovercraft in a search for a missing boy. Tasked to search area off Jubilee beach and then Thorpe Bay. Then came back up river to sweep area off Westcliff Archway cafe's. Went as far out as the Ray gutway then stood down as child confirmed safe ashore.

11/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 208139 Launch: 19:30 Return: 21:00 H/W: 01:18 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SSW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to search for a missing child. Child believed to be autistic. Searched area east of Pier down as far as the CG look out. Person eventually located on a train. H/c RTS.

11/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 208026 Launch: 13:10 Return: 13:30 H/W: 01:22 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLOUDY
The ILB2 was launched to assist the Atlantic 75 for a report of two young girls in the water off Chalkwell. Information also suggested that one was unconcious. Arrived to find both girls on beach being attended to by medics. No further assistance required from us so RTS.

11/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 208026 Launch: 13:02 Return: 13:35 H/W: 01:22 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 2 launched to 2 persons in the water off Chalkwell, one apparently unconscious. Arrived in the area to find 2 young girls on the beach being attended to by paramedics. Apparently they had separated from a capsized dinghy. ILB2 RTS.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 207840 Launch: 17:45 Return: 18:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Launched to assist Hovercraft and ILB 2 for missing boy East of Pier. Originated from the Halfway House area, the Atlantic swept the area outside the ILB. ILB 2 quickly had boy in sights clinging to deposit marker. Atlantic diverted to advise persons on Mulberry Harbour of incoming tide. Then diverted to another missing child.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 207850 Launch: 17:45 Return: 18:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Diverted to assist with search for a teenage boy missing for 1.5 hours. Began an area sweep but it was not long before the lad was located. Atlantic stood down and RTS.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 207840 Launch: 17:45 Return: 18:45 H/W: 00:27 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to a report of a child stuck in the mud off Halfway house (1.5 miles East of station). On the way to the position of the first informant the Hovercraft crew were waved down by an adult male and child. The adult reported that his son had gone missing and may have headed for deeper water. ILB2 was requested to assist. The Hovercraft was now searching for two missing children. ILB2 successfully found one child (the second one reported) clinging to a buoy. He was passed to the Hovercraft where he was given a blanket and some oxygen. He was then landed ashore and transfered into the care of the mobile CG unit. Hovercraft then returned to its original tasking.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 207850 Launch: 17:45 Return: 18:45 H/W: 00:27 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Continued search for missing boy. A 15 year old that had been missing for some time. During the search CG reported that the parents had the boy visual. So the Hovercraft was comm'd onto him and he was transferred ashore back into their care.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 207840 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 launched to assist the Foreshore Office and Hovercraft with a search for a missing boy. The Hovercraft had the shallows and foreshore covered and the ILB was tasked with the deeper water. As the D class approached the Outer Deposit Buoy the young lad could be seen clinging to it. He was swiftly picked up and bought in the boat. The Hovercraft RVP'd with the D class in order to get him ashore and in the hands of medics asap. An ambulance that had previously been tasked was still in the area and the lad was treated for shock and mild hypothermia. ILB 2 then cleared for RTS.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 207850 Launch: 17:40 Return: 18:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
As returning from last job tasked to another missing child in the vicinity of the Mulberry Harbour. Two crewman placed on the mud with radios but nothing found. Then information arrived of child safe and well so ILB RTS having recovered crew.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 207787 Launch: 15:30 Return: 16:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SSE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 requested for immediate launch to search tideline for missing 5 year old boy. Last seen by his father at 15:25. Two crewmen where deployed on the mud with radios to search tideline. Meanwhile ILB2 searched in deeper water along the Ray gut. Further information diverted ILB 2 to the Gut way East of the Pier as the tide was now ebbing. Stood down when confirmation arrived that the boy had been found ashore. Crewmen recovered for journey back to station when another job came in.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 207810 Launch: 15:30 Return: 16:30 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: SMAL CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SSE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB2 diverted to a speedboat with 5 persons on board that were causing concern to the CG. None of the occupants were wearing Lifejackets and the Lifeboat was asked to investigate. Coming alongside it was learnt that the speedboat had been launcehed from a yacht "Memory of Kent". The speedboat was bound for Chatham and they were going to set off in 40 mins. No more assistance was required and so ILB RTS.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-001 GIN: 207787 Launch: 15:30 Return: 17:00 H/W: 00:27 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING CHILD Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to assist ILB2 in search for missing 5 year old boy. Hovercraft tasked to search 250 metres out from shoreline from Pier west to Casino. Child found ashore by Foreshore Personnel. Hovercraft RTS.

