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  1. #1
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    Default Blackwater helicopter rescue Sunday, real or practice?

    Was out yesterday near Marconi sailing club at about 4 pm and saw West Mersey lifeboat and a rescue helicopter attend a vessel at a mooring. Helicopter picked up one casualty. Didn't hear a mayday before this. Was this real or a practice?

    Gitane
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    Local paper has something about a 74yr old man being taken ill on the Yacht Kristin on Sunday. Airlifted to Colchester General.

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    Saturday was pretty busy with a couple of Mayday's around lunchtime, one a Contessa pounding on shingle near Orford and another grounding despite anchor out, can't remember where...
    Larry Botheras

    Colvic Victor 35 "Gladys"

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    On Saturday I was on one of the Marconi moorings watching the dinghies out having fun. Then there was about 15 minutes of 24+ knots and the safety boats were kept very busy but everyone was soon sorted. Didn't have the VHF on.

    Later I slipped and was making 6kts with just the 3dots showing on my furling genoa. Seemed a tad breezy!
    Peter. Not changing my name yet but am now Boatless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tillergirl View Post
    Local paper has something about a 74yr old man being taken ill on the Yacht Kristin on Sunday. Airlifted to Colchester General.
    Yep... Was lifted from St Lawrence bay (which is where my boat is)

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    Here is some footage of the rescue.


    http://youtu.be/sC6oYEJ7OcM

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