Early Saturday morning call for Southend RNLI volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

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, sue-den-adwalk@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East), 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East), 0207 6207416 / 07786668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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