10/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 207729 Launch: 13:15 Return: 13:55 H/W: 00:30 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHIES Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 2 was launched to a report of 2 drifting inflatables in the vicinity of the Shoebury Boom. The Lifeboat crew arrived to find one inflatable with an adult and child aboard and another with a single male occupant aboard. The solo occupant was given some safety advice but he elected to make do with his makeshift anchor. The other inflatable's occupants were persuaded to make their way back to shallower water and were slowly escorted in by the ILB. They were just as happy 50 yds offshore and well away from the Boom. CG happy ILB RTS.

08/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 203415 Launch: 13:25 Return: 16:00 H/W: 22:10 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED INJURED MAN Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to person in the mud near the cockle sheds in Old Leigh. Information given that Fire Brigade were also tasked and that the man had a possible back injury. The Hovercraft arrived on scene having had to thread its way along the Leigh Creek and get in as near as it possibly could. The casualty could be seen but neither the Hovercraft or the Fire Brigade could get in close. With the water well away two of our crewmen deployed onto the mud with a stretcher to reach the stranded casualty. This was exhausting work just reaching him but they arrived to find that he was in good spirits but unable to move. The two crewmen then put the man on a stretcher and slowly carried him towards the shore where an ambulance was waiting to take over. This was even harder than reaching the man, and it took a lot of effort for the crewmen to perform this task. Once the casualty was safely handed over, they returned to the Hovercraft to make good their return to station.

07/07/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 207329 Launch: 17:50 Return: 18:10 H/W: 21:17 Type of casualty: PRS JTY FALL PERSON AT RISK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 was tasked to a person who had or was about to jump from the Pier into the sea. A full sweep was made of the stem of the Pier and around the Pierhead. Other crew were on the Pier making their way towards the end in the Buggy. Nothing found after a couple of sweeps. About to switch location to Barge Pier, when fresh information came in that the suspect was apparently in the vicinity of the Sea Life Centre, Southend seafront. Arrived on scene to find male teenager on the beach with mobile phone. Police on scene to confirm that this was our casualty. ILB RTS for recovery.

07/07/2010 Lifeboat No: GIN: 207329 H/W: 00:00 Type of casualty: PRS JTY FALL PERSON AT RISK Cause of Service: IN DISTRESS
Whilst the Inshore D boat was away searching the seaward side of the Pier for a possible person in the water, the Offshore crew met Police on the Pier stem who had the first informant with them. Two crew were deployed on foot along the Pier stem and the rest made a search of the lower levels of the Pierhead. As this search was proceeding the first informant managed to get mobile phone contact with the casualty.Fresh information was relayed to Thames CG that the person was in sight of the Sea Life Centre. The ILB was already en route moving towards Barge Pier and the chap was apprehended in minutes on the beach. CREW ASSEMBLY

05/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 207042 Launch: 13:40 Return: 14:00 H/W: 19:08 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: N Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was launched to a report of 3 people cut off by the incoming tide at the Mulberry Harbour (Phoenix unit). Arrived to find 3 people on the foreshore on at the edge of the Thorpe Bay YC moorings- so not actually cut off. Advice was passed but no further help required as they were able to walk back ashore unassisted. False Alarm with Good Intent.

04/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 206934 Launch: 17:30 Return: 18:10 H/W: 18:11 Type of casualty: TENDER PLEAS TENDER Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 crew were launched to 4 POB 1/2 mile of Grain Edge in a 2 metre metal tender.No engine and being blown out to sea, and at risk of being swamped by the conditions. The red hull of the small vessel was spotted 3/4 mile off starboard bow as it was being tossed by the waves. The Lifeboat crew came alongside and quickly took the teenagers aboard. Two were bare chested and very cold and not one lifejacket between them - just two heavy wooden oars which they could not handle. They were picked up about half way between Dolly Bank on the Kent side and the Mid Swatch buoy and even though the tide was approaching it's high point, the wind seemed to be keeping it back because the water got shallow very quickly. The 2 metre dinghy was lifted aboard and rested on the bow of the Lifeboat whilst the two teenagers that were cold, wrapped in a wind protector. The Lifeboat then made its way into Dolly Bank beach where Mobile unit (Medway Zulu) was waiting to assist. The young casualties were feeling a lot better now, blissfully unaware (for now) of the danger they had been in. The youngsters walked the last 30 metres ashore, one on each corner of the dinghy, in shallow water under the watchful eye of the CG and the Lifeboat. Once they were safely transferred the Lifeboat got underway and made for deeper water for RTS.

04/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 206843 Launch: 12:10 Return: 15:00 H/W: 18:17 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic was diverted from Exercise by sighting of 5+ people out on the mud near the end of the Shoebury boom. This was of concern to the crew as the tide was flooding and they were a long way from the shoreline. Advice was passed and the Southend CG alerted. The walkers elected to walk back to shore unescorted but under the watchful eye of the CG. Exercise resumed.

