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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew called to 'Miracle’

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called to a small yacht in trouble but got more than they bargained for.

The volunteer crew of the new Sheerness inshore lifeboat, Buster, launched at 6.55pm on Monday 15 August to reports of a six metre yacht that had broken down off Sheerness.

But when they arrived on the scene they found that the casualty was actually much larger, and was in fact a 10.5 metre cabin cruiser by the name of Miracle.

The vessel, with one man on board, had broken down and was at anchor after suffering engine failure.

A tow line was attached and the vessel was towed back to safety in Queenborough Harbour.

ILB Helmsman Kris White said: ”This really put Buster to the test as this was a large and heavy boat and with the fresh easterly wind at the time it was a case of slowly does it."

The ILB was back on station and ready for service at 8.32 pm

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• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544   vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

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