Sheerness RNLI lifeboat call out believed to have been a hoax
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched in the early hours of the morning after a call from Kent Police
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 0107am on Tuesday 27th December to a report from Kent Police that a person had been seen to jump from Rochester Bridge.
The lifeboat crew carried out a thorough search of the river along with the Medway CG Team and nothing untoward was found.
The lifeboat returned to station at 0310am.
Later reports from Kent Police indicate that the call was a suspected hoax.
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