Rescuers speculate ‘very different outcome’ had capsized dinghy pair not worn life jackets

A lifeboat crew in action. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

A lifeboat crew in action. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Rescuers have highlighted the importance of life jackets on the water after two people were saved off Wrabness.

Harwich inshore lifeboat was launched at 4pm on Monday.

One person had managed to climb on the dinghy and call for help using a waterproof mobile device.

The volunteer crew helped the pair onto the lifeboat.

One person was transferred to hospital, while the other was well enough to not need further treatment.

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A spokesman for Harwich RNLI said: “The incident could have had a very different outcome.

“Thankfully, both were wearing life jackets that had activated correctly, and they had a way of requesting assistance. If either of those things had been missing, the chances of being found in good time would likely be reduced.

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“We’re pleased to report a good outcome, an efficient and professional response from our crew, and excellent backup from the East of England Ambulance Service.”

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