Southend coastguard helped rescue a boat after the owner struggled to secure it in strong winds.

The team were tasked to reports of concern for the boat and a member of the public on Thorpe Bay beach at 4.45pm yesterday afternoon.

The coastguard identified the boat as one they had previously been called out to.

The boat was sitting on the water edge with the owner struggling to secure it in the strong winds.

Officers helped the owner to retrieve the boat and spoke to them about their intentions over the coming hours with the incoming tide.

The owner explained to the team that he had a new mooring and a family member was coming to help them before the vessel was moved.

Both Southend coastguard and Dover CGOC then stood down.

The coastguard team are urging people to call 999 and ask for the coastguard if they see anyone in trouble on or near the water.