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Three RNLI lifeboat stations involved in late night rescue

Lifeboats News Release

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

RNLI media contacts:

• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544 /
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen Press Officer (London/East/South East), 0207 6207416, 07824 416615
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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