2017 Launches West Mersea Lifeboat

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

West Mersea Lifeboat called out during Storm Doris

Lifeboats News Release by Leafy Dumas, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer.
23 February 2017

West Mersea Lifeboat called out during Storm Doris

Whilst the UK was being battered by the high winds of Storm Doris, the crew of the West Mersea Lifeboat were called to action. This was our first shout of the year, and came during the worst storm of the winter. At 11.20am on Thursday 23rd February, our boat, Just George, launched into the teeth of the gale.

It was Gale Force 9 as helmsman Matthew Haward, along with crewmembers Simon Clarke, Bart Hill and Ollie Jarvis took the boat out into the river. Tasked to find a yacht that had broken adrift from its mooring at Stone, the crew braced themselves for a rollercoaster ride into white-capped waves, spindrift and 50mph winds.

The wild and windy mission ended off Old Mill Creek near Tollesbury pier where the yacht was found hard aground with no-one aboard. Our crew then returned to the station and, with all cobwebs thoroughly blown away, they went back to work.

Our lifeboat crew are all volunteers with normal day jobs, we carry pagers and when called to action we drop everything and run to the station to launch the boat.

If you see someone in trouble on or near the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.



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