Southend inshore lifeboat launched to assist kitesurfer rescued by workboat

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched from the inshore boathouse at 8.07pm on Saturday evening (26 May) to meet the supply boat 'Assasin', to ferry a rescued kitesurfer ashore.

Assasin was returning to Old Leigh, from a job at the deep water anchorage, when her crew luckily spotted the kitesurfer, drifting on the edge of the shipping lane approx two miles offshore, east of the pier.

The kitesufer, who was suffering from hyperthermia and shock, reported that he had been in the water for nearly four hours.

The inshore lifeboat crew rendezvoused with the supply vessel Assasin just off the pier head, transferred the casualty aboard the inshore lifeboat and ferried him safely inshore to the lifeboat station, where the casualty was met and treated by paramedics before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The inshore lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

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  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661,
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