Hovercraft crew is praised for rescue

Echo: Commended - RNLI official David Shepherd presents the letter to Michael Whistler, Adam Manning and Dave Brown Commended - RNLI official David Shepherd presents the letter to Michael Whistler, Adam Manning and Dave Brown

SOUTHEND’S RNLI hovercraft crew has been given an award for a daring rescue on a cold, dark winter night.

Three members of the hovercraft crew were presented with a framed letter of thanks from RNLI headquarters, at the lifeboat station’s annual dinner at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff.

Hovercraft commander Michael Whistler, pilot Dave Brown and crew member Adam Manning rescued three people, a woman who had jumped off Southend Pier, and two others who had dived in to help her.

The rescue, in December 2012, was carried out in neardarkness and high winds and was described as a difficult operation .

Mr Whistler said: “With a hovercraft, you are very restricted on weather conditions in which you can go out in.

“We were right on the limits that night. The hovercraft is a lively thing with a mind of its own.

“A chap had gone in to help the lady and another person went in as well, so there were three people in the water. It was getting dark and there were lots of life rings in the water which people had thrown in.

“They all have fluorescent strips, so it was difficult trying to work out who was where.”

Mr Whistler said his crew were glad to receive the award, adding: “It was very pleasing. The whole crew did very well that night, including the pilot.

“It isn’t easy when you are sitting on a ball of air being blown about by the wind, trying to steer.”

The crew was presented with the framed letter of thanks by senior RNLI official David Shepherd.

A spokesman for the rescue charity said: “The situation was made more difficult because of the darkness and weather conditions.

“One person was pulled out of the water by a lifeboat crew member on the pier, having made it to the pier slipway.

“The hovercraft crew searched with spotlights, located the other two casualties together, picking them up and making best speed back to the inshore boathouse, where they were met by awaiting paramedics and taken to hospital, suffering from hypothermia.”

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3:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

That is their job, saving people....
That is their job, saving people.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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3:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Elephantman2 says...

This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo!
This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo! Elephantman2
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4:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

tuttuttut says...

Elephantman2 wrote:
This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo!
Actually, the article says it was December 2012 so a lot more than a minth ago!!
[quote][p][bold]Elephantman2[/bold] wrote: This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo![/p][/quote]Actually, the article says it was December 2012 so a lot more than a minth ago!! tuttuttut
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4:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

tuttuttut says...

tuttuttut wrote:
Elephantman2 wrote:
This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo!
Actually, the article says it was December 2012 so a lot more than a minth ago!!
Ooops month not minth!
[quote][p][bold]tuttuttut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elephantman2[/bold] wrote: This was about a month ago! Old news travels slowly at the Echo![/p][/quote]Actually, the article says it was December 2012 so a lot more than a minth ago!![/p][/quote]Ooops month not minth! tuttuttut
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4:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

runwellian says...

A greatly undervalues service, this award was for services a while back but has just been presented, please don't knock such a greta service, the date doesn't matter, they saved lives, far more important!
A greatly undervalues service, this award was for services a while back but has just been presented, please don't knock such a greta service, the date doesn't matter, they saved lives, far more important! runwellian
  • Score: 12

5:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

keepitreal says...

Carnmount you thick Burke these people a volunteers . It is npt their job.......well done to the rnli crew
Carnmount you thick Burke these people a volunteers . It is npt their job.......well done to the rnli crew keepitreal
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6:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
That is their job, saving people....
Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives??????????
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: That is their job, saving people....[/p][/quote]Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives?????????? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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6:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Joe Clark says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
That is their job, saving people....
They volunteer and have FULL TIME jobs, when the beeper beeps they stop what they are doing and head for the pier.

Perhaps you should check the facts first before commenting that way you don't make yourself look as stupid as you did with your comment.

At least they guys have the guts and belief in what they do the same clearly can not be said about you.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: That is their job, saving people....[/p][/quote]They volunteer and have FULL TIME jobs, when the beeper beeps they stop what they are doing and head for the pier. Perhaps you should check the facts first before commenting that way you don't make yourself look as stupid as you did with your comment. At least they guys have the guts and belief in what they do the same clearly can not be said about you. Joe Clark
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7:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Joe Clark wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
That is their job, saving people....
They volunteer and have FULL TIME jobs, when the beeper beeps they stop what they are doing and head for the pier.

Perhaps you should check the facts first before commenting that way you don't make yourself look as stupid as you did with your comment.

At least they guys have the guts and belief in what they do the same clearly can not be said about you.
Answer my question, you buffoon.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: That is their job, saving people....[/p][/quote]They volunteer and have FULL TIME jobs, when the beeper beeps they stop what they are doing and head for the pier. Perhaps you should check the facts first before commenting that way you don't make yourself look as stupid as you did with your comment. At least they guys have the guts and belief in what they do the same clearly can not be said about you.[/p][/quote]Answer my question, you buffoon. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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8:04pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Joe Clark says...

The vast majority of people who work on the lifeboats are volunteers they do not work for the RNLI full time they have full time/part time jobs elsewhere in Southend and when they get a call they leave work and get to the pier to launch the lifeboats to rescue those in danger, I don't know where they work why should I.

Is it really that hard to understand or are you just trolling, trying to make yourself look big but just making a fool of yourself.
The vast majority of people who work on the lifeboats are volunteers they do not work for the RNLI full time they have full time/part time jobs elsewhere in Southend and when they get a call they leave work and get to the pier to launch the lifeboats to rescue those in danger, I don't know where they work why should I. Is it really that hard to understand or are you just trolling, trying to make yourself look big but just making a fool of yourself. Joe Clark
  • Score: 6

5:57pm Sat 8 Mar 14

robinpaine says...

There is a 700 page book with 450 pictures and a foreword by the The Duke of Edingburgh, also available on Kindle, called 'On a Cushion of Air', (www.Amazon.com or www.thebookdepositor
y.com), which tells the story of the development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carry 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tons and was later lengthened to an A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp was required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed.
Sadly, for economic reasons, the service came to an end on 1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent. See www.onacushionofair.
com
There is a 700 page book with 450 pictures and a foreword by the The Duke of Edingburgh, also available on Kindle, called 'On a Cushion of Air', (www.Amazon.com or www.thebookdepositor y.com), which tells the story of the development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carry 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tons and was later lengthened to an A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp was required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed. Sadly, for economic reasons, the service came to an end on 1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent. See www.onacushionofair. com robinpaine
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6:18pm Sun 9 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
That is their job, saving people....
Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives??????????
.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: That is their job, saving people....[/p][/quote]Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives??????????[/p][/quote]. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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6:52pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Joe Clark says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
That is their job, saving people....
Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives??????????
.
Please learn to use the "Quite" button in the correct way.

It is customary or if you do not know what that means commonly practiced or if you do not know what that means normal to include a comment after using the "Quote" function.

Why not toddle off and check the RNLI website as clearly you need to educate yourself and perhaps you will find an answer to what you are looking for.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: That is their job, saving people....[/p][/quote]Whats their job, if it isn't saving lives??????????[/p][/quote].[/p][/quote]Please learn to use the "Quite" button in the correct way. It is customary or if you do not know what that means commonly practiced or if you do not know what that means normal to include a comment after using the "Quote" function. Why not toddle off and check the RNLI website as clearly you need to educate yourself and perhaps you will find an answer to what you are looking for. Joe Clark
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