04/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 206862 Launch: 12:10 Return: 15:00 H/W: 18:17 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise the Lifeboat came across a dinghy which was in trouble which looked to be caused by the prevailing weather with the wind being over tide. The jib was loose and a main sail was up but the dinghy was not making any progress. The lifeboat came alongside for closer inspection and found one adult male and his 3 year old son face down in the bottom of the dinghy. They had left Leys Down, Kent at 0500 and were bound for Sheerness. The young boy was cold, dehydrated and exhausted. The vessel itself was in danger of being swamped. The occupant had no communications equipment but they were wearing buoyancy aids. A crewman was put aboard and a tow set up and Sheerness LB requested in order to priortise getting the boy to safety and comfort. The father and son were taken aboard the Lifeboat and the boy was put in a wind protector and shielded from the wind as much as possible. The tow was difficult because of the sea state and the type of vessel. London VTS was informed as there was some big traffic bearing down on the tow. Sheerness arrived in the vicinity of Medway approaches and took the tow up, with our crewman staying aboard to swap the lines. Relieved of the tow, the Atlantic sped the boy and his father back to Sheerness LB station for a warm up. A small diversion to pick up our crewman from the casualty vessel was made on leaving Sheerness station and then RTS for a refuel.

04/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 206843 Launch: 10:05 Return: 11:20 H/W: 18:17 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES Cause of Service: NES Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY

04/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 206866 Launch: 10:05 Return: 11:20 H/W: 18:17 Type of casualty: PRSN INJURED Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY

03/07/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 206657 Launch: 15:45 Return: 16:15 H/W: 17:38 Type of casualty: AIR BED INFLATABLE TOY DINGHY Cause of Service: POSTN UNSURE Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was Exercising in the vicinity of East Beach as Coastwatch alerted Thames CG of 5 people on an inflatable toy that was of some concern, because it was so far out. The Hovercraft was alongside as the call came in from Thames. 2 of the 'casualties' were taken aboard and transferred ashore, whilst the other 3 made their own way back. The Hovercraft crew stayed in the area while they were doing this and Southend mobile arrived on scene to pass some advice.

03/07/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 206656 Launch: 15:30 Return: 16:10 H/W: 17:35 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR TENDER Cause of Service: OUT OF FUEL Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst on Exercise in Smallgains Creek a member of the public waved down the Atlantic 75 crew to report a broken down tender, out of fuel with 1 person on board and unable to get ashore. The Lifeboat found the small inflatable (with no oars) at the entrance to the creek and took the person aboard and towed the dinghy back up to the slipway. The occupant was in fine health and landed, together with his dinghy. Southend Lifeboat then RTS.

25/06/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 205347 Launch: 21:10 Return: 23:30 H/W: 00:37 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY INFLATABLE DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: ESE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Am inflatable dinghy with 2 persons aboard caused a member of public some distress as visual contact was lost for some period of time. The assumption being that the occupants were in difficulty, the alarm was raised and the Hovercraft sent to investigate. Given an area West of the Pier, South of the casino nothing could be seen. However a wider search pattern yielded more success and the dinghy was found further west, north of Leigh creek. The two men were quite content to continue fishing but given the fading light they were advised it might be a good idea to head inshore. This advice was taken and they made their own way back under the watchful eye of the mobile CG unit. Hovercraft RTS.

22/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 204957 Launch: 19:50 Return: 20:10 H/W: 22:08 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Offshore D class was sent to investigate 3 persons thought to be in difficulty 1/2 mile off East beach. Thames CG were concerned as the tide was flooding. The D-class was quickly on scene and found that the paddlers were all good swimmers, well aware of the tide and happy to continue unassisted. They were not in any immediate danger and having passed advice ILB2 was RTS.

20/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 204685 Launch: 21:25 Return: 21:45 H/W: 19:44 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PERSON IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to assist Police with a search of the water line for a report of person intent on self harm. Tasked West of Pier up to the Casino. Made a few sweeps but nothing found. Stood down as Police downgraded the alert. ILB RTS.

20/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 000000 Launch: 16:00 Return: 16:35 H/W: 19:44 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK CHILDREN CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Whilst on Exercise the ILB crew were waved down by yacht "Kittiwake" that was in the Ray Gut. The occupants had become very concerned as to the whereabouts of 5 children seen swimming in the Ray. The tide was on the flood and the Lifeboat crew shared their concerns. A sweep was made of the area and the children were found at Bell Wharf, Old Leigh, all safe and well. Exercise continued.

