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Published on February 2nd, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

West Mersea RNLI capsized Wayfarer

West Mersea RNLI capsized Wayfarer

Friday 2nd February 2018

We don’t normally expect dinghy sailors in February but we were called for immediate launch at 1.45pm today to three people who had capsized their Wayfarer dinghy near Osea Island.

The three sailors had abandoned their boat (with mast firmly stuck in the mud and centreboard broken). After about 45 minutes in the water they got themselves to the shore of Osea Island from where they called for help.

The road to Osea was underwater. With emergency vehicles unable to get onto Osea, the West Mersea Lifeboat, Just George, took two of the casualties off the island to Marconi Sailing Club where they were met and looked after by the East of England Ambulance Service and South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team. The West Mersea Coastguard Rescue Team had also made the long trip round by road as back up.

We then carried paramedics across the water from Marconi to Osea to look after the one remaining casualty. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was tasked (from Lydd in Kent) to airlift this third casualty directly to Colchester Hospital.

After much to-ing and fro-ing between Osea and Marconi, ministering casualty care, and a failed attempt to move the semi-submerged Wayfarer we returned to the station at dusk.

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Photograph by West Mersea RNLI.

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