Thursday 12 January 2017

Lifeboat News, Boxing Day Dip 2016

West Mersea Lifeboat News
by Leafy Dumas, Lifeboat Press Officer.

Crowds gathered from far and wide on the Monkey Beach at West Mersea on Boxing Day morning.   The air temperature was hovering around 7 degrees Celcius but along with the windchill it felt significantly colder as hardy souls gathered in swimming attire and fancy dress ready for a chilly dip in the cold North Sea.

The Boxing Day Dip at the Monkey Beach is an annual event run by the West Mersea Lifeboat and Guild.  The aim of the bracing dip in the cold North Sea is to raise much needed funds for the RNLI.  This is the eleventh year of the dip at West Mersea and it is fast becoming a great Boxing Day tradition. There is not much better than a small dose of wonderfully invigorating madness for a very worthy cause!

150 swimmers braved the chilly waters in all manner of attire; there were elves and Santas, an incredible hulk, a tiger, a shark, sailors, men in tutus and even a swimming chef from the Victory.  Prizes were awarded for the best fancy dress with the winners being Paul Camina from New York for his cyborg costume, Caroline Bowring for her Daffy Duck outfit and George Devonport for dressing up as Mrs Claus, Father Christmas’ wife.

Thank you to The Victory Hotel for providing mulled wine and hot blackcurrant juice to fortify the dippers, to Tesco for donating mince pies, and to marvellous Lyn and Heather from the Poop Deck who saved the day with their tea tent providing hot refreshments to sustain us all.

Two lifeboats were in attendance: our own Just George from West Mersea from which Stormy Stan disembarked, and our flank station’s boat from Clacton.
Stormy Stan entertained the crowds, along with lifeboat helmsman Jason Dale with his wonderful commentary.

Thronging with hardy souls as far as the eye could see, West Mersea beach on Boxing Day was a sight to behold!  Thank you, from all of us at the Lifeboat Station, for coming.

Photographs by Sas Astro.

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