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Three Southend RNLI rescue craft launch to capsized dinghy off Thorpe Bay

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.40pm on Thursday 5 October HM Coastguard tasked Southend RNLI volunteers to a capsized dinghy with two persons reported in the water.

Stock photo of the two RNLI lifeboats and RNLI hovercraft involved in the search


Stock photo of the two RNLI lifeboats and RNLI hovercraft involved in the search

As part of a multi-agency incident, the charity’s inshore lifeboat-1, D-818 Len Thorne GM DFC and hovercraft H004 Vera Ravine were launched to search for the missing people and proceeded to the location near Thorpe Bay Bastion at best speed.

Arriving on scene the charity’s inshore lifeboat located one of the casualties. After a medical assessment the crew transferred the casualty to the volunteers onboard the hovercraft then continuing to search for the second missing person. The hovercraft took the first casualty to shore to a waiting ambulance crew.

At 5.15pm Southend RNLI’s Atlantic 85 volunteer crew were paged, with the Julia and Angus Wright joining the search for the second casualty, while HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter was also tasked to the scene to assist the search.

Southend RNLI inshore D class lifeboat Vera Ravine located the second casualty who was brought ashore and handed into the care of ambulance crews.

Any further enquiries to Essex Police.

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Southend-on-Sea RNLI operate four rescue craft from two boathouses. A boathouse onshore housing A search and rescue hovercraft and D-class inshore lifeboat and a boathouse offshore on the end of Southend pier housing a second D-class lifeboat and a B-class Atlantic 85.

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