Southend lifeboat launches to sailing cruiser drifting in blustery conditions

Lifeboats News Release

With Southend on Sea’s volunteer lifeboat crew already at the pierhead boathouse after a morning exercise on Friday 20 October, they relaunched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at 2.10pm at the request of the UK Coastguard.

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The coastguard reported a sailing cruiser drifting in the blustery conditions to the west of the pier, in the Ray Gut.

The lifeboat crew made best speed, given the sea state, the short distance to the drifting 26ft sailing cruiser, with one person aboard, who was ok.

The lifeboat took the sailing vessel safely under tow, back upriver to be moored at Bell Wharf, Leigh on Sea.

With all ok, the lifeboat returned to the pierhead boathouse for a wash down and refuel, ready for service.

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