Published on October 18th, 2017 | by West Mersea RNLI

Lifeboat News September 2017

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

Mersea Island Lodge Donation.

The Lifeboat recently received a generous donation of £2000 for which we are very grateful.  The money was raised by the Mersea Island Lodge at their Ladies’ Night dinner organised by Sarah Phillips-Pearce and her husband Richard.  Sarah’s father Geoff Pearce served on the lifeboat for many years.   Following in Geoff’s footsteps, Sarah and Richard’s son (Geoff’s grandson) Harrison Phillips-Pearce, steeped in lifeboat history, has recently joined the crew.

Summer Open Day.

Our summer open day last month was a roaring success with visitors from far and wide coming to see our lifeboat and the station.   With pagers sounding, our lifeboat, Just George, launched on three occasions, each time making the short voyage to the hammerhead jetty.  Whilst moored alongside the jetty, children were invited to climb aboard for a close-up look and the crew did their level best to answer their many scrutinizing questions.   Later in the afternoon a 6-man liferaft was deployed and distress flares set off.  The liferaft was duly tested by filling it with six of our burliest lifeboat men, which proved to be a bit of a squash and a squeeze.  

Back at the station there was much for everyone to do and see.  Our original and vintage launching tractor was back on site courtesy of Geoff Pearce. Martin Wade, our Operations Manager had put together a film of local rescue footage that was on show.  Our list of launches on service and some of our lifesaving equipment were out on display.  Tea, cakes and lifeboat souvenirs were for sale. Activities included dressing up as a lifeboat crew, colouring-in rescue scenes on the art table, or just sitting back with a cup of tea and enjoying the waterfront goings-on.

Latest Shouts.

22nd July 2017
It was about one o’clock in the morning –the morning of the wedding of one of our crew- when we were called to rescue a man from the water in Bradwell Creek.  His dinghy had capsized and he had lost his oars. Found clinging onto a mooring buoy, we took him ashore and handed him over to the South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team.

25th July 2017
We were called at 6.17pm to come to the assistance of a broken down speedboat but the casualty was unsure of his position.  We eventually found him near Northey Island, towed his boat back to a mooring at Mill Beach and took him ashore.

1st August 2017
We launched at 7am to a broken down speedboat at Steeple Bay.     The casualty was towed back to the caravan park.

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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