Launches

The West Mersea Lifeboat regularly launches on service to emergencies. From broken down motorboats and capsized dinghies to medical emergencies and sinking craft. We are one of the busiest single boat stations on the East Coast and have attended more than 1,670 calls for help over our 51 year history. Our full record of service for each year and press highlighted shouts are detailed below.

 


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  1. 23 Feb Drifting yacht reported in during a gale – Blackwater Yacht found aground. No POB
  2. 28 Feb Car stuck on Strood at high tide – Mersea 2 persons taken to safety
  3. 10 Apr Motor boat broken down and lost – Blackwater Casualty found & towed to Mersea
  4. 25 Apr Motor boat taking on water rapidly – Buxey Sand Casualty pumped & taken to Burnham
  5. 28 Apr 2 persons in water from capsized tender – Stone Others recovered them as ILB arrived
  6. 29 Apr Motor boat with props. fouled on a mooring – Mersea Casualty cut free at slack water
  7. 29 Apr Dinghy out of fuel. 1 person in water – Mersea 2 casualties & dinghy recovered
  8. 30 Apr Called to assist a traffic crash at high tide – Strood Stood down as no vehicles in water
  9. 01 May Windsurfer exhausted and drifting – Blackwater Casualty taken to shore
  10. 13 May Power boat broken down – Strood channel Casualty made own way ashore
  11. 17 May Motor launch out of fuel – Ray Sand channel Casualty towed to Mersea
  12. 27 May Person in water from capsised dinghy – Osea Others assisted casualty
  13. 27 May Yacht adrift from Bradwell – Sales Point Vessel towed to Mersea
  14. 28 May Tasked to bring Paramedics to Mersea – Ray Ch. Stood down as ambulance crossed
  15. 29 May Yacht with overheated engine – St. Lawrence Bay Casualty towed to a mooring
  16. 29 May Speedboat out of fuel – Blackwater 4 cold casualties brought to Mersea
  17. 03 Jun Jetski broken down – Brightlingsea Casualty towed to Point Clear
  18. 11 June People in water from capsized jetskis – Waldegraves 3 Casualties washed ashore
  19. 16 Jun A 15m boat reported drifting – Wivenhoe River searched but nothing found
  20. 18 Jun Vessel above found – between Rowhedge & Colch. No POB. Vessel secured
  21. 25 Jun Person threatening to jump – Maldon Hythe bridge Police detained person
  22. 27 Jun Paramedic brought to Mersea – Tide over Strood Paramedic taken to casualty
  23. 27 Jun Man on yacht with sunken dinghy – Stone 1 person landed ashore
  24. 08 Jul Mayday from QUEST 4 received – no position Craft located Bradwell Marina
  25. 22 Jul 1 person adrift in dinghy – Bradwell Creek Casualty & dinghy rescued