19/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 000000 Launch: 10:45 Return: 13:25 H/W: 18:45 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT RANGER Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: NE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST
Whilst on navigation exercise in the vicinity of the new Super port works past Holehaven, the ILB crew came across a yacht which had run aground with 3 people on board. The yacht was stable but the anchor had to be set so that she would refloat safely on the flood tide. Job done Exercise continued.

17/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 204164 Launch: 18:30 Return: 19:00 H/W: 05:36 Type of casualty: BATHER SWIMMER Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: NNE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report came in of a young lad in dificulty East of the Pier with suspected cramp. From swimming in the sea he managed to climb aboard a moored fishing vessel just South of the Lifeboat station. ILB 1 launched and took him back to station where paramedics were present to check him over. He was quickly released and able to continue home unescorted. ILB1 RHRFRS.

16/06/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 204039 Launch: 16:22 Return: 16:55 H/W: 04:44 Type of casualty: CANOE KAYAK Cause of Service: CAPSIZE Wind: NE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY
ILB 1 launched to a kayak in difficulties off Essex Yacht Club, Old Leigh. The D-class received more information as passing Jocelyns beach that the kayak was in the immediate vicinity of a red and white yacht near EYC. The Lifeboat crew quickly spotted the casualty who was in the water, the kayak having capsized. He was having a spot of difficulty getting back aboard, although he was OK and wearing a lifejacket. The tide had just turned and he was getting tired, so he was taken aboard, together with his kayak and landed at Bell Wharf, Old Leigh. The mobile CG were on scene to assist and take details. ILB 1 relieved and RTS.

07/06/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 202929 Launch: 18:35 Return: 19:50 H/W: 21:13 Type of casualty: YACHT + AUX YACHT MOONRAKER Cause of Service: SAIL FAILURE Wind: SW Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Atlantic crew alerted to a yacht which had lost its rudder, position 1 mile S.E. of Barge Pier. There were a lot of squalls coming through and the Shoebury Boom was looming. Arrived on scene to find 2 persons on board all OK. Vessel put on tow and taken to secure mooring off Thorpe Bay YC. Occupants stayed with vessel and tendered themselves ashore. Atlantic RTS.

06/06/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 202763 Launch: 13:35 Return: 14:30 H/W: 20:10 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was diverted from Exercise to a report of a broken down RIB near the West Leigh Middle buoy. Arrived on scene to find 5 persons aboard. All OK but stranded on a boat with no power. Taken in tow back to Two Tree slip where the RIB was put on a trailer and all persons put ashore. Atlantic cleared to resume Exercise.

02/06/2010 Lifeboat No: SBC GIN: 202081 Launch: 19:19 Return: 19:26 H/W: 00:01 Type of casualty: PRS BRIDGE INJURED WOMAN ON SOUTHEND PIER Cause of Service: INJURY Wind: SW Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Wednesday night training crew were in the vicinity of the Pier when a call came in of a female casualty on the Pierhead. The crew were quickly on scene and discovered an 84 year old lady had fallen on the Pier and suffered a head injury. Basic first aid was given and an ambulance was called. She was then taken ashore in the Lifeboat buggy. They were met by the crew and she was taken to Southend General.

30/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 201576 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:00 H/W: 14:52 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITEBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Diverted from Exercise to kitesurfer in difficulty 200yds off West beach and West of Shoebury Boom. Arrived on scene to find exhausted male in need of a lift ashore. He had been fighting the prevailing weather for some time and was extremely tired. Taken aboard and landed on West beach where mobile CG unit was waiting to assist. SLB then RTS.

30/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 201576 Launch: 13:45 Return: 14:00 H/W: 14:52 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD Cause of Service: NES Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY

29/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 201403 Launch: 12:41 Return: 12:50 H/W: 14:14 Type of casualty: SAIL YACHT Cause of Service: LEAK SWAMPNG Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST

29/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 201391 Launch: 09:40 Return: 12:40 H/W: 14:14 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: S Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST

28/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 201323 Launch: 19:35 Return: 23:35 H/W: 01:56 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY

25/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 201059 Launch: 19:45 Return: 20:30 H/W: 23:34 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: OVERCAST

24/05/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 200908 Launch: 18:15 Return: 19:00 H/W: 22:34 Type of casualty: RUBBERDINGHY Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 6 STRONG BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: CLEAR SKY

24/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 200445 Launch: 14:30 Return: 16:30 H/W: 22:34 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

23/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 200732 Launch: 12:29 Return: 18:30 H/W: 21:21 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY

23/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 200731 Launch: 12:29 Return: 18:30 H/W: 21:21 Type of casualty: PR SHORELINE SICK PERSON Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The Hovercraft was RTS when diverted to a report originating from the Police of a person collapsed on the beach near Three Shells Cafe and in need of assistance. The Hovercraft was in the area very quickly but the crew could not find the casualty at all. There was no first informant to draw more information from and the Hovercraft was stood down.

