Harwich Lifeboat Station
 

Services for 2017

Total number of services for this year : 32 (ALB=14 ILB=18)

03/01/2017
ILB
   
1
0550-0700
The first call of 2017 for Harwich RNLI woke the volunteer crew just before 6am.

The inshore lifeboat was requested to assist in the transfer of a person from a barge at Pin Mill, for onward transfer for medical treatment.

On arrival at the scene, the lifeboat was unfortunately unable to get close to the vessel due to the state of tide. However, the vessel itself was accessible from the shore side. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service, and Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team were all in attendance and safely transferred the individual.

The lifeboat was released to return to station.

13/01/2017
ALB
   
2
1430-1800
On Friday 13th of January, the all weather lifeboat was launched to locate and investigate a drifting vessel.

During the morning, with the threat of a high tidal surge and gale force winds, crew members had assembled to move the all weather lifeboat to a more sheltered temporary berth. Despite being on a temporary berth, the lifeboat was quickly on the way to the position of the last reported sighting, just north of Woodbridge Haven.

On arrival at the reported position, there was no sign of the vessel. A Coastguard rescue team was requested to check the river Deben entrance from the shore to see if the vessel could he sighted.

The lifeboat was given an initial search plan by the UK Coastguard which was quickly replaced with an updated plan. On the first leg of the second search plan, the vessel was located, being taken further offshore by the weather conditions. The vessel was unoccupied and had part of a mooring attached, suggesting it had broken its mooring inside the river Deben.

Consideration was given to launching the Y-Boat to attach a tow to the vessel but with skillful manoeuvring of the lifeboat in challenging conditions, the crew were able to pickup the remains of the mooring on the vessel and make off the tow rope to it.

Shortly after 6pm, the lifeboat and small motor vessel arrived safely back in Harwich and returned to the temporary berth ahead of a further tidal surge.

21/01/2017
ILB
   
3
1220-1240
ILB launched to capsized Kayaker at the harbour entrance. Fortunately for the casualty a Pilot launch was quickly on scene after hearing the call for assistance.

The pilot launch quickly recovered individual from water and made its way to rendezvous with the Harwich ILB. Both the casualty & kayak were transferred to ILB & returned to the lifeboat station.

The Individual was cold but fit & well. Blankets were provided to help warm up and then the individual was taken back to the launch site.

23/02/2017
ALB
   
4
1900-2150
At 7pm on Thursday 23 February, the all weather lifeboat was launched following a report of a possible person in the water just off Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team and the UK Coastguard Helicopter from Lydd were also tasked. With the tail end of storm Doris still having an impact, conditions were very challenging.

The lifeboat made its way to the scene to commence a search as close to the reported position of the sighting as possible. The Y-boat was deployed to allow areas closer to the beach to be searched.

Later, the search was stood down with nothing found. The lifeboat returned to station shortly before 10pm.

08/03/2017
ILB
   
5
1715-1830
Late on Wednesday afternoon, the crew were paged for the launch of the inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat was requested to join in the search for a missing person somewhere in the Felixstowe area.

Other agencies including our UK Coastguard colleagues, Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team and Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team had been searching for some time, with the person missing for most of the day.

With light fading, thankfully the individual was located by a Coastguard team. An Ambulance was called as the individual required medical assistance.

The inshore lifeboat was released to return to station. A great multi-agency effort with a positive outcome.

12/03/2017
ALB
   
6
1530-1730
The all weather lifeboat was launched on Sunday afternoon to go to the assistance of a yacht that had broken down off the Felixstowe coast.

In calm conditions and with no wind, the vessel was unable to safely reach and enter Harwich Harbour.

On arrival at the vessel, a tow was established and the lifeboat headed for Harwich. Shortly after entering Harwich Harbour, the yacht was secured alongside the lifeboat to then be moored safely at Shotley Marina. UK Coastguard colleagues from Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team were awaiting the arrival of the yacht and pulled it through in to the marina lock.

The lifeboat was released to return to station.

14/03/2017
ILB
   
7
0535-0730
The inshore lifeboat was launched early on Tuesday morning to an incident at the Orwell Bridge.