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  1.  10 Feb     Car stuck on Strood when tide over road.    Lifeboat stood down as no danger.
  2.  19 Mar    Small yacht aground – Bradwell.     Re-floated and towed to Mersea.
  3.  25 Mar    Speedboat broken down with 6 POB – Jaywick.    Casualties & vessel taken to Osyth.
  4.  02 Apr    Assist Navy Bomb Disposal – St Peter’s Flats.   Depth Charge detonated.
  5.  06 Apr    Yacht OCEAN DREAMER prop fouled – Bradwell.   Vessel moored & crew taken ashore.
  6.  10 Apr    Semi-sunken yacht to be investigated – Osea.   Nothing found.
  7.  21 Apr    Fishing vessel with engine failure – Lawling Ck.  Casualty towed to Blackwater Marina.
  8.  22 Apr    Jet ski with engine failure – Steeple.   Casualties landed at Steeple Bay.
  9.  06 May   16ft powerboat with engine failure – Raysand Ch.  Towed to Burnham by Burnham ILB.
  10.  15 May   17ft powerboat with engine failure – Mill Beach.   Casualty towed to Mersea.
  11.  27 May   Red flare sighted – River Colne.    Searched but nothing found.
  12.  30 May   Jet ski with engine failure – Blackwater.   Casualty assisted by another vessel.
  13.  30 May   Kayak capsized with boy in water – Mill Beach.   Lifeboat assisted in recovery.
  14.  04 Jun    Outboard dinghy reported in difficulties – Thirslet.   Searched but nothing found.
  15.  05 Jun    Medical casualty to be transferred to mainland.   Lifeboat stood by but not required.
  16. 05 Jun    Medical casualty – Mersea, tide over Strood.    Transferred Paramedic to Mersea.
  17. 07 Jun    Man in dinghy stuck on mud – Cocum Hills.    Casualty recovered back to Mersea.
  18. 21 Jun    Upturned vessel reported – off Waldegraves.   No POB. Vessel towed to Mersea.
  19. 28 Jun    Report of something falling off fishing boat.   Vessel found laying oysters.
  20. 02 Jul     Yacht aground with damaged prop – Bradwell Ck.   Casualty towed into marina.
  21. 10 Jul     Person in the water – Stone.   Casualty rescued by others.
  22. 17 Jul     Jet Ski broken down & crew in mud – Lawling Ck.  Casualty towed to Mersea.
  23. 17 Jul     Report of paraglider crashing – South Mersea.  False alarm.
  24. 20 Jul     Windsurfer missing – Stansgate.  Self-recovered before ILB arrived.
  25. 22 Jul     Windsurfer reported drifting – Blackwater.   MFV wreckage recovered.
  26. 22 Jul     Dog stuck in mud – North Osea.    Recovered before ILB arrived.
  27. 25 Jul     Skipper of yacht had a stroke – off Bradwell.   Casualty treated. Handed to ambulance.
  28. 07 Aug   Yacht & powerboat aground – River Colne.    Powerboat towed to Alresford Ck.
  29. 07 Aug   Windsurfer with broken mast – River Colne.    Casualty taken to St Osyths.
  30. 07 Aug    Jet ski broken down – River Colne.    Casualty towed to Brightlingsea.
  31. 07 Aug    Report of 2 sailing dinghies in difficulties – Nass.   False alarm with good intent.
