Published on November 6th, 2017 | by West Mersea RNLI

Lifeboat News October 2017

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

Training with Mersea’s First Responders

The West Mersea lifeboat crew joined forces with the Mersea Island Community First Responders for a training exercise.

[Photo above by Stephen Jay: The Community First Responders getting to know the lifeboat and crew.]

Two volunteer emergency services came together on an October evening to rehearse and consolidate their medical know-how. The Community First Responders led the training in AED use and CPR, and the lifeboat crew shared their knowledge of cold-water shock, hypothermia and drowning. This was good practice for both volunteer groups, leading to seamless work between the two teams.

Recent Shouts

The West Mersea lifeboat has launched on service nine times in October so far, clocking up forty three rescues this year to date.

Photo by Leafy Dumas: Returning home after a shout.

4th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 11.22am to a capsized dinghy in Tollesbury Fleet. The casualty was righted and towed ashore.

6th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 2.15pm to a 20ft yacht drifting out of Besom Fleet. The casualty vessel was secured to a mooring and the 2 people on board taken ashore.

7th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 5.30pm to recover a person drifting in a life raft off St Peter’s Flats. The casualty was taken ashore at Bradwell and met by the South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team.

8th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 2.30am – a night time call to rescue a van broken down on the Strood at the top of the spring tide. The casualty vehicle was pushed out of the water and the lifeboat returned to the station.

10th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 5.04pm to a DSC alert from a yacht near the Double buoys, west of Osea. On arrival on scene this turned out to be a false alarm.

12th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 4.05pm to reports of a flooded van on the Osea causeway. After confirming the vehicle was empty our volunteer crew marked it with a buoy.

14th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 6.27pm to assist a yacht aground in the River Colne at Fingringhoe. The casualty was towed off the mud and left to continue on its journey to Wivenhoe.

15th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 9.08am to assist a yacht that had been stuck aground for 24hours in Maldon. On arrival the yacht was afloat.

20th October 2017
The lifeboat launched at 1.30am to a motor vessel dragging its anchor between Osea and Northey islands. The casualty’s engine was not working so the lifeboat towed the vessel to safety at Mill Beach.

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