Published on June 19th, 2017 | by West Mersea RNLI
Lifeboat News July 2017
West Mersea Lifeboat news.
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer. July 2017
The RNLI gives back to the Community.
Wanting to say thank you to the community for the ongoing support the West Mersea Lifeboat receives, the lifeboat crew offered to wash cars last Sunday at the Old Forge Garage, for free.
The crew tackled a steady queue of dirty cars, washing big cars, little cars and even the Mersea Island Lions Club community bus.
A big hooray goes to our kindhearted local garage, the Miller Motor Group (Esso) Old Forge Filling Station for letting the RNLI clog up their forecourt, use their car washing facilities and for allowing this event to happen.
We’ve had a spate of shouts since last month’s report and we’ve also launched on numerous training exercises. Anthea brought the RNLI shop to the Mersea Island Food, Drink and Leisure Festival. We also took part in the RNLI Mayday welly relay, meeting the team from our flank station Burnham-on-Crouch, at the Radio Caroline Ship, Ross Revenge, mid-Blackwater for a yellow welly handover.
27 May 2017
We launched to a person in the water off Osea Island. Upon arrival another vessel had assisted the casualty back into their dinghy. We stood by, accompanying the dinghy ashore to make sure they were safe and well.
27 May 2017
A catamaran was reported drifting near Bradwell with no-one on board. We found the vessel near the sunken barges and towed it back to Mersea, later discovering it had broken free from a mooring in Bradwell Creek.
28 May 2017
We were tasked to bring paramedics onto Mersea Island as the tide was covering the Strood. On arrival at the rendezvous location for the ambulance we stood down because the ambulance had managed to cross the Strood after all.
29 May 2017
We were called to a yacht with an overheated engine in St. Lawrence Bay.
This was quite a dramatic shout because were called at 3am in the middle of a thunderstorm. It is normal for the crew to grab some clothes as they leap out of bed and rush to the station but this time our helmsman rushed straight to the station in his pyjamas. What is more, they were superman pyjamas! The shout was for a motorboat that had dragged its anchor in the raging storm and was adrift in St Lawrence Bay with an overheated engine. We towed the casualty vessel to a mooring off Stone and managed to repair his engine with a barbeque skewer (clearing the water intake from weed) so he could return to Brightlingsea. We then returned to the station with the dawn chorus.
29 May 2017
We were tasked to a broken down speedboat with 4 people on board that had blown onto a lee shore near Tollesbury Pier. All four casualties were very cold so we brought them straight back to the station to warm up. We then relaunched to recover the speedboat.
03 June 2017
We launched to a broken down jet ski with 2 people on board near Brightlingsea Marina. After arriving on scene we towed the vessel to safety at Point Clear.
11 June 2017
We launched to reports of people in the water and two upturned jet skis off Waldegraves Caravan Park. On arrival at the scene, the casualties had drifted to the shore where they were met by the coastguard. After checking all was well, we returned to the station.
It is worth noting that all the crew at West Mersea Lifeboat Station are volunteers with normal day jobs. We carry pagers that bleep incessantly when the lifeboat is called to launch. When the pagers sound we drop everything (often leaving our kind employers in the lurch), run to the station and leap into action.
You can keep up to date with shouts and the goings on down at the station by following the lifeboat Facebook page or taking a look at our website. www.facebook.com/WestMerseaLifeboatStation