  32. 14 Aug    Packing Shed launch aground – Cobmarsh.    7 persons taken ashore.
  33. 14 Aug    Jet ski missing – Blackwater.   Casualty found Stansgate taken ashore.
  34. 17 Aug    Capsized catamaran – Mill Creek.   Casualty self-recovered.
  35. 18 Aug    Powerboat with engine failure – East Mersea.   Casualty towed to Brightlingsea.
  36. 18 Aug    Tasked to Yacht aground – West Mersea.    No help needed, others assisted.
  37. 18 Aug    Powerboat with fouled propeller – Sales Point.    Casualty towed to Bradwell marina.
  38. 20 Aug    Search for missing windsurfer – Blackwater.   Casualty recovered deceased.
  39. 21 Aug    Car broken down in water – Strood.   Stood by until tide receded.
  40. 21 Aug    Yacht BRIGHTSIDE  aground – Tollesbury.   Vessel towed off mud.
  41. 23 Aug    Swimmer in difficulties – Mersea beach.   Casualty ok. Launch cancelled.
  42. 26 Aug    Person missing from yacht at night – Mersea.  Casualty located and returned.
  43. 27 Aug    Yacht with broken mast – Blackwater.   No assistance required.
  44. 27 Aug    Yacht BELINDA with rope round prop – Nass.  Casualty towed to mooring.
  45. 31 Aug    Angling boat with engine failure – Osea.   Casualty towed to Steeple bay.
  46. 03 Sept   Yacht HORNBLOWER aground – Lawling Ck.  Landed crew ashore.
  47. 04 Sept   Yacht HORNBLOWER aground  – Lawling Ck.  Assisted casualty to mooring.
  48. 04 Sept   Windsurfer in difficulties – Bradwell.   Casualty and board brought ashore.
  49. 05 Sept   Small dinghy reported drifting – Blackwater.   No occupants.  Craft brought ashore.
  50. 15 Sept   Jet ski broken down – Mill Beach.   Casualties and Jet ski recovered.
  51. 24 Sept   Small motorboat with steering failure – Ray Ch.   Casualty towed to Mersea Causeway.
  52. 24 Sept   Catamaran with fouled prop – Tollesbury.   Unable to clear prop. Left in location.
  53. 25 Sept   Motorboat with steering failure – Blackwater.   Casualty towed to Bradwell marina.
  54. 02 Oct     Transfer paramedic to Mersea – tide over Strood.   Paramedic taken to casualty.
  55. 02 Oct     DSC alert received from yacht – Bench Head.   Casualty towed to Bradwell marina.
  56. 04 Oct     Investigate yacht adrift – Blackwater.   Vessel towed to mooring at Stone.
  57. 07 Oct     Transfer medical casualty ashore – Brightlingsea.   Casualty taken to ambulance.
  58. 12 Oct     Motorboat with engine failure – East Mersea.   Casualty towed to Brightlingsea.
  59. 13 Oct     Report of drifting yacht – Blackwater.   Yacht found not to be in trouble.
  60. 16 Oct     Person fallen in water from yacht – Strood Channel.   Casualty recovered to boathouse.
  61. 16 Oct     Yacht with engine failure – Waldegraves.   Casualty towed to Tollesbury.
  62. 19 Oct     Person in water calling for help – Waldegraves.   Lifeboat stood down after launch.

