Father and son rescued after getting into difficulties in the sea at Westcliff

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea's volunteer lifeboat crew launched the inshore D Class lifeboat at 2.20pm on Friday 29 June following reports of two people in difficulty near the Westcliff Casino.

Southend Lifeboat Station

Nicholas Leach

Southend Lifeboat Station

A father and son were swimming from the shore when the son was caught in the ebbtide current. His father was unable to help him to the shore but both managed to hang on to a nearby mooring buoy. The volunteer crew were soon on scene and recovered the pair, together with a third person who had swum out to assist, and landed them ashore where paramedics and UK Coastguards were on hand to offer advice and assistance.

Southend lifeboat returned to station for a washdown and refuel.


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