Three RNLI lifeboat stations involved in late night rescue
Crews from Gravesend, Southend and Sheerness RNLI lifeboat stations combined to rescue two injured jet skiers.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station were called at 11.20pm yesterday (21 July) to stand by at the boathouse to assist the crews from Gravesend and Southend who had been involved in rescuing two men after they had crashed whilst out on a jet ski in the area of Allhallows in the Thames estuary.
Both men were injured and in need of hospital treatment, so Kent Ambulance Service paramedics were called to be on hand at Sheerness lifeboat station after it was deemed to be the nearest point of access.
The Sheerness crew, consisting of the coxswain and four others, assisted in removing the casualties by stretcher to the waiting ambulances.
The men were on board the ambulances and on their way to hospital at 1.30am
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.