Published on August 17th, 2017 | by West Mersea RNLI

Lifeboat News August 2017

West Mersea Lifeboat news.
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer. August 2017

In Memory of John Barnard.

We had a lovely visit from the Colchester Sub Aqua Club who presented us with a commemorative plaque and a generous donation for which we are very grateful.  The plaque and donation are in memory of John Barnard, one of their founder members who loved to dive in the waters around Mersea Island. John sadly died at the end of last year.

The plaque says it all:

“In memory of John Barnard.Diver, fisherman and friend to many. Missed by all those he leaves behind.”

Photo: John’s widow, Christina Barnard, with two younger members of the Sub Aqua Club, and Martin Wade our Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Rotary Donation.

Godfrey Thomas was made Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Mersea for his tireless work for the RNLI, for Mersea School and for Talking Books. In recognition of Godfrey’s work, the Rotary Club of Mersea Island made a donation of £500 to the West Mersea Lifeboat. Thank you to Godfrey and thank you to the marvellous Rotary Club.

Latest Shouts

18 June 2017
We launched late afternoon to reports of a barge drifting in the Colne between Wivenhoe and the Hythe.   The barge was found with no-one aboard. We took it in tow and secured it to the riverbank.

25 June 2017
We were called at half past one in the morning to a person threatening to jump from a bridge in Maldon.  We were later stood down as the casualty was talked down by the police.

27 June 2017
Another night time shout; we were called at 0335am to bring a paramedic onto the island as the tide was covering the Strood.

27 June 2017
Later that afternoon we were called to Stone in rough weather to assist a stranded elderly gentleman whose tender had been washed ashore.

8 July 2017
We answered a MAYDAY alert, but found the casualty vessel safe and sound in Bradwell Marina.

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.

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