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  • Total launches for 2015: 44
  • 02 Jan – Wild fowler stranded – Ray Island – Lifeboat stood down
  • 03 Jan – Motorboat ‘AMILIA ROSE’ aground – Buxey Sands – Vessel re-floated and towed to Bradwell Marina by lifeboat
  •  06 Jan – 14ft Dinghy with 2 POB in difficulty – St Lawrence Bay – Lifeboat recovered casualties from sea, met by Sea King 125
  • 13 Feb – Sailor with hypothermia – Osea Island – Casualty recovered by lifeboat from water and airlifted by Sea King 125, dinghy recovered *Life saved*
  • 20 Feb – Medical Evacuation of casualty with head injury at high tide – Mersea Island – Lifeboat stood down
  • 21 Feb – Medical Evacuation of casualty with a broken arm at high tide – Mersea Island – Lifeboat transported casualty to mainland to meet an ambulance
  • 26 Mar – Medical Evacuation of casualty suffering from Epilepsy at high tide – Osea Island – Lifeboat transported casualty to Heybridge Basin to meet with an ambulance
  • 29 Mar – Yacht with engine failure due to fire – Lawling Creek – Casualty towed to Blackwater Marina
  • 01 Apr – Jet Ski with engine failure – Coopers Beach Holiday Park – No help required
  • 17 Apr – Yacht aground on mud due to dragged anchor – Stone – Lifeboat towed the vessel to Mersea
  • 18 Apr – Yacht aground – Thirslet Spit – Vessel left to refloat with the tide
  • 18 Apr – Man stuck in the mud – Cudmore Grove, E. Mersea – No assistance required
  • 28 May – Driver stranded on the roof of van in rising tide – Osea – casualty recovered and transported to Mill Beach
  • 02 Jun – Dinghy adrift – Thirslet – Dinghy recovered by lifeboat
  • 04 Jun – Casualty reported ‘unwell’ on Motor Cruiser – Mersea Quarters – Casualty moved to a more sheltered mooring
  • 14 Jun – Motorboat aground which lost power – St Peters Flats – Lifeboat refloated the vessel and towed it to Mersea
  • 16 Jun – Motorboat with engine failure – Clacton – Lifeboat towed the vessel to Bradwell Marina
  • 20 Jun – Angling boat with engine failure – Barrow No.4 buoy – Lifeboat towed vessel to Bradwell Marina
  • 02 Jul – Yacht dragging it’s anchor at night – Osea Island – Lifeboat towed the vessel to a mooring off Marconi SC
  • 04 Jul – Vessel with engine failure – Lifeboat took over tow to Tollesbury from Burnham-on-Crouch Lifeboat
  • 11 Jul – Speedboat with engine failure – Coopers Beach Holiday Park – Towed to Mersea Hard
  • 12 Jul – Yacht aground – Cobmarsh – Lifeboat refloated the casualty and towed to mooring
  • 12 Jul – Yacht PENDRAGON with engine failure – Bradwell Creek – Towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 19 Jul – Speedboat with engine failure – St Lawrence Bay – Towed to mooring
  • 19 Jul – Fishing vessel reported MAYDAY – 4nm S of Brightlingsea – Nothing found, stood down. Hoax.
  • 27 Jul – Motor Cruiser aground – Strood Channel – Lifeboat refloated casualty and towed to a safe mooring
  • 12 Aug – Yacht RUSPINA aground – Thirslet Spit – Unable to be refloated due to falling tide, casualty waited for high tide
  • 16 Aug – Male casualty with dislocated shoulder – Ray Channel – Casualty recovered to lifeboat station and given first aid until ambulance arrived
  • 17 Aug – Female fallen into Bradwell Marina – First aid given until ambulance arrived
  • 17 Aug – Male complaining of a grumbling appendix – Tollesbury – Casualty declined help
  • 22 Aug – Reports of a kayaker in difficulty – St Peters’ flats – Lifeboat recovered paddle. Casualty found safe ashore
  • 29 Aug – Speedboat with engine failure – Osea Island – Lifeboat towed vessel to Bradwell
  • 30 Aug – 27ft power boat with engine failure – Mersea – Lifeboat towed vessel to Brightlingsea
  • 10 Sep – Kite surfer in difficulty – East Mersea – Casualty recovered by another vessel
  • 13 Sep – Unknown distress call – Lifeboat tasked alongside Burnham RNLI, and rescue helicopter to commence a search. Nothing found.
  • 18 Sep – Sailing dinghy adrift after breaking mooring – Molliette beacon – Lifeboat recovered vessel to Mersea
  • 26 Sep – Motorboat with fouled propeller – Bradwell Marina – Unable to assist due to tidal restrictions
  • 29 Sep – Yacht drifting requested assistance – Pyefleet Channel – Yacht self-recovered to a mooring before lifeboat arrived
  • 10 Oct – Dinghy adrift – Bradwell Creek – Vessel was towed back to Mersea
  • 11 Oct – 4 persons and a vehicle stranded – Osea Island Causeway – Lifeboat evacuated casualties to Heybridge Basin to meet ambulance
  • 27 Oct – Search for missing person – Rowhedge – Casualty found ashore, Lifeboat stood down
  • 28 Oct – 23ft vessel with engine failure – Blackwater  – The lifeboat secured the craft to a mooring off Marconi and three persons were taken ashore
  • 28 Oct – Boat aground – Besom Fleet – Local fishing charter  boat recovers casualties, Lifeboat Stood-by
  • 10 Nov – Collect Paramedic – Ray Channel – Crew met the ambulance at the Strood where it was decided it was safe for the ambulance to cross.

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  • Total launches for 2014: 44 
  • 04 Jan – Car trapped on the Strood with 4 POB – Mersea – 3 persons taken off by lifeboat
  • 20 Feb – People reported stuck in the mud – Monkey Steps beach – Self recovered as lifeboat arrived
  • 23 Mar – Angling boat with engine failure – Swire Hole – Casualty towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 10 Apr – 37ft yacht with flat batteries – Osea Island – Casualty towed to Stone and re-started
  • 23 May – 10ft outboard dinghy with engine failure – Mid Blackwater – Casualty towed to Bradwell
  • 25 May – 12m power cruiser with engine failure – Bench Head – Casualty towed to Bradwell marina
  • 25 May – Capsized sailing dinghy with mast stuck in mud – Bradwell – Dinghy righted and escorted ashore
  • 08 Jun – Speedboat with engine failure – Mid Blackwater – Casualty towed to Stone
  • 14 Jun – Capsized dinghy reported – Stansgate – Casualty righted when ILB arrived
  • 19 Jun – Red flare sighted – Steeple area – Nothing found
  • 19 Jun – Speedboat sinking – Dengie Flats – 3 people rescued, craft abandoned
  • 21 Jun – Yacht STAR FIRE reported taking on water – Bench Head – No leak. Yacht escorted to Mersea
  • 22 Jun – Children stuck in mud – Cudmore Grove – Others recovered casualties
  • 02 Jul – Jet Ski with engine failure – Mid Blackwater – Casualty towed by another vessel
  • 05 Jul – Person on moored yacht with chest pains – Tollesbury – Casualty brought to ambulance at Mersea
  • 14 Jul – Yacht EVENTIDE with fouled propeller – Bradwell – Casualty towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 16 Jul  – Police ferried to Mersea while tide over Strood – Elderly gentleman assisted by Police
  • 17 Jul – Inflatable dinghy dismasted and drifting – Mersea – Casualty assisted ashore by others
  • 17 Jul – Report of paddleboarders in difficulties – Stone – False alarm with good intent
  • 20 Jul – Yacht with lost rudder – East Mersea – Casualty towed by another vessel
  • 24 Jul – Yacht reported missing – Blackwater – Yacht found at anchor safe & well
  • 30 Jul – Yacht with engine failure – Sales Point – Casualty towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 02 Aug – Yacht SHADOWFAX with engine failure – Osea Island – Casualty towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 03 Aug – Capsized sailing dinghy, broken centreboard – Stone – Casualty towed to Marconi S.C.
  • 11 Aug – Capsized sailing dinghy – Heybridge – Casualty rescued by another vessel
  • 12 Aug – Exhausted windsurfer – East Mersea – Casualty assisted by Lifeboat
  • 12 Aug – Report of 3 persons stuck in mud – East Mersea – Made their own way to safety
  • 13 Aug – Medical evacuation at high tide – Mersea – Casualty taken to mainland
  • 14 Aug – Medical incident during night at high tide – Mersea – Paramedics brought to Mersea
  • 21 Aug – Yacht aground on lee shore – Bradwell Creek – Casualty towed to safety
  • 27 Aug – RIB with engine failure – East Mersea – Casualty towed to Brightlingsea
  • 31 Aug – Motor sailor with lost propeller – Seawick – Casualty towed into Blackwater
  • 02 Sep – Person seen to have jumped from bridge – Maldon – Nothing found following search
  • 07 Sep – Motorboat ROOBY ROO with engine failure – Bradwell – Casualty towed into Bradwell Marina
  • 09 Sep – Speedboat with engine failure – West Osea – Casualty towed into Bradwell Marina
  • 12 Sep – Yacht aground – Shinglehead Point – 2 crew taken to Tollesbury
  • 14 Sep – Capsized Enterprise sailing dinghy – Decoy Point – ILB stood down as support boat rescued
  • 22 Sep – Fishing Vessel MISS GRACE taking on water – Swin Spitway – Lifeboat pumped out and escorted to Mersea
  • 09 Oct – Car on the Strood at high tide – Mersea – Driver taken ashore and car pushed out of water
  • NEW ATLANTIC 85 Lifeboat B-879 ‘Just George’ arrives on station – 20 Oct
  • 21 Oct – Yacht EVEN STAR adrift with no POB – Blackwater – Vessel towed to a mooring in Bradwell Creek
  • 22 Oct – Red flare sighted – Near Bradwell – Nothing found, false alarm with good intent
  • 25 Oct – Yacht with engine failure with  1 POB – Blackwater – Vessel towed to Bradwell Marina
  • 30 Oct – Car driven off causeway to Osea island – Osea – Casualty self recovered, lifeboat stood down
  • 26 Dec – Swimmer in difficulties -Mersea – Casualty rescued by lifeboat and met by ambulance

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  • Total launches for 2013: 46 (No detail currently available)

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  • Total launches for 2012: 60 (No detail currently available)

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  • Total launches for 2011: 74 (* Highest no. of recorded shouts in a year)

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  • Total launches for 2010: 51 (No detail currently available)

 


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