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Four people left stranded after jet ski breaks down

Lifeboat crews were called to the aid of four people who were left stranded after their jet ski broke down near Brightlingsea in Essex.

Clacton RNLI launched its D Class lifeboat and headed to the River Colne, close to Bateman’s Tower, at 6.15pm on Saturday.

Helmsman Danny Thatcher said they were found trying to make their way ashore through the mud with the jet ski.

The four were taken aboard the lifeboat and handed over to the awaiting coastguard at Brightlingsea Hard.

The jet ski had got a rope stuck in its impeller.


Essex: Urgent warning issued after dog is bitten by snake

The incident is believed to have involved an adder.
The incident is believed to have involved an adder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An urgent warning has been issued to dog owners in the Tendring area of Essex after a greyhound was bitten by a snake and needed treatment.

The incident, believed to involve an adder, happened at Brook Country Park on the outskirts of Clacton.

The local dog warden, Allen East, says there's been two similar incidents recently.

"It's all down to the hot weather which makes the snakes more active," Mr East said.

"In this case the owner said his dog was in a great deal of pain and his leg was badly swollen. He would not like to see any other dog suffer in the same way."

Read more about what to do if your dog is bitten by a snake

Clacton gets 'seagull proof' bin bags

Special measures are being taken to protect Clacton from the blight of seagulls.

New bin bags are being used which the birds can't rip open. There have been complaints about seagulls attacking rubbish sacks, leaving food and waste strewn across the street.

Tendring District Council is trialling the new bags which are reuseable.

Search for missing man called off after body is found

Police have called off a search for a missing man after a body was found in the sea near Clacton.

Officers believe that the man found at Holland Haven is 63 year old Ronald King, who had not been seen since Friday May 16.

Relatives of Mr King have been informed.

DI Russ Cole, who was leading the search said: "Sadly we believe the body found today is Mr King and we are still awaiting formal identification".


Search on for missing Clacton man

Ronald King Credit: Essex Police

A land and sea search is taking place for a missing man in Clacton.

Ronald King was last seen on Friday afternoon telling staff at the Travelodge on Jackson Road that he was going out in a small inflatable dinghy.

He was last seen on a mobility scooter at the Atlanta Cafe on the seafront.

Mums on the march over maternity closures

Baby on protest march in Clacton
Baby on protest march in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

Mums and mums-to-be joined a march to protest at the temporary closure of maternity units in Clacton and Harwich. The hospital trust in Colchester says the closure is to cope with a shortage of midwives.

The trust's decision to close Clacton and Harwich units will be reviewed in mid June.

Mums on the march in Clacton
Mums on the march in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia
Protestors march over closure of maternity units
Protestors march over closure of maternity units Credit: ITV Anglia

Woman airlifted to hospital after car crashes into her house

A woman was seriously injured in Clacton after a car crashed into her house Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after she was seriously injured by a car which crashed into her house in Clacton, Essex.

The East of England Ambulance Service were called to Washford Gardens at 11.44am. One ambulance, a response car and the Essex Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

Duty operations manager Steve Box, who attended the scene said: “We believe the woman was struck by the car whilst she was stepping inside the house from the porch, she sustained serious injuries to both ankles.”

Mr Box added: “Our crews and the critical care team from the helicopter worked extremely hard to stabilise the woman at the scene before she was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire for further care.”

Car hits a house in Clacton

The emergency services have been called to the scene of a crash in Clacton in Essex where a car has smashed into a house.

An emergency call was received at 11.44am to a property in Washford Gardens where it was reported that a car had crashed into a house and injuring a woman inside.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust said: "At present we have an ambulance, a duty officer and the Essex Air Ambulance at the scene."


EEAST attending a serious RTC where a car has collided with a house in Washford Gardens #Clacton @eastenglandamb @essexairamb

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