A VIDEO has been released of an RNLI rescue after a woman suffered severe cuts to her leg while at Southend's Mulberry Harbour. 

Once on the scene, one of the crew members - who is also a paramedic - gave emergency care to the woman before she was taken onboard to be taken back to shore. 

Once back on shore, the woman was transferred to the beach opposite Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, where her care was handed over to the waiting Coastguard vehicle. 

A Southend RNLI spokesman said: "On Sunday, August 9 2020, the volunteer RNLI crew at Southend on Sea was paged by HM Coastguard to reports of a person with severe lacerations on the leg, near the Mulberry Harbour.

"The team launched the inshore rescue hovercraft at 10:45am and made swift headway towards the distressed casualty."

Graham Slack, Southend Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "Along our coastline, there are numerous sharp objects hidden under the water such as rocks and oyster shells, which can cause injury.

"We would always recommend that anyone entering the water should wear suitable clothing and footwear to protect themselves.

"If you think that there is a possibility that someone could be in trouble in the water, please do not hesitate: dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard."

From the RNLI

Visitors are advised to check the following things before heading to the coast:

• Check the tide times before you visit

• If entering the water, let someone know where you are going and the time you will return

• Always carry a means of contacting help

• If you find yourself in trouble at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.