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Shortage of fuel results in a callout for the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was called to assist a small inflatable craft with three people on board after it had run out of fuel.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Eleanor’ launched at 4.25pm on Sunday 17 July to reports of a small inflatable craft with three people onboard that had run out of fuel and was drifting on the strong tide in the area of The Leas, Minster.


The casualty vessel was located at 4.45pm some distance offshore in the area of Warden Point.


The three occupants - two men and one woman - were taken on board the inshore lifeboat (ILB) and together with their inflatable craft  were taken back to the Sheppey Yacht Club ramp at Sheerness where they were safely landed ashore suffering no ill effects.


Sheerness RNLI lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: 'Before setting out to sea please make sure you have all safety issues are covered and that you are wearing suitable clothing. Also, as was not the case in this incident, we would urge people to make sure they have enough fuel to complete their trip.’


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