A search was commenced just down river from the bridge, working up towards the bridge. Our UK Coastguard colleagues from Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team and Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team searched the shoreline and the bridge itself. Concerns had been raised after an individual had been seen walking on the bridge a short time earlier.

Search conditions were very good and allowed large areas to be searched relatively easily.

Content that the area had been thoroughly searched, all units were stood down by the UK Coastguard with nothing found. The inshore lifeboat returned to station.

14/03/2017
ALB
   
8
1115-1345
The pagers were activated for a second time on Tuesday morning, requesting the launch of the all weather lifeboat.

A report had been received from a ship that there was a possible capsized vessel 40miles East of Harwich. The UK Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd had also been tasked.

The helicopter was first to arrive on scene and began a search of the area. A closer check on what was thought to be an upturned hull found it to be a large piece of foam or similar material. All units were released to return to station/base.

Thankfully on this occasion the object sighted was not an actual vessel. However, the vessel that made the call did exactly the right thing in alerting the Coastguard, leading to the tasking of Search and Rescue assets.

23/03/2017
ALB
   
9
2000-2350
The crew were assembling on Thursday evening at 7pm ready for a training exercise.

Before launching, a call was received from the UK Coastguard to discuss launching the ALB later in the evening to take over a tow from our flank station, Aldeburgh Lifeboat. Aldeburgh ALB had been requested to launch earlier in the evening to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel that had broken down in difficult conditions off the Suffolk coast.

After a short discussion, the decision was taken to prepare to launch. At 8pm, the lifeboat left Harwich to head up the coast to meet the Aldeburgh lifeboat. Speed had to be reduced slightly at times to reduce the slamming in the swell from the North East.

Just before 9pm, the Aldeburgh tow was released and the Harwich lifeboat was manoeuvred in to position to pass a tow. With the tow securely made fast, Harwich lifeboat turned to head for Harwich Harbour. Aldeburgh lifeboat was released to make the uncomfortable trip back to station.

Some significant course alterations were required to allow commercial shipping to pass ahead of the lifeboat before the lifeboat crossed the main channel and made the final approach to Harwich Harbour. Shortly before midnight, the fishing vessel was secured safely at Ha'Penny Pier, Harwich, and the lifeboat returned to its berth at the lifeboat station.

15/04/2017
ALB
   
10
1340-1530
An initial launch request was received at 12.15pm on Saturday, requesting the launch of the all weather lifeboat. A yacht off Shingle Street had broken down and required a tow in to Harwich.

The yacht was making good progress under sail, so the decision was reached that the lifeboat would not be launched immediately and yacht could continue towards Harwich under sail. The lifeboat would then be launched to bring the yacht in to Harwich Harbour.

At 1.40pm, the crew pagers were activated and the all weather lifeboat was launched to assist the yacht. On arrival at the scene, a tow was established and the vessel was taken safely in to Harwich Harbour.

A local coast patrol boat took over the tow in Harwich Harbour, for onward passage to Woolverstone Marina.

02/05/2017
ALB
   
11
0915-1030
The all weather lifeboat was launched on Tuesday morning following a call for assistance from a yacht.

The vessel had fouled its prop/rudder out at Stone Banks and needed to be towed to safety. A tow was established and the vessel was taken to Shotley Marina.

05/05/2017
ILB
   
12
0045-0130
The crew were woken by the Pagers at 12.45am on Friday morning.

The inshore lifeboat had been requested to attend a possible incident at the Orwell Bridge. Shortly after launching, the incident was resolved. The lifeboat was stood down and released to return to station. By 2am, the volunteers had re-housed the inshore lifeboat and returned home to bed.

13/05/2017
ILB
   
13
1105-1200
A Police incident in the Harwich area lead to the launch of the inshore lifeboat on Saturday morning.

With the Police leading the incident, the lifeboat joined Walton Coastguard Coast Rescue Team, Clacton-on-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team, and Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team in the multi-agency response. The incident was later resolved and all units were stood down.

