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Lifeboat called out for 100th time this year
10:05am Monday 10th September 2012 in News
Southend Lifeboat volunteers were called out for the 100th time this year as people flocked the beach for the hot weather over the weekend.
Volunteers from Southend Lifeboat Station were called out three times on Saturday and twice on Sunday.
The search and rescue hovercraft was launched from the shoreside boathouse to people in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide at the Mulberry Harbour at about 1.15pm on Saturday.
Two adults, a child and a dog were found unaware of the dangers. The hovercraft crew ferried one adult and child back to shore as the second adult and dog made an immediate return on foot, monitored by a Southend Coastguard Unit from the shore.
The hovercraft was then sent to East Beach straight afterwards, where four boys aged nine to 15 years old were found three quarters of a mile out from the shore, again unaware of the dangers.
The four were ferried safely ashore to East Beach Slipway to be met by Southend Coastguard and given safety advice.
In the afternoon the Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched from the pierhead boathouse, to reports of an angling boat with engine problems off of Canvey.
The lifeboat took the vessel under tow back through The Ray Gut where she was then handed to another vessel for the short passage on to Smallgains Creek, freeing the lifeboat up in case of another call-out.
The hovercraft was called out again to three people in the water northeast of the pierhead yesterday morning.
The crew arrived to find all three people fit and well. The crew gave safety advice and encouraged them to walk back to shore.
At 7.30pm yesterday the inshore lifeboat was launched from the shoreside boathouse to reports of two people in the water from a capsized dinghy offshore at Chalkwell.
The inshore lifeboat reached Chalkwell to find the reported casualties and sailing dinghy back onshore fit and well with Chalkwell lifeguards.
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