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Stranded sailors assisted by Southend's RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched the inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat from the pierhead boathouse at 5.35pm this Sunday evening to reports from UK Coastguard of a 30ft sailing yacht with a fouled propeller.

The lifeboat crew made their way upriver, into The Ray Gut, locating the stricken sailing boat with three persons aboard, who were all ok, opposite The Crowstone at Westcliff.

A lifeboat crew member was put aboard the casualty vessel to assess the situation and was then able to free the yacht which was assisted by the lifeboat back to Smallgains Creek, Canvey Island.

Southend inshore lifeboat returned to station for a refuel and wash down.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710 406661,
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East). Tel- 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252
  • 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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