27/05/2017
ILB/ALB
   
14/15
1630-1715
The pagers were activated at 4:30pm on Saturday 27 May, with the volunteer crew being tasked to assist a broken down yacht in Harwich Harbour. The strength of wind and tide had pinned the yacht against Ha'Penny Pier, with a significant risk to the safety of the occupants, and of damage to the vessel.

A tow was established by the inshore lifeboat and the vessel was towed clear of the pier. The all weather lifeboat was quickly on hand to backup the inshore lifeboat as it approached Shotley Marina. As the yacht was being secured in the marina lock, both lifeboats were re-tasked to a person in the water at Mistley.

27/05/2017
ILB/ALB
   
16/17
1715-1815
Concerns for an individual had been raised as they were observed in the water, possibly stuck in the mud. A UK Coastguard Mud Rescue team had also been tasked. With the tide falling rapidly, the inshore lifeboat was backed up by the Y-Boat, taking additional crew to the scene and with a shallower draft. The individual was located safe and well, making their way back to Stour Sailing Club. With very little water remaining and with the individual not requiring assistance, the lifeboats were released from the scene. The UK Coastguard team and Essex County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene to keep watch and assist further if it became necessary.

27/05/2017
ILB
   
18
1815-1845
On returning to station, the inshore lifeboat was re-tasked for a welfare check of occupants on board a grounded yacht at the entrance to the river Deben.

With no assistance required, the inshore lifeboat was released.

27/05/2017
ILB
   
19
1845-1915
The all weather lifeboat was also re-tasked with a request to check on the welfare of the occupants of a yacht that was reported to be dangerously close to the Stena Hollandica ferry, which was inbound to Harwich. However, with the inshore lifeboat being released from the river Deben, it was better positioned to carry out the check, and the all weather lifeboat returned to station.

29/05/2017
ILB
   
20
1315-1415
At lunch time on bank holiday Monday, the inshore lifeboat was in action again, this time to locate the source of a DSC Distress Alert. The UK Coastguard established communications with the vessel in difficulty and the Felixstowe Coast Patrol boat assisted in re-floating it. With no further assistance required from the inshore lifeboat, the lifeboat was released to return to station.

01/06/2017
ILB
   
21
1715-1900
The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch on Thursday morning to assist a grounded vessel in the river Deben.

Discussion between the UK Coastguard and the Launching Authority at Harwich RNLI deemed a better launch time to be 5.15pm. The vessel being aground and with a falling tide would mean there would be very little chance of a successful and safe re-float, especially given the time it would take to get the lifeboat on scene.

Later in the day, as planned, the inshore lifeboat was launched. The vessel was successfully and safely re-floated.

03/06/2017
ALB
   
22
0045-0430
The volunteer crew were woken by the pagers shortly after midnight to go to the assistance of a yacht.

The vessel had run out of fuel and after a continuous belt of storms had cleared through, the yacht was becalmed off the Suffolk coast.

On arrival at the scene, a tow was established and the lifeboat turned to head back down the coast. At approximately 4.30am, the yacht was berthed safely at Ha'Penny Pier, Harwich. The lifeboat returned to station to be refuelled and made ready for service.

05/06/2017
ALB
   
23
0540-0800
The pagers were activated early on Monday morning following a Pan Pan call from a yacht.

In a position just South East of the Roughs Tower a yacht was dismasted and required assistance.

A research ship was standing by the yacht and provided updates on the yacht's position. On arrival at the scene, a tow was established and the lifeboat turned to head for the shelter of Harwich Harbour.

Shortly after 8am, the yacht was secured safely alongside at Shotley Marina.

10/06/2017
ILB
   
24
1810-1830
The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to a Police incident at the Stone Pier, Harwich, on Saturday evening.

Just after launching, the lifeboat was stood down. The incident had been resolved.

13/06/2017
ILB
   
25
1200-1300
The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to a broken down jet ski at midday on Tuesday. The jet ski was reported to be at Stone Point.

The inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and the vessel was taken in tow. It was decided that the jet ski would be taken to Felixstowe Ferry, just inside the river Deben where it was launched from. While it was a significant distance, it was the most appropriate location to go to at the time.

On departing Felixstowe Ferry, a motor cruiser was found to be broken down at the entrance to the river Deben.

13/06/2017
ILB
   
26
1300-1415
After a discussion with UK Coastguard, the decision was taken to establish a tow and attempt to get the vessel on to a mooring in the river at Felixstowe Ferry.

With a significant strength of tide, getting the vessel on to a mooring was very challenging but was successfully achieved. After giving an informal safety reminder on the importance of wearing life jackets on deck, the lifeboat was released to return to station.

15/06/2017
ILB
   
27
1710-1800
Late afternoon on Thursday, the inshore lifeboat was in action again.

A dinghy with three persons on board had broken down and was drifting in the river. On arrival at the scene, close to Ganges Pier, the occupants were transferred to the lifeboat and the dinghy was taken in tow. The individuals were returned to a bigger vessel a short distance up river. With everybody safe and the dinghy secured, the lifeboat was released to return to station.

16/06/2017
ALB
   
28
1400-1515
On Friday afternoon, the all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a Motor Cruiser that had had a fire on board.

The occupants had managed to extinguish the fire but with one engine out of action and some damage to the electronics, the vessel was unable to get to a place of safety.

On arrival at the vessel's position, just South-South-West of the Pye End buoy, a tow was established. The Motor Cruiser was towed safely to Ha'Penny Pier, Harwich.

22/06/2017
ALB
   
29
1345-1800
Early on Thursday afternoon, the all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a yacht that was broken down close to the Mid-Bawdsey Buoy.

A tow was established and the vessel was towed towards Harwich harbour. The occupants had reported that they had either lost the propeller or the propeller was damaged.

After over three hours on tow, the yacht was delivered safely to Shotley Marina where Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team was on hand to receive the vessel and take it through the marina lock. The lifeboat was released to return to station.

24/06/2017
ILB
   
30
0150-0400
The volunteer crew were woken by the pagers just before 2am on Saturday following a report of a vehicle in the water at the Port of Felixstowe.

Following a quick launch, the inshore lifeboat was on scene within minutes and commenced a search close to the quay wall. Pilot launches from Harwich Haven Authority and multiple Svitzer Tugs formed a line to search the water along the entire length of the port.

Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team , Suffolk Fire and Rescue, Police and Ambulance were also on scene working on the incident.

An update was later recieved to confirm that all persons were accounted for, safely ashore, and the vehicle was believed to be unoccupied. Divers later confirmed the vehicle was unoccupied.

26/06/2017
ILB
   
31
1650-1800
Late on Monday afternoon, the pagers were activated for an immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat.

The single occupant of a motor cruiser had put out a Mayday distress call as the vessel was taking on water.

On arrival at the vessel, a crew member was transferred to assess the situation and the salvage pump was ready for use. The occupant confirmed that by shutting off the engine and running the pump, the water level had been reduced. With no further signs of ingress, the decision was taken to restart the engine and proceed under the vessel's own power towards Harwich harbour. The inshore lifeboat escorted the motor cruiser very close by, ready to take action if the situation worsened again. Until the situation was confirmed as being under control, the all weather lifeboat had also been brought to immediate readiness with crew ready to go.

After 30 minutes, the lifeboat and motor cruiser reached Shotley Marina and were met by Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team . Marina staff and the Coastguard Rescue Team assisted the occupant in getting the vessel in to the safety of the marina hoist lifting slings, removing the risk of any further issues.

The lifeboat was released to return to station.

28/06/2017
ALB
   
32
0450-0730
The all weather lifeboat was launched early on Wednesday morning to go to the assistance of a yacht with a fouled prop.

The vessel had managed to deploy its anchor, holding it in position close to the entrance of the river Deben. On arrival at the scene, a tow was established and the lifeboat headed towards Harwich harbour. Shortly before 7:30am, the yacht was delivered safely to Shotley Marina where it could be lifted out of the water.

The lifeboat was released to return to station.