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Southend lifeboat crews launch hovercraft to teenagers cut off by incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on sea RNLI’s search and rescue hovercraft was launched from the inshore boathouse at 6.37pm, to reports from the UK Coastguard of two persons just east of the pier, having difficulty making the shore, with the flooding tide.

Teenagers in inflatable

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Teenagers in inflatable

The volunteer lifeboat crew located the two 18yr old males approx. 400yds offshore, just a short distance from the boathouse.

The casualties were waist deep in water and struggling to get ashore across the shellfish beds, having already sustained cuts to their feet and hands.

The two were safely ferried by hovercraft back to the boathouse to be met by a paramedic, who tended their injuries and then sent them on to hospital by ambulance for further treatment.

Southend crews stood down after washing down the hovercraft ready for service.

Southend Coastguard team were also on scene.

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