Three people rescued off West Mersea shoreline

Essex County Standard: Three people rescued off West Mersea shoreline Three people rescued off West Mersea shoreline

THREE people were rescued from the River Blackwater at West Mersea after a dinghy capsized.
A yacht noticed the dinghy had overturned and alerted Thames Coastguard around 2.45pm on Saturday.
It sent the West Mersea inshore lifeboat out but a safety boat from the nearby Marconi sailing club had reached the people first.
It had taken the people, who were unharmed, and the dinghy back to the shore.

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9:34am Mon 16 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Yea but the lads in the fast inshore rib had a whale of time.
Yea but the lads in the fast inshore rib had a whale of time. stevedawson
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10:13am Mon 16 Jun 14

Scoot says...

One wonders what planet the yacht skipper was on. A member of the public on the shoreline seeing a dinghy capsize and the crew swimming around it may think that someone is in trouble, but a yacht that should have qualified people on board should surely have approached to see if the dinghy crew needed assistance and looked around to see if there was a safety boat nearby. All the sailing clubs along the coast have safety boats afloat for the majority of time when members are sailing. Capsizing is a regular occurence and some of the cadets even do it for fun ! On the occassions that no safety boat is afloat you only get the very experienced sailors out on the water who know what to do should they capsize and they sail in groups so if someone does have a problem theres always a boat close by to assist.
One wonders what planet the yacht skipper was on. A member of the public on the shoreline seeing a dinghy capsize and the crew swimming around it may think that someone is in trouble, but a yacht that should have qualified people on board should surely have approached to see if the dinghy crew needed assistance and looked around to see if there was a safety boat nearby. All the sailing clubs along the coast have safety boats afloat for the majority of time when members are sailing. Capsizing is a regular occurence and some of the cadets even do it for fun ! On the occassions that no safety boat is afloat you only get the very experienced sailors out on the water who know what to do should they capsize and they sail in groups so if someone does have a problem theres always a boat close by to assist. Scoot
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