Southend lifeboat crews launch to assist motor cruiser with steering problems.

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on sea RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched from the pierhead boathouse at 6.55am on Sunday 6 May to reports of a 34ft motor cruiser with steering problems in The Ray Gut, East of Canvey.

The lifeboat crew located the vessel with three persons aboard and towed it to a nearby secure mooring due to the state of the ebbing tide. The three sailors were happy to be left aboard, attempt repairs and wait for the next tide.

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

Later at 3.50pm, after an open day exercise, the Southend lifeboat was again tasked to the same vessel for a tow back into Smallgains Creek, Canvey Island, where the vessel was put on its mooring. Southend lifeboat then returned to station.


RNLI media contacts:

  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661,
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East) Tel- 0207 6207426 / 07785296252
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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