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Mersea Island/Brightlingsea: Yacht sailor in hospital

PUBLISHED: 18:58 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:08 29 April 2014

Coastguards discovered the body of a man washed up on Harwich beach (Stock photo).

Coastguards discovered the body of a man washed up on Harwich beach (Stock photo).

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A man is in hospital after suffering a head injury while on board a yacht off the Essex coast.

Coastguards received reports of a man being hit by a boom on a vessel near Mersea Island at around 4.55pm today.

Rescue workers from Clacton RNLI found two men on board the sailing yacht. One had suffered a cut to the head in the incident was taken to Brightlingsea Harbour where East of England Ambulance Service paramedics took him to Colchester General Hospital to be checked over.

“He did not lose consciousness at any time,” a Walton Coastguard spokesman said.

“He was taken to hospital with a cut to the head not thought to be life threatening.”

MP Therese Coffey has refused to apologise after questioning why police kept Orwell Bridge closed for eight hours following a fatal accident.

Eight fans were arrested by police after trouble broke out among a small group of football supporters at the end of the East Anglian derby at Portman Road in Ipswich.

A new Chief Fire Officer is being recruited to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) – on a £140,000 per year salary.

A 21-year-old man was treated for stab wounds after being robbed in Colchester’s Greenstead Estate on Saturday evening.

A woman was treated for severe hypothermia by coastguard volunteers after entering the sea at Pakefield.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is publicly supporting London Fire Brigade’s campaign to ask people to stop using the outdated term ‘fireman’.

A children’s book set along the banks of the river Orwell was brought to life during a marathon reading hosted at a Suffolk sailing club marking 80 years since it was published.

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