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Southend lifeboat launched to broken down jet ski during Lifeboat Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Southend-on-Sea's RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched the Atlantic 85 lifeboat on Sunday (9 July) following reports from members of the public of a flare being spotted from a broken down and drifting jet ski approximately three quarters of a mile offshore from Shoebury Common.

The lifeboat crew, who were just about to launch as part of an open day exercise with the search and rescue hovercraft and the inshore lifeboat off Southend Pier, made their way quickly east to Shoeburyness and located the drifting jet ski with a father and daughter aboard, both ok.

The two and their jet ski were taken safely ashore to Shoebury Common Slipway and with all ok, the Southend inshore lifeboat made it’s way back to the pier to join the slightly delayed public exercise.

Lifeboat helmsman Ed Kemp said: “We were having a very successful lifeboat open day at our pierhead boathouse, with many members of the public being able to see lifeboats and equipment up close and talk to members of crew, but the launching on service during this time, makes people very aware of what we are here for - saving lives at sea”

RNLI media contacts:

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

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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