News West Mersea Lifeboat

Published on May 26th, 2015 | by West Mersea RNLI

May 2015 report

Three hundred and ninety four visitors looked around Just George,  Mersea’s  Atlantic 85 lifeboat over the Easter weekend and several hundred more came in over the following week ends until the one thousandth visitor came in, in the middle of May. Others have come to watch the boat being launched on its regular exercises, details of which can be obtained at the Station.  A Colchester school  party visited along with some Colchester cubs and further such visits are booked. Contact us if you would like to arrange a group visit ‘out of normal opening  hours’. Admission is always free.

The casualty whose life was saved when he was plucked from the Blackwater by the RAF 125 Sea King from the lifeboat,(see photo) reported in the last news from the station, called in fully recovered, with a very generous donation for ‘saving his life’ The crew on the day and all at the station were touched by his gratitude. Since then there have been several ‘shouts’ but nothing of too serious a nature. Regular exercises continue to be held, one in conjunction with the Coastguard on Osea  Island, all of which provided opportunities to fine tune the crews’ familiarisation with the navigation equipment and boat handling qualities of a very smart boat.

The Annual General Meeting of the Guild saw reports of another excellent year of fund raising. Just George is a tribute not only to George Stribling and his magnificent legacy but also to all those donors who helped fund the rest of the full cost of over £210,000.

The official naming ceremony  will take place on Sunday 31st May at 11.00 when Just George will be welcomed into the RNLI fleet. A full report will appear shortly after the event. Anyone intending to visit on the day is respectfully reminded that the Station and Shop will be’ closed ‘ and that parking, difficult at all times, is likely to be very difficult to access on that day.

Godfrey Thomas
Volunteer Press Officer

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