A welcome visitor to Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Having been subjected to a nightmare ordeal a few weeks ago, a very grateful man wished to thank his rescuers personally.

Ken Milburn, a member of the Lower Halstow Yacht Club in Kent, was so thankful to the crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Eleanor when they pulled him from the water after his terrifying two hour ordeal, as reported on 19 May, he felt that he wanted to thank the crew members personally.

Ken made a visit to the station on Wednesday 1 June where he was able to meet his rescuers and offer his very grateful thanks to helmsman Mark Tucker, crew member Kris White who went into the water to assist Ken and the third crew member Jason Strudwick who helped get