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Southend RNLI volunteers tasked by HM Coastguard to small sailing vessel aground

Lifeboats News Release

Southend RNLI hovercraft H004 ‘Vera Ravine’ launched to assist a small sailing vessel aground 150 meters off Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on Monday afternoon, October 16 at 5.42pm.

Photo of the Southend RNLI hovercraft 'Vera Ravine' at the lifeboat station.

Nigel Gilchrist

The Southend RNLI hovercraft 'Vera Ravine' at the lifeboat station.

Arriving on scene at 5.46pm in a gentle breeze, the volunteer crew found one person onboard a 12-foot tender/dinghy modified with a rudder and sail and the vessel in a poor state.

The charity’s rescue hovercraft ‘Vera Ravine’ assisted the male solo sailor to shore where Southend Coastguard Rescue Team also on scene were waiting.

Both the RNLI and Southend Rescue Team talked to the casualty discovering he had left Woodbridge on the river Deben and was on passage to France via Dover with only very basic provisions. After some good advice, Southend RNLI hovercraft was stood down and returned to station at 6.21pm.

Notes to editor:

Photo credit: Nigel Gilchrist.

RNLI rescue hovercraft ‘Vera Ravine’ is one of four rescue craft housed at Southend RNLI lifeboat station and one of four hovercrafts stationed around our coast. The charity has seven hovercrafts, three of which are relief vessels.

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· Nigel Gilchrist, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Southend RNLI [email protected] 07765 875300

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 [email protected]

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