Published on February 26th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI

Lifeboat February 2018 News

West Mersea Lifeboat news.
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer. February 2018

2nd February 2018

We don’t normally expect to be rescuing dinghy sailors in February, but we were called for immediate launch at 1.45pm on Friday 2nd February to three people who had capsized their Wayfarer dinghy near Osea Island.

With their mast firmly stuck in the mud and their centerboard broken, the three sailors abandoned their boat. After about 45 minutes in the water they got themselves to the shore of Osea Island from where they called for help.

We were soon on scene.

The road to Osea was underwater. Emergency vehicles were unable to get onto Osea Island so the West Mersea Lifeboat, Just George, took two of the casualties off the island to Marconi Sailing Club on the southern shore of the Blackwater. They were then 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 around by road as back up.

We then carried paramedics across the water in the lifeboat from Marconi to Osea to assess and 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 of casualty care, and a failed attempt to move the semi-submerged Wayfarer we returned to the station at dusk.

7th February 2018

We were called to a report of a motorbike rider with a broken leg and fractured hip on the seawall between Bradwell power station and St Peter’s chapel. Launching in the darkness just after 6pm on Wednesday 7th February, we were soon on scene. Two crewmembers went ashore and assisted the casualty onto a stretcher, over the seawall and into the waiting Cambridgeshire Air Ambulance that had landed on the beach. The casualty was taken by helicopter to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge. We returned to the station.

Lions Donation

The brilliant Mersea Island Lions Club presented us with a cheque for £500 at their annual presentation evening held at Waldegraves Holiday Park last month. Our Lifeboat Operations Manager, Martin Wade, accepted the cheque on behalf of everyone at the West Mersea Lifeboat Station.

We are hugely grateful for all the support we receive from our local community. The RNLI is a charity, separate from the Coastguard and independent of the Government. Every penny donated helps us keep the lifeboat running so we can be there – providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around our coast.

Thanks so much to the Mersea Island Lions for helping us to be able to do what we do.

Guild AGM

The Mersea and District Lifeboat Guild are a great group of dedicated people who work very hard to help enable us to keep the lifeboat running. The Guild AGM is on Thursday 12th April 2018 at 7.30pm in the West Mersea Yacht Club. Do come. There will be film clips showing and news of lifeboat doings. The Guild would be delighted to welcome anyone new along.


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

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