Southend lifeboat crews launch to assist windsurfers in difficulty near the Boom

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched the inshore D-class lifeboat at 3.00pm today from the inshore boathouse to reports from Dover Coastguard of two windsurfers in difficulty near to the Boom, off Shoebury’s East Beach.

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The lifeboat crew made their way downriver to the Boom, arriving on scene to find that one windsurfer had managed to make it ashore unaided and the second was struggling in the blustery conditions and lively sea.

The windsurfer who was otherwise ok, was ferried safely ashore along with his equipment.

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

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