23/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 200747 Launch: 12:29 Return: 18:30 H/W: 21:21 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PEOPLE CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: STRANDED Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft crew responded to a 999 call to Police via the Thames CG of 6 people cut off by the tide and stuck in the mud, East of the Pier. Hovercraft spotted them and picked them all up, one with multiple cuts on his feet. All taken back to Boathouse where the mobile CG and an ambulance were arranged to check them over.

23/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 200760 Launch: 12:29 Return: 18:30 H/W: 21:21 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON CUT OFF BY TIDE Cause of Service: CUT OFF Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: EXCELLENT Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to 1 person, reported cut off by the tide on Chapman Sands - West of Pier. Arrived on scene to witness one person making their own way ashore. Hovercraft stood by as person met by Canvey CG. No Lifeboat assistance required so RTS.

22/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 200443 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:15 H/W: 20:12 Type of casualty: SAIL DINGHY SAILING DINGHY Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Atlantic crew tasked to 2 people on board a small dinghy and thought to be in trouble in the mouth of the Ray. Arrived on scene to find two occupants quite happy and slowly making their way back to Two Tree slip. Or at least that was their intention when they had finished fishing. No help required when Lifeboat diverted to next incident.

22/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 200445 Launch: 16:15 Return: 17:15 H/W: 20:12 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE Cause of Service: BOMB OR MINE Wind: SE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Whilst afloat the CG asked the Lifeboat to respond to a report from an adult male and his son who were in a kayak, who thought they had sighting an unexploded bomb on the foreshore. The coastguard wanted a position and the Lifeboat was given 51'31.3N 0'40.115E as a starting point with a landmark of a discarded tyre in the close vicinity. The Lifeboat arrived in the area and quickly confirmed that the rising tide had scuppered any chance of identifying the object, so A 75 RTS.

22/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: Launch: 13:30 Return: 14:00 H/W: 20:12 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK SICK CHILD ON MUDFLATS Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: CLOUDY
Hovercraft launched to 11 year old, suffering from being caught very cold on a charity mud walk which included hundreds trekking the foreshore to the Mulberry harbour and back. He was quickly found and clearly very cold. Taken ashore and passed to medics team where he was transferred to Southend General hospital.

22/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 200340 Launch: 10:15 Return: 11:50 H/W: 20:12 Type of casualty: CANOE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SE Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY

18/05/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 199952 Launch: 18:05 Return: 19:05 H/W: 04:48 Type of casualty: SMAL OPN PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 launched to broken down speedboat with 2 persons onboard. LKP, West of Two Tree slipway. Casualty vessel quickly spotted in perfect searching conditions. Found 2 adult males - both well, but had been adrift for 2 hours hoping to have attracted attention earlier. Tow set up and 2 taken aboard for drag back to Two Tree slip. Assisted them ashore then RTS promptly to ensure enough water for recovery on Lifeboat trailer inshore.

18/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 199898 Launch: 09:30 Return: 10:55 H/W: 16:16 Type of casualty: TUG/BARGE INJURED MAN ON BOARD DREDGER MARI KIKI Cause of Service: ILL CREWMAN Wind: E Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: CLEAR SKY
The duty crew were called to the Pierhead to RVP with a man being transferred to the Pier with a crush injury on a Dredger. The Atlantic was lowered into the water and work boat 'Mari Kiki' came alongside and the transfer across was made. The Atlantic was then recovered together with the casualty aboard once he was put in a stretcher. He was suffering with a crush injury. Oxygen was given to him and he was stretchered into the Buggy which was ready to transfer him to the air ambulance, which had landed on the base of the Pier to take him away.

15/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 199576 Launch: 15:23 Return: 16:40 H/W: 02:29 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT SILVERHILL Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: VAR Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CALM Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched to angling boat "Silverhill". A 30 ft angling boat with 5 on board and engine failure. The casualty vessel was found 1/2 mile East of the Shoebury boom and about 3/4 mile out. All 5 on board were OK but a tow back to a mooring off West beach was required. Once the boat was secure all 5 were landed on beach and passed to the mobile CG for debrief. A 75 RTS.

14/05/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 199464 Launch: 15:11 Return: 15:50 H/W: 01:47 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKI Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: S Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
Inshore D-class launched to broken down jetski in vicinity of West beach, Shoebury and possibly drifting towards the Shoebury boom. The ILB arrived on scene about 3/4 East of Barge Pier and found jet ski occupant onboard but drifting. Casualty was OK but needed a tow back to land. He was taken onboard and a tow rigged up back to Shoebury slip where the CG was waiting to assist ashore. No medical situation to report so as soon as the drop was made, ILB RTS.

