Southend RNLI's Search and Rescue hovercraft assists stranded Speedboat
Southend on Sea's RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched the search and rescue hovercraft at 8.20pm on Saturday (7 July) to help assist three people in the speedboat in the River Medway, Hoo, Kent.
The hovercraft launched from the inshore boathouse following a request from the UK Coastguard to assist the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat.
When the Sheerness lifeboat had arrived on the scene it was evident to the crew that the three casualties, in the high and dry speedboat, could only be reached by the Southend hovercraft due to the nature of the deep sticky mud.
The hovercraft crew made best speed south to the River Medway, where they were met on route by the Sheerness inshore lifeboat to give local guidance upriver to Hoo Island.
The three people, all ok, were taken safely aboard the hovercraft and then transferred to Sheerness inshore lifeboat to be landed safely ashore at Hoo Marina.
With the Southend lifeboat crews task completed, they returned to station around 23.00pm for a wash down and refuel ready for service.
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Key facts about the RNLI: The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland with 4,700 lifeboat crew and has more than 1,300 lifeguards on over 220 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.