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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