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Cruiser with five on board aided by Sheerness RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat volunteers went to the aid of two men and three children stranded aboard a 46ft cruiser with engine failure.

The vessel was on-route from Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex to Ramsgate in Kent when its fuel lines became blocked and the crew called for help, at around 2.10pm on Sunday 5 June.

Sheerness RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat George and Ivy Swanson soon launched and rendezvoused with the cruiser and an RNLI  lifeboat from Walton and Frinton, which had earlier taken the stricken vessel under tow.

The Kent lifeboat crew took over the tow at 2.50pm some 12 miles off Sheerness in the area of the South West Barrow Buoy next to the Maplin Sands, in the Thames Estuary. The vessels arrived at Queenborough Harbour on the Isle of Sheppey at 5.05pm. Sheerness lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 5.24pm.

Sheerness RNLI Coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘Conditions were excellent out in the estuary and this was a straightforward job with no problems. Could I also take this opportunity to remind everybody of Sheerness RNLI’s lifeboat open day on July 3rd when people can meet the volunteer crew of both lifeboats and also have a look around the vessels.’

The lifeboats will be at the Queenborough all tide landing between 11am and 3pm on the day as well as representatives from the Sheppey Coastguards and Kent Fire and Rescue Services plus other attractions.


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