Chapel St Leonards

A man was clinging for his life to a capsized vessel near Chapel St Leonards on Sunday before being rescued by RNLI crews.

Both RNLI lifeboats from Skegness were called to the aid of a small inflatable capsized vessel at around 3.40pm on July 5. The lone crewman was in the water for around 45 minutes without a lifejacket.

Multiple 999 calls were received before the Skegness RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard rescue teams quickly arrived at the scene. The man managed to hold on to the vessel until the assistance of the inshore lifeboat arrived.

He didn’t suffer any injuries, but was checked over as he had been in the water for so long.

The man was then taken ashore into the care of the Skegness team from UK Coastguard.

The vessel was recovered and towed back to the safety of Skegness beach, where it was later collected.

The vessel was recovered by the Shannon class lifeboat and towed back to the safety of Skegness Beach. Photo: James Porter, RNLI Skegness

Craig Hopkins, Senior Helmsman for Skegness RNLI Lifeboat, said: “I cannot stress how important it is to wear a lifejacket when out at sea, a lifejacket cannot save your life if it’s left on the beach, on this occasion the gentleman was very lucky to be alive.

“For anyone who finds them self in trouble in the water, please remember that you should follow the RNLI’s lifesaving advice and ‘Float to Live’.”

The family of the father and daughter who were killed in a river crash in Chapel St Leonards said their lives have “been shattered forever at such a tragic loss”.

India Plaice, 21, and dad Daniel Plaice, 52, were named as the victims of the fatal incident on Monday, February 24. Tributes continue to be left in their memory.

Members of the public and emergency services had attempted to save the two casualties when a white Fiat Punto plunged into the water on Sea Road, near to the primary school.

India Plaice with her father Daniel.

The family have now released a tribute to India and Daniel: “Danny was the best father ever to India and Ralf, and was the deeply loved husband of Maria. India was the most beautiful, funny and vibrant sister and daughter.

“Our lives have been shattered forever at such a tragic loss.

“We would like to thank all the members of the public and emergency services for such a valiant effort in the rescue attempts for Danny and India.

“This was a tragic loss of a wonderful father and daughter, who were both lovely and highly thought of. Thank you to everyone and once again, we ask privacy to grieve.”

India Plaice (pictured) and her father Danny died after a collision in Chapel St Leonards. Photo: Facebook

Seascape Cafe NSO, where India worked, closed on Tuesday as staff dealt with the tragic loss and they have since issued their own tribute to her.

Photo: ‘Seascape Cafe – NSO’ Facebook page.

The cafe has since said that India and Danny’s family would like to personally thank the members of the public and all involved in helping at the scene of the incident, saying “showing their gratitude would give them a little more peace at this difficult time”.

They asked if those people could come forward to Seascape via a private message or by emailing [email protected]

Photo: John Aron

Police have identified a possible witness to the collision and are trying to trace a small black car, which resembles a BMW X1, that was in the area at the time.

The force has emphasised that investigators are not suggesting the vehicle was involved or contributed to the crash.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected], quoting incident 263 of February 24.

Police have identified a possible witness to a crash in which a father and daughter plunged into a dyke and lost their lives.

Lincolnshire Police are now trying to trace a small black car, which resembles a BMW X1, that was in the area at the time.

The force has emphasised that investigators are not suggesting the vehicle was involved or contributed to the crash.

Photo: John Aron

India Plaice, 21, and dad Danny Plaice, 52, were named by police as the victims following the fatal incident on Monday, February 24.

They were in a white Fiat Punto, which plunged into the water on Sea Road near to the primary school.

Locals praised the brave efforts of those who rushed to help at the scene and many have offered their thoughts to the volunteers and emergency services.

Photo: John Aron

India Plaice (pictured) and her father Danny died after a collision in Chapel St Leonards. Photo: Facebook

Tributes have poured in on social media, many from India’s friends.

Jasmine Greaves Mctighe said: “I truly am heartbroken. I was on the phone seconds before this happened to our angel.”

India worked at Seascape Cafe NSO, which was closed for the day on Tuesday as staff dealt with the tragic loss.

India Plaice. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

In a Facebook post the cafe said: “We and the team are devastated and will spend the day remembering every piece of the beautiful girl we have lost.

“India – One of the most beautiful souled people we had the pleasure of knowing. The life and soul of any party. Listening to your stories and funny thoughts at work had us all in laughter for hours. A day at work with you was never a dull moment. We will miss you greatly and you will forever be in our thoughts.

“Party hard up there princess – we love you. All our love, comfort and thoughts are with your family.”

Members of the public and emergency services attempted to rescue the two casualties. Photo: John Aron

Barry Caldicott posted on Facebook to the National Coastwatch Institution Chapel Point saying: “It is with great sadness and heartache to announce the sudden passing of a very close friend of Chapel St Leonards’ Coastwatch.

“Our thoughts are with India’s family and colleagues at Seascape Cafe NSO. Your smile and fun will be sadly missed.”

Investigating officers have issued an appeal to witnesses of the tragic crash and anyone with dash cam footage to come forward. Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected], quoting incident 263 of February 24.

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