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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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3 weeks ago

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Check out this shot of the RNLI hovercraft helping to rescue a car in the water off Two Tree Island this morning! Fortunately nobody was inside at the time.

Image: Mike Batson Photographer
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What a glorious day to go for an exercise . . . Southend ILB1 and her crew ventured out to conduct a training exercise consisting of various different modules for some upcoming assessments . . . we even had time for a quick pit stop to the Surf, Chalkwell for a brew, before continuing on with our exercise! What a sunset! ...

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4 weeks ago

RNLI Southend Lifeboat

Final dip about to begin . . . ...

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