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Real life RNLI call-out on way to safety exercise

Southend RNLI Lifeboat Station

Southend-on-Sea's RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew was on its way to an Open Day safety demonstration when it was diverted to a real-life incident.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched one day in July 2017 following reports of a flare fired from a broken down and drifting jet ski, around three quarters of a mile offshore of Shoebury Common.

The lifeboat crew, who were just about to launch with the search and rescue hovercraft and the inshore lifeboat for the exercise off Southend Pier, instead went east to Shoeburyness and spotted a father and daughter on the drifting jet ski. They were both OK.

The two and their jet ski were taken safely ashore to Shoebury Common Slipway and Southend inshore lifeboat then went to the pier to join the delayed public exercise.

Lifeboat helmsman Ed Kemp says, “We were having a very successful lifeboat open day at our pier head 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.”

The main image is from Southend RNLI’s Facebook page.

Jul 28, 2017