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Hovercraft rescue centre launched

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East Anglian Galvanizing (part of Wedge Group Galvanizing) has helped to create a new Hovercraft Rescue Station in Southend-on-Sea.

The Cambridgeshire based company galvanized more than 26t of steel used to build a new RNLI Hovercraft Station comprising a two storey frame topped out with a curved roof.

Once completed, the station will house the RNLI’s dedicated hovercraft, which is used to rescue people stranded on the mudflats of Southend-on-Sea that can stretch up to a whole mile at low tide.

With top speeds of 30 miles per hour, the hovercraft can cut rescue times down to eight minutes compared with 20 minutes for a standard lifeboat.

Selwyn Parrish, Commercial Manager of East Anglian Galvanizing said: “I’m delighted with the progress on this project, as we are always keen to support the incredible work done by our emergency and rescue services. Once it’s up and running, the hot-dip galvanized Hovercraft Station will help the brave men and women of the RNLI save lives for generations to come.”

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