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Southend RNLI called to medical emergency near Mulberry Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Southend RNLI scrambled their inshore rescue hovercraft to provide essential care to a casualty.

On Sunday August 9 2020, the volunteer RNLI crew at Southend on Sea was paged by HM Coastguard to reports of a person with severe lacerations on the leg, near the Mulberry Harbour. The team launched the inshore rescue hovercraft at 10:45am and made swift headway towards the distressed casualty.

Once on scene, one of the crew members, who is also a paramedic, immediately administered casualty care to the person, ensuring that the wound was clean and bandaged and that the person was safe for extraction. The team then brought the casualty on board the hovercraft, and liaised with Southend Coastguard to find a suitable landing point for the person.

The person was transferred to the beach opposite Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, where care of the casualty was handed over to the waiting Coastguard vehicle. The team was then stood down from the scene and returned to station.

The Southend Lifeboat Operations Manager, Graham Slack said, ‘Along our coastline, there are numerous sharp objects hidden under the water such as rocks and oyster shells, which can cause injury. We would always recommend that anyone entering the water should wear suitable clothing and footwear to protect themselves.

‘If you think that there is a possibility that someone could be in trouble in the water, please do not hesitate: dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard’.

Visitors are advised to check the following things before heading to the coast:

• Check the tide times before you visit

• If entering the water, let someone know where you are going and the time you will return

• Always carry a means of contacting help

• If you find yourself in trouble at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Southend RNLI's hovercraft on the beach

RNLI/Frank Holland

Southend RNLI's hovercraft on the beach

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