03/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 198465 Launch: 12:55 Return: 13:21 H/W: 15:22 Type of casualty: KITEBOARD KITE Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: NNW Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY Launched to a sighting of a Kite spotted floating in the water just South of the Pierhead. Atlantic launched to see if anyone was with it. CG confirmed that the kite owner was safely ashore. Kite recovered for him to pick up and Atlantic RTS. False Alarm.

02/05/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 198357 Launch: 15:59 Return: 16:30 H/W: 15:47 Type of casualty: SAILBOARD SAILBOARD Cause of Service: ADVRS CONDTS Wind: NE Force: 7 NEAR GALE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: OVERCAST
Whilst the Atlantic 75 crew were on Exercise in the vicinity of the Essex YC, a report came in from one of the club members of a windsurfer seen to be in difficulty. He was seen to be struggling against the offshore breeze so the Lifeboat crew went in for a closer look. At the scene they found the windsurfer 300 yards offshore in the water and unable to cope with the prevailing weather conditions. He was taken aboard, together with his rig and landed ashore 100 yards West of the Crowstone at Chalkwell beach. He was fine medically and no further intervention was required. Atlantic 75 then RTS.

02/05/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 198299 Launch: 11:00 Return: 12:00 H/W: 15:57 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT Cause of Service: FIRE Wind: NE Force: 4 MODERATE BRE Visibility: POOR Sea: CHOPPY Weather: PART CLOUDY
Hovercraft diverted from Exercise to report of a boat on fire at Smallgains creek. Arrived to find the Fire Brigade on scene alongside Mobile CG Canvey unit. H-004 sttod by awaiting confirmation that no persons were involved. Confirmation came in that this was the case so Hovercraft stood down and RTS.

30/04/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 198007 Launch: 11:40 Return: 12:45 H/W: 11:40 Type of casualty: SAIL YACHT YACHT FONTELLA Cause of Service: OVERDUE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Offshore D-class was launched in tandem with the Atlantic to search for the missing sailing vessel "Ferntella". The D-class was sent from the Pier up river to Benfleet creek via the Two Tree slipway. Nothing found and stood down by the CG as this area was now eliminated from the search.

30/04/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 198007 Launch: 11:35 Return: 12:45 H/W: 14:34 Type of casualty: SAIL YACHT YACHT FONTELLA Cause of Service: OVERDUE Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was tasked to assist in a search for an overdue sailing vessel, 26ft Fertella. The helicopter was already up and other stations further around the coast had also been out. Our task was to eliminate the area from the mad-made island up to the Pier. A creeping line ahead search was made along the channel but nothing was found. On completion of one sweep the CG stood us down. So SLB RTS.

24/04/2010 Lifeboat No: H-004 GIN: 197418 Launch: 15:39 Return: 18:10 H/W: 21:56 Type of casualty: LRGE OPN PWR CATAMARAN PRESSGANG Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: W Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SMOOTH Weather: CLEAR SKY
Hovercraft launched to grounded vessel 1/4 mile S.E. of the Shoebury boom. On scene found 4 people on board a 40ft catamaran "Pressgang." Everyone on board was well but the boat was high and dry as they had tried to cut across the South bank of the man-made island at the wrong state of tide. A Crewman was put aboard and the sails were taken down and anchor deployed. Nothing to do except wait for an hour or so for the flood tide to allow them to float off. RTS as they were able to make their own way home on a rising tide.

17/04/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 196593 Launch: 00:10 Return: 01:10 H/W: 02:45 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES FLASHING LIGHT Cause of Service: NES Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
Offshore D class launched to a report from Canvey CG of a flashing white light in the area of the Two Tree Slip. The mobile unit had the light visual and remained on scene until the D class appeared. On approach towards the Two Tree slip the strobing white light was clearly apparent. It was coming from the cabin of a 20ft motor cruiser. The ILB came along side and put a crewman aboard. It was quickly found that the light was not from a lifejacket but was a console light from the instrument panel of the cabin. No signs of distress on the locked up boat and the Atlantic crew, who were at readiness, stood down. Canvey 40 confirmed this is what they had seen and given the cabin was locked there was little the ILB crew could do about it. Thames CG were fully informed that nothing untoward could be seen. The name of the boat was passed ('DAVIDBROOKE') and the Lifeboat was then RTS- false alarm.

