Southend RNLI’s search and rescue hovercraft launched to people cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat crews were again busy this evening (Sunday 27 May) with Southend RNLI’s search and rescue hovercraft being launched at 5.30pm to reports of persons cut off by the tide in The Ray Gut at Leigh on Sea.

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The hovercraft crew made their way to the reported location in Leigh to find that all the persons in the water were ok, requiring no assistance and happy to be left.

The volunteer crew returned to the inshore boathouse, recording the call as false alarm but with good intention.

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  • 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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