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Southend RNLI crews rescue eight people cut off by the incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on sea’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched the inshore lifeboat ILB2 from the Pierhead Boathouse and the search and rescue hovercraft from the Inshore Boathouse to five people cut off by the incoming tide at the Mulberry Harbour off Shoeburyness.

The inshore lifeboat crew were first to arrive on scene and ferried the five casualties, who were all ok, safely back to shore at Shoebury Common slipway, to be met by Southend Coastguard team. The hovercraft was also on scene at Shoebury Common to assist if required due to the state of the tide.

The hovercraft and the inshore lifeboat were then called to assist three persons who had been cut off by the tide near to The Crowstone at Westcliff.

With the state of the water being too low for the inshore lifeboat to reach the casualties, the search and rescue hovercraft located the three people who were all ok, and ferried them safely back ashore.

Both units returned to station 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 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.

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