17/04/2010 Lifeboat No: D-682 GIN: 196593 Launch: 00:10 Return: 01:10 H/W: 02:45 Type of casualty: OBJECT NES Cause of Service: NES Wind: NE Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY

11/04/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 195989 Launch: 13:50 Return: 15:40 H/W: 23:57 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: ENE Force: 5 FRESH BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: ROUGH Weather: PART CLOUDY

30/03/2010 Lifeboat No: SBC GIN: 194670 H/W: 01:51 Type of casualty: VESSEL NES MAN OVERBOARD FROM UNSPECIFIED VESSEL Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD

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28/03/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 194473 Launch: 10:16 Return: 11:45 H/W: 12:07 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT DANNY BOY Cause of Service: ABANDONED Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
The crew were at the Inshore boathouse discussing an Exercise over the telephone with Thames CG when a report came in of a boat adrift at the Shoebury boom. ILB 1 went and found 21ft motor boat "Danny Boy" banging up against the boom structure. The CG were not able to get hold of the owner as it seemed apparent that she had lost her mooring. The crew confirmed the cabin was locked and that no one appeared to have been on board. ILB 1 got a line on her and towed her to a temporary mooring 100 yards off West beach. Sponson on D boat took minor damage after coming in contact with something sharp. Repairs made back at station and reported up the line.

27/03/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 194370 Launch: 12:00 Return: 15:46 H/W: 22:31 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT JASMINE Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Atlantic 75 launched to broken down angling boat 'Jasmine' at anchor South East of Mulberry Harbour. On scene found 23ft boat with 3 on board with engine failure. All persons OK but in need of a tow up to Two Tree where 'Jasmine' was secured on a mooring. The Lifeboat crew watched the occupants tranfer to a skiff and get safe and well to dry land. As this job was wrapping up a call came in from the CG...

27/03/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 194396 Launch: 12:00 Return: 15:46 H/W: 22:31 Type of casualty: ROWING BOAT ROWING BOAT Cause of Service: STRANDING Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: OVERCAST
Diverted from last Shout whilst at Two Tree Island and tasked to a search for 2 people missing in a canoe reported to be somewhere in between Canvey Point and the Deposit buoy. The conditions were good and it didn't take long to find the boat at anchor with the two rowers fishing. They were OK but awaiting the flood tide to give enough clearance for them to get across the Ray bank. They were given the opportunity to have assistance back which they took because the tide was well away. So they were taken aboard the Lifeboat and the canoe put in tow back to - guess where?- yes- Two Tree slip! All landed complete with vessel to the awaiting mobile CG unit. SLB then RTS.

14/03/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 193314 Launch: 11:55 Return: 13:10 H/W: 00:01 Type of casualty: JET SKI JET SKIS Cause of Service: MAN OVERBORD Wind: SW Force: 3 GENTLE BREEZ Visibility: VERY GOOD Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
ILB 1 was launched to 2 people in the water off Barge Pier having both fallen off their Jet Skis. One of the riders had managed to climb onto Barge Pier whilst the other one was hanging on to the Pier unable to climb up. The D-class was able to get in close and pick the man out of the water and land him ashore. The chap on the Pier was able to get himself back to the mainland. Meanwhile both the Jet skis had drifted around the corner to East beach. The ILB managed to find and recover them both to the CG slipway, albeit one of the machines being half sunk! Job done RTS.

28/02/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 192101 Launch: 09:05 Return: 10:15 H/W: 12:16 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT TEL'S GIRL Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 8 GALE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: DRIZZLE
The Atlantic crew were alerted to a report of 2 persons on board a 17' Dory 'Tel's Girl', one mile South of Scars Elbow with engine failure. The weather conditions were not very nice and the crew wasted no time getting on scene. They arrived to find 2 on board, OK but cold. A tow was set up in difficult weather with high winds and a rolling sea, and the vessel was towed into its mooring in the shelter of Holehaven. As the casualties were cold an ambulance crew had been alerted and were ready to receive the casualties at Holehaven slip. Before they knew about this shout the crew had planned to take the boat out for a Sunday morning exercise. Enough for one day all agreed. Lifeboat returned to station, refuelled, rehoused and ready for service. Exercise cancelled!

 

28/02/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 192101 Launch: 09:05 Return: 10:15 H/W: 12:16 Type of casualty: LRGE CAB PWR POWERED BOAT TEL'S GIRL Cause of Service: MACHNRY FAIL Wind: NE Force: 8 GALE Visibility: POOR Sea: ROUGH Weather: DRIZZLE
The Atlantic crew were alerted to a report of 2 persons on board a 17' Dory 'Tel's Girl', one mile South of Scars Elbow with engine failure. The weather conditions were not very nice and the crew wasted no time getting on scene. They arrived to find 2 on board, OK but cold. A tow was set up in difficult weather with high winds and a rolling sea, and the vessel was towed into its mooring in the shelter of Holehaven. As the casualties were cold an ambulance crew had been alerted and were ready to receive the casualties at Holehaven slip. Before they knew about this shout the crew had planned to take the boat out for a Sunday morning exercise. Enough for one day all agreed. Lifeboat returned to station, refuelled, rehoused and ready for service. Exercise cancelled!

