Pensioner, 73, dies and another injured after dinghy capsizes just 300 yards off the coastRescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat and the other drifting
Both men received medical attention on the shore for up to an hour
18:52 GMT, 17 December 2012
One man has died and another has been taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized at sea.
The two men, aged 71 and 73, were pulled from the frigid water by Southend RNLI after Thames Coastguard received several phone calls from members of the public at 2.45pm today.
The rescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat 300 yards off the coast of Thorpe Bay, Southend, while the other had begun to drift away in the current.
Tragedy: Rescuers pulled the two men, aged 71 and 73, from the sea just off the coast at Thorpe Bay, near Southend. (File picture)
It is unclear why the dinghy capsized.
Both men received medical attention on the shore for up to an hour.
The 73-year-old died at the scene, and the second man is understood to have been taken to hospital.
A spokesman for Thames Coastguard said that the two men may have been heading towards a boat on the mooring.
He said: 'We cannot speculate on the cause of death at this time.'
Grim: Rescuers scrambled just after 2.45pm today, but did not arrive on the scene in time to save the 73-year-old. (File picture)