Early Saturday morning call for Southend RNLI volunteer crew
With pagers sounding shortly after midnight at 12.22am on Saturday 1 July, Southend-on-Sea RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew launched the search and rescue hovercraft from the inshore boathouse to search for a vessel feared missing.
The UK Coastguard reported a vessel had disappeared from the radar screen, in the area of the South Shoebury marker buoy.
The hovercraft crew made best speed in the dark to the area, but on arrival they located the vessel aground and found the lone sailor resting.
With vessel and single crew member both safe, and with and the sailor happy to be left to await the next tide to continue his passage, Southend lifeboat crew returned to station.
RNLI media contacts:
- Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661, email@example.com
- Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East), 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East), 0207 6207416 / 07786668825 email@example.com
- For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland