Missing boys found after search

1960

Southend-on-Sea, Essex. At 11.15 on the night of the 4th of May, 1960, the coastguard informed the honorary secretary that two boys, who had been fishing from a rowing boat fitted with an out board motor to the westward of the pier, were reported missing. The lifeboat Cunard, on temporary duty at the station, was launched at 11.40, two hours before low water, in a light south-westerly wind and a moderate sea. She searched the area indicated but found nothing and returned to the pier for further information. She then searched to the east of the pier and later made for Canvey Island, where she found the two boys on Canvey Point. They were taken aboard the lifeboat, which returned to her station, arriving at 3.30 in the morning. Re- wards to the crew, £9 16s. ; rewards to the helpers on shore, £2 5s.

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