21/02/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 191606 Launch: 18:40 Return: 20:10 H/W: 04:57 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SMOOTH Weather: PART CLOUDY
The Atlantic 75 was launched together with the Inshore D -boat to a report of a red flare seen off Thorpe Bay Yacht Club. The ILB got away first but there was not a lot of water about so the Atlantic 75 went as well. The Atlantic made a creeping line ahead search from the sewer outfall pipe to the Halfway House. The Atlantic followed the edge of the channel to the East to as far down as the Shoebury beacon but nothing to report. Stood down on confirmation with CG. False Alarm with Good intent.

21/02/2010 Lifeboat No: D-633 GIN: 191606 Launch: 18:20 Return: 19:45 H/W: 04:57 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: W Force: 2 LIGHT BREEZE Visibility: FAIR Sea: SLIGHT Weather: PART CLOUDY
A report of a red flare had come in from vessel at anchorage 'Delta' and also a person standing on the shore at Thorpe Bay. ILB 1 was launched immediately and conducted a search along the shoreline. There was not an awful lot of water about and a quick run to Thorpe Bay and via the Mulberry harbour to the West Shoebury produced nothing to report. A run was then made through the moorings to Barge Pier where a white flare was sent up to illuminate the area. Nothing found. The Atlantic was in the area to the South but ILB was stood down to RTS. False alarm good intent.

18/02/2010 Lifeboat No: B-776 GIN: 191357 Launch: 16:45 Return: 17:45 H/W: 02:07 Type of casualty: PRSN MISSING MISSING PERSON Cause of Service: MISSING Wind: S Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: OVERCAST
The Atlantic 75 crew was tasked to a report of a missing person in the vicinity of Canvey CG Look- out. Gravesend Lifeboat were also in attendance. Southend were asked to search in the area West of Thorney Bay. Nothing found and units eventually stood down as false alarm with good intent. SLB RTS.

23/01/2010 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 189225 Launch: 09:08 Return: 10:30 H/W: 17:30 Type of casualty: PRS SANDBANK PERSON AT RISK Cause of Service: ILLNESS Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: FAIR Sea: CALM Weather: MIST
Hovercraft tasked to a report of a person on the mud possibly with the intent of self harm. Launched to the East of the Pier and followed foreshore up to Cockle sheds in Old Leigh. As this sweep was being made the launch crew made their way up the Pier to ready the Offshore D-class. No person found and fresh information arrived at the CG suggesting this maybe an identical call to a hoax made at Clacton Pier earlier in the week. D-class stood down and Hovercraft swept the area again on the way back to station was then stood down en route back. Nothing found untoward. Suspicious alert.

21/01/2010 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 189007 Launch: 12:05 Return: 12:30 H/W: 16:04 Type of casualty: DISTRESS SIG FLARE Cause of Service: MAY BE TRBLE Wind: SW Force: 1 LIGHT AIRS Visibility: POOR Sea: CALM Weather: MIST
Whilst on Exercise near Two Tree slip, Hovercraft diverted to a possible sighting of a Red flare. First informant was fishing vessel "White Mischief". The position of the search was given in the Fairway near the Montgomery wreck. Hovercraft tasked to make a sweep between Sea Reach No.4 and 2. As approaching No.4 confirmation came in from Thames CG that explosives work had been taking place near the Man Made Island and that all units to Stand Down. Hovercraft continued Exercise then RTS.

10/01/2010 Lifeboat No: H-007 GIN: 188266 Launch: 16:35 Return: 17:20 H/W: 20:45 Type of casualty: PRS IN WATER PEOPLE IN THE SEA Cause of Service: DROWNING Wind: Force: 0 CALM Visibility: NIL Sea: CALM Weather: SLEET  Follow this link for ITN news coverage
Hovercraft launched to reports of 2 people in the water off the beach near Ocean Beach cafe. On scene found one sea-scout (in dry suit) and one police officer in the water trying to assist a female teenager who was in the water up to her chest with her feet stuck in the mud. The Hovercraft spotted the sea-scout first who was wearing a strobing white light. He had a visual on the casualty and en route the policeman was picked out of the water as well. The Hovercraft now alongside the girl, Hovercraft Commander . got into the water to discover that her feet were stuck fast. So Hovercraft Commander managed to get enough purchase with his hands in the mud to free the girl who was frozen stiff, into the Hovercraft for immediate transfer to the Ambulance that was waiting on the shore. The girl and the police officer where checked for hypothermia, the sea- scout, who was wearing more appropriate clothing seemed to be OK. H-007 then RTS.

GRAND TOTALS: No of Launches: 39 Lives Saved: 1