Southend-on-Sea RNLI launch Atlantic 85 to paddleboarder
Saturday October 14 at 3.47pm HM Coastguard tasked Southend-on-Sea RNLI to search for a person in the water approximately half a mile south of Two Tree Island.
Southend RNLI volunteers launched the charity’s B-class Atlantic 85 ‘Julia and Angus Wright’ at 4.05pm in a moderate westerly breeze and headed at best speed towards the reported position of a person in the water.
Further information from the Coastguard reported that a male paddleboarder had left from Canvey Island and was unable to return to shore against the wind and ebbing tide, drifting in an easterly direction out to sea.
Coastguard helicopter ‘Rescue 163’ was operating in the area and tasked to assist in the search for the paddleboarder. Southend RNLI volunteers were given instructions to search further offshore and east of the initial reported position. A further update from HM Coastguard who were communicating with the casualty set the search area closer to Canvey Island.
At 4.15pm the casualty was sighted by Coastguard helicopter ‘Rescue 163’ off Chalkwell on the south side of Marsh Sand. Southend RNLI lifeboat guided by ‘Rescue 163’ arrived at 4.22pm taking the casualty onboard.
The charity’s volunteers took the casualty back to Southend RNLI offshore station arriving at 4.40pm. The paddleboarder was in good health not requiring medical assistance, he received a hot cup of tea in the station with the volunteer crew.
The paddleboarder was well equipped and did the right things, wearing the correct clothing and personal floatation device, carrying a means to call for help and remaining with his board.
Key safety information for paddleboarding can be found on the RNLI website. https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding
Notes to editors,
Southend RNLI B-class Atlantic 85, B-885 ‘Julia and Angus Wright’ is housed in Southend’s offshore boathouse, launched by a davit.
Photo credit. RNLI Nigel Gilchrist.
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