Lifeboat crew rescued two men from Thorpe Bay waters but one sadly died at the scene

A

71-year-old man has died after a dinghy capsized off Thorpe Bay coast in

Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Two

men were rescued from the water by lifeboat crew – one was sadly pronounced dead

at the scene and the other was taken to hospital.

Southend

lifeboat responded to the incident at 2.45pm yesterday afternoon, following

a Coastguard report that people were in the water 300m off Thorpe Bay, thought

to be from a capsized dinghy.

An

RNLI spokesman said: ‘As the volunteer crew were already at the station, the D

class inshore lifeboat was launched immediately and they quickly reached the

first casualty.

‘The

casualty told the crew that his mate was also in the water, so the crew

searched and located the second person taking him straight to Thorpe Bay Yacht

Club slipway, where he was given oxygen and CPR by a member of the lifeboat

crew – who is also a Paramedic – assisted by a passing fire officer and then

the ambulance crew.

‘Meanwhile

the lifeboat crew swiftly returned to pick up the first casualty clinging to

the dinghy, bringing him ashore to be treated for hypothermia by the ambulance

crew and then transferred to hospital.’

An

Essex Police spokesman said police were contacted by the Coastguard shortly

after 3pm with a request for assistance.

He

said: ‘Officers attended and found two men had been rescued by the Coastguard

after a dinghy had capsized off Thorpe Bay coast.

‘One

man, aged 71, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Another

man was taken to Southend University Hospital with suspected minor injuries.

‘There

were no suspicious circumstances.’

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