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Essex/Suffolk: Coastguard co-ordinates help along coastline

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Thames Coastguard station organised rescues for several vessels along the coastline yesterday.

At 4.50am the watch received a 999 call from a man in his 50s who was on a yacht morred at Tollesbury, saying he had suffered chest pains over night.

After advice from a doctor the West Mersea lifeboat took ghim from his yacht to Mersea Island, where he was met by the island’s coastguard team and paramedics and taken to hospital.

At 5.17 coastguard officers tasked the Clacton lifeboat to help two people on board the fishing boat Discovery which had broken down off Colne Point near Brightlingsea.

The lifeboat towed the vessel back to shore.

In the afternoon 1310 Thames Coastguard was advised by the Felixstowe ferry harbour master he was going to help a large Dutch yacht aground on the Deben Bar.

The Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service boat Guardian also stood by until the vessel was towed into deeper water.

Women from Suffolk have described how their lives were rocked by “unfair” changes to pension laws.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

Murray Park in Ipswich is set to get a trim trail as the latest measure to improve facilities.

A top primary school in Martlesham Heath has been given Ofsted’s top rating of ‘outstanding’ in its latest inspection – the first time it achieved the benchmark rating in 50 years.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A hugely popular Suffolk band competition which champions new musical talent will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

A celebrity hairdresser visited West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds to give a masterclass to students and answer questions on the industry.

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