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Busy weekend for Southend RNLI lifeboat crew with six incidents

Lifeboats News Release

The warm weekend weather kept the volunteer lifeboat crew at Southend RNLI lifeboat station incredibly busy, with a total of six separate incidents between Friday and Sunday.

On Friday (27 May) the volunteer lifeboat crews were in action four times. Whilst out on exercise in Vange Creek the crew of the inshore lifeboat were advised by a canoeist of an injured jetskier at Wat Tyler Marina. The casualty, who was in considerable pain, was made comfortable pending the arrival of an ambulance. The crew made an improvised stretcher and transferred the casualty off the pontoon to the ambulance.

The crew were then tasked by UK Coastguard to a broken down jet ski at Old Leigh. On arrival, the crew found that the casualty had been towed to safety by an off-duty RNLI crew member who was instructing sailors in the area.

Southend’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 1.38pm to search for an object reported by a passing merchant vessel in the Oaze Deep. Guided by the UK Coastguard the lifeboat crew carried out a search, and eventually located a lifebuoy. Nothing else was found and the volunteer crew returned to the pier for a wash down and refuel.

The lifeboat was launched again at 7.07pm to a 36ft yacht which had fouled its anchor and was drifting in a south-easterly direction close to the shipping channel off the pier. The casualty was towed to the pier where the anchor was recovered before the vessel was re-anchored to the west of the pier near the entrance to the Ray.

On Sunday (29 May) the lifeboat crew were busy once again, rescuing six people and a dog. This time it was the volunteer crew of the Inshore Rescue Hovercraft (IRH) that were called to help people in distress.

The UK Coastguard diverted the crew from their training exercise to help a woman and her small dog who were stranded in waist deep water 100m from the shore off the coastguard station at Shoebury. Arriving on scene, the crew found that both had been taken on board a passing jet ski. They were transferred onto the hovercraft and landed ashore at Shoebury West Beach slipway.

On Sunday afternoon, the crew of the lifeboat were flagged down by a swimmer off Adventure Island who had five friends unable to swim ashore from a nearby moored motor boat. The teenagers were taken off and landed safely ashore. Medical attention was not required in either case.

RNLI media contacts

  • Brian Wood - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Assistant Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel- 07789 817915,
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825.
  • 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.

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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