Published on June 30th, 2018 | by West Mersea RNLI
Lifeboat June 2018 News
West Mersea Lifeboat news.
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer. June 2018
The Latest Shout
We are half way through June as I write this, and our pagers have been quiet for a few weeks. Our last shout was on Sunday 20th May. Shouts always seem to come just as it is time to sit down for supper – and this one was no exception. So up all the volunteers jumped and we launched the West Mersea Lifeboat, Just George, in the early evening to help 5 people onboard a 15ft speedboat with engine failure.
The casualties, helplessly drifting with the wind and tide, had used a mobile phone -dialing 999 – to raise the alarm. We quickly found them in the middle of the river, somewhere between the Molliette and the Power Station.
Cold and wet, we took them aboard the lifeboat and towed their stricken speedboat into Bradwell where we handed them over to the South Woodham Coastguard Rescue team for some sea safety advice.
Float to Live
Around 175 people lose their lives at the British and Irish coasts each year, with over half of these people never having planned to enter the water in the first place.
Last month the RNLI relaunched their ‘Respect the Water’ and ‘Float to Live’ campaigns with some simple vital advice:
‘Everyone who falls into cold water unexpectedly wants to follow the same instinct: to swim hard and fight the water. But when you fight it, the chances are, you’ll lose. Instead you need to stay calm and Float to Live.’
‘Cold Water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably.
Fight your instinct to swim hard.
Float until you can control your breathing.
Float to Live.’
The Great Bromley Cross
We were also grateful to recently receive a generous cheque from the brilliant people of the Great Bromley Cross pub. This pub is extra special because it is owned and run by the local Great Bromley community. They held a raffle, not only raising a terrific £250 for the RNLI, but the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance also received a big donation.
Summer Open Day – Sunday July 29th
We are having an Open Day on Sunday July 29th from 11am – 4pm at the lifeboat station. Do come. There will be games for children, and the Guild will be selling tea, coffee and cakes. At regular intervals the pagers will sound, the crew will arrive and the lifeboat will launch, each time tying up alongside the hammerhead jetty for a while so children and families can have a close-up look.
Shop and Station Open
As well as the big summer Open Day on July 29th, our little station shop opens every summer Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11.30am and 4pm. Do pop in, come and see the lifeboat and visit the shop. You might even catch a passing crewmember.
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)