Sailor 'airflifted' from yacht by Southend RNLI's hovercraft
Southend-on-Sea’s volunteer RNLI crew launched the station's search and rescue hovercraft from the inshore boathouse at 5.18pm this afternoon (Thurs Sept 12) to a yachtsman who had broken his leg while aboard his vessel in Smallgains Creek.
The hovercraft crew made best speed over the falling tide to Canvey Island where they found the sailor in the cabin of his boat.
He was lifted aboard the hovercraft and taken to Island Yacht Club where he was handed over to waiting paramedics and Coastguards. The hovercraft then returned to station to refuel and for a wash down.
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