Busy weekend for Southend RNLI lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

Southend-on-Sea’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, on duty at the pier head on Saturday, responded to a request for assistance from the pier staff to help a female having a seizure.

Together with a paramedic who had also been called, the lady was transferred by stretcher to the lifeboat buggy, and onto a waiting ambulance on the shore.

Later, at 4.45pm, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched to a broken down personal watercraft a quarter of a mile off Barge Pier at Shoebury. Arriving on scene, the crew found that the craft had run out of fuel and, despite attempts by a companion to tow it ashore, was drifting seawards on the falling tide.

The crew took the casualty, who was suffering from cold, on board the lifeboat and towed the watercraft back to West Beach slipway and assisted with the recovery onto a trailer.

Then, on Sunday 10 September, whilst on a training exercise at Old Leigh Regatta, the volunteer crew of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2.45pm to a sinking 20ft day-sailing boat off Thorpe Bay.

The safety boats from the yacht club were on hand and had taken the casualties on board, with the yacht anchored to prevent it from drifting. Although it was hoped the lifeboat crew would be able to use their portable salvage pump to raise the casualty, this proved to be impossible due to the attitude of the sunken craft.

With no further assistance required, the crew returned to the pier head boathouse but launched the Atlantic 85 again at 4.10pm to reports of a windsurfer in difficulty off the Crowstone at Chalkwell. The crew were stood down en route when the surfer had made his own way to the shore, and returned to the boathouse for a wash down and refuel.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Brian Wood - Southend Lifeboat Station Assistant Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel – 07789 817915, brian@thewoods6.co.uk
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East) Tel - 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer (London/ South East) Tel- 0207 6207416 / 07786668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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