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Non-stop Sunday for Southend RNLI as ten people are rescued

Lifeboats News Release

It was a busy day for Southend’s lifeboats on Sunday (June 18) as volunteer crews went into action six times.

The first call, which saw the RNLI's search and rescue hovercraft launch, came at 12.45pm following a report from UK Coastguard of an unconscious person in a dinghy offshore at Shoeburyness.

The crew arrived on scene to find two persons aboard the dinghy, with the initial casualty suffering the effects of alcohol.

The two, plus the dinghy were taken safely ashore to Shoebury Common Slipway by the hovercraft and met by The Southend Coastguard Team.

Later that afternoon the hovercraft responded to four additional jobs, involving a total of seven people, who were in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide while trying to make it back to shore over the shellfish banks. Some of those who had been cut off were suffering cuts to their feet, but required no further medical attention.

With lifeboat crews now settled at home for the evening, their pagers went off at 9.56pm in response to reports of a female in the water, 150yds offshore, just east of the Sealife Adventure Centre, Eastern Esplanade, Southend.

The inshore lifeboat was launched from the inshore lifeboat station in the dark and made best speed over a short distance to find the female, neck deep in the water and unable to make it to shore, suffering from mild hyperthermia and the effects of alcohol.

The casualty was taken back to the inshore boathouse where she was treated by lifeboat crew, with warm blankets and hot tea to raise her temperature and then be further accessed by a paramedic.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East)
    Tel - 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East) Tel- 0207 6207416 / 07786668825
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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.

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