Southend’s lifeboat crews launch to angling boat in need of assistance

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched the inshore D-class lifeboat at 2.25pm on Saturday 17 February from the inshore boathouse, to reports from Dover Coastguard of an angling boat suffering propulsion problems off Westcliff.

The lifeboat crew made their way up river and into the Ray Gut, locating the 25ft vessel with two men and a dog aboard, all perfectly well, opposite the casino at Westcliff.

The vessel was suffering a lack of propulsion, with a suspected lost propeller, so the lifeboat crew set up a tow, to take the vessel safely back to her mooring at Chalkwell.

The two anglers were happy to be left aboard to fish, until they could further investigate the extent of their problems at low water.

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

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