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Barry CrayfordVolunteer Press Officer
at Sheerness lifeboat station.
Lifeboats News Release
Sheerness inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 2.30pm Saturday March 2, to a report of two young thirteen and fifteen year old girls cut off by the tide at the base of the cliffs at Warden Point, Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey
The lifeboat proceeded at best speed and arrived on scene at 2.55pm, and found that the two girls, from Warden Bay, and Eastchurch had both taken refuge on an old World War 2 pillbox. Fortunately, after having been in the mud and water for some time, both were cold but otherwise unhurt.The olunteer crew took both girls onboard the lifeboat and landed them along the beach to safety and into the care of Sheppey coastguard.The lifeboat returned to the station and, after a thorough clean, was ready for service at 3.47pm.Notes to editors:The Sheerness lifeboat station was established in 1969 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 235 Lifeboat stations around the shores of Great Britain and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. The station is equipped with a 46ft Trent Class Offshore Lifeboat called “George and Ivy Swanson”, and a IB1 inshore lifeboat called “Eleanor”RNLI media contactsBarry Crayford, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer07969659877 / email@example.comTim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / firstname.lastname@example.orgPhilly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)0207 6207425 / 07886 668825 For enquiries outside business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.
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