Southend lifeboats divert from exercise to capsized dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Two of Southend on sea RNLI’s lifeboats were diverted from their exercise off shore at Shoebury Common, to reports of a capsized dinghy and persons in the water at Thorpe Bay on Sunday 27 May.

The Lifeboats made best speed west, to the location, approx. half a mile away, finding the dinghy and picking up those casualties that had not already managed to get safely ashore.

The adults and children were making their way back ashore in the tender from a moored angling boat when it overturned.

The volunteer lifeboat crews transferred the remaining persons from the angling vessel safely back to shore and with all parties ok, continued with their exercise, before returning to station.

RNLI media contacts:

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

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