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Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we are unable to facilitate boathouse visits until further notice - we apologise for this, however we are sure you can understand why.

We are still taking enquiries for later this year but not able to book anything over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding.
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It’s back!!! 📺📺📺We are delighted to announce the return of Saving Lives at Sea with the final two episodes of series 4! Tune in to BBC Two on Wednesday 26 February at 8pm to catch our lifesavers in action once more, with the final episode the following week. ...

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RNLI Southend Lifeboat

We are pleased to announce, that following the Boxing Day Dip, we raised a staggering £9,983.55 for the Southend RNLI Lifeboat Station!! This is absolutely incredible!

Thank you to every single participant for their fundraising efforts, and to all those who sponsored those taking part! Of course, a final thank you to the volunteers of Southend RNLI station who gave their time to run this event and allow us to fund raise this amazing figure!

THANK YOU!
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It isn't just humans we rescue you know . . . yesterday the Southend Hovercraft was launched to assist two stranded dolphins 🐬🐬 Well done team - great effort! 💪

See our full press release below:

The RNLI station was paged by HM Coastguard at 2pm following reports that the dolphins were stranded about 100 yards from the shore at Mucking Flats, to the west of London Gateway Port.

The four-man crew of the hovercraft arrived on the scene to join fire-fighters from Essex Fire and Rescue and volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue who were trying to save the dolphins, which had created a hollow in the mud and were some distance from the water.

In an operation that took around two hours, the RNLI crew worked alongside the fire-fighters and divers to free the dolphins from the mud. Then using two inflatable rafts from the fire service, one on each side of the hovercraft, the two dolphins were ferried to the open water across the mudflats.

‘We thought once we got them to the water that would be it, but it took a lot longer than anticipated,’ explained RNLI volunteer hovercraft pilot David Cartwright. ‘They were in the water for around an hour and a half and we were about to give up when one of them perked up and swam off and then the next one followed. Hopefully they will be alright’.

‘We would never have done it without the hovercraft,’ he added. ‘It was a real multi-agency operation, at one point we had around 15 people on and around the hovercraft trying to save the animals’.

With so many volunteers from different organisations taking part in the rescue the Gravesend RNLI lifeboat was also launched from the south bank of the Thames to ensure the safety of those on the mudflats, which can be particularly treacherous and sticky.
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Ever fancied dining with the crew of Southend Lifeboats? Well now you can! Tickets are now on sale for our Southend RNLI Annual Crew Dinner!

Hosted in the main auditorium of the Cliffs Pavilion, you can enjoy a lovely three course meal with live music in the background, perhaps you might fancy taking part in our silent auction or raffle to win some fabulous prizes, or maybe you’ll fancy a bit of dancing to our 2nd live band after dinner!

We’d love to see you there! Visit southendlifeboat.org for more information!
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