Sheerness RNLI lifeboat assist a lone sailor who had lost his bearings
The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was called to look for a cabin cruiser lost somewhere in the Medway estuary
The report said that the vessel was believed to be somewhere in the area of Burntwick Island in the Medway Estuary but the exact location could not be given as the lone male on board was unsure of his whereabouts after having set off from the Medway Bridge Marina some time earlier.
After launching the ALB proceeded up river to search for the vessel and whilst doing so received more information that the casualty was possibly near to Garrison Point at the mouth of the river.
Having turned around the ALB crew sighted the vessel off Garrison Point and came alongside it at 5.32pm.
The man on board explained that he was heading for France but had lost his bearings about an hour earlier.
Following some words of persuasion from the crew the casualty decided that in the interests of his safety it would be best if the ALB escorted him back to Queenborough Harbour.
Having arrived in Queenborough at 6.04 pm the casualty was met by the Sheppey Coastguards who were on hand to give him some further safety advice.
The ALB was back on station at 6.28pm
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