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

71-year-old man has died after a dinghy capsized off Thorpe Bay coast in
Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

men were rescued from the water by lifeboat crew – one was sadly pronounced dead
at the scene and the other was taken to hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

Essex Police spokesman said police were contacted by the Coastguard shortly
after 3pm with a request for assistance.

said: ‘Officers attended and found two men had been rescued by the Coastguard
after a dinghy had capsized off Thorpe Bay coast.

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

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

were no suspicious circumstances.’

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