A broken down yacht interrupts the Annual Open day celebrations of the Sheerness
The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was called to assist a yacht in trouble off the Isle of Sheppey during the stations open day celebrations
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ were called at 2.32pm on Sunday 3 July to assist a yacht with two persons onboard that was believed to have lost its propeller off Garrison Point,Sheerness.
The crew of the ALB who had been involved in various rescue demonstrations in Queenborough Harbour since 11.00am during the stations Open Day had to quickly usher their visitors ashore to go to the rescue of the 29 foot yacht ‘Kimista’ that was in difficulties off Garrison Point in the Medway estuary.
The casualty was located quickly and was under tow at 2.32pm and safely back on its moorings in Queenborough Harbour at 3.40pm.
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said :’ I suppose a call out during our open day celebrations was inevitable as we have been very busy with a variety of calls in recent weeks.This was just one of those unfortunate incidents which cannot be foreseen but it did not spoil our celebrations, in fact it added to what was a great atmosphere as most of our visitors thought it was another exercise for their benefit. Well over 500 people were welcomed on board the ALB throughout the day apart from hundreds more who came to see the displays from the local HM Coastguard, Kent Fire and Rescue,the RNLI Lifeguard unit from Thanet and also the excellent display of classic vehicles courtesy of the Swale Vehicle Enthusiasts Club.Our thanks to these organisations and also to the many visitors who made this a very successful day for the crew and the station’
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