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Southend RNLI's Search and Rescue hovercraft assists stranded Speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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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.

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)
    Tel - 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East) Tel- 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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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 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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