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Two calls just minutes apart for Southend’s volunteer lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

Southend on Sea’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew had only just launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat from the pierhead boathouse to a broken-down angling boat at 3.25pm on Friday (22 September), when a second call came from the UK Coastguard about a capsized catamaran.

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With weather conditions calm and sunny and the angling boat, which was five miles south east of the pier and its occupants in no immediate danger, the lifeboat crew diverted to the more serious incident and made best speed up river to the 18ft catamaran and two persons in the water, off of Marsh End Sand, Leigh.

On arrival the lifeboat crew helped right the vessel, ensuring the two male sailors were ok and happy to continue sailing back to Island Yacht Club, Canvey.

The lifeboat crew then headed south easterly to the 18ft angling boat with two persons aboard, which was suffering from engine problems.

With the vessel located a short while later and the two anglers safe and well, a tow line was set up.

The vessel was then towed back to its mooring off of Thorpe Bay where the anglers were happy to stay aboard and make their own way to shore.

Southend lifeboat returned to station for a wash down and refuel ready for service.

Southend lifeboat crews are featured in this Tuesday’s (26 September) episode of 'Saving Lives At Sea' on BBC2 at 8pm.

RNLI media contacts:

  • Denis Freeman - Southend Lifeboat Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Tel - 07710406661,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East)
    Tel - 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
  • Paul Dunt, Press Officer(London/ South East) Tel- 0207 6207416 / 07786668825
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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