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Southend RNLI Lifeboats in action three times over the weekend.

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on sea’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews launched three times this weekend to incidents including a drifting craft and persons cut off by the tide.

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The inshore lifeboat was launched 6pm on Saturday 20 May following a report of an empty canoe offshore from the Westcliff Casino. This craft had been sighted earlier heading west about 500yds out from the shore at the pier.

After a thorough search, the canoeist was located coming ashore at the Two Tree Island slipway. However, on speaking to the canoeist, he confirmed sighting of an unmanned inflatable dinghy in the original area and the crew were stood down with the incident deemed to be a false alarm with good intent.

On Sunday afternoon, RNLI’s Southend lifeboat, together with the charity’s search & rescue hovercraft, launched to reports from the UK Coastguard of possible persons cut off by the tide at the Mulberry Harbour.

The volunteer crews of both units were stood down when information was received that assistance was being given by members of the public. However, whilst returning to the inshore boathouse, the crew of the hovercraft came across two persons having difficulty negotiating the mussel beds and were given assistance to the shore.

RNLI media contacts

  • Brian Wood - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Assistant Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel- 07789 817915, brian@thewoods6.co.uk
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  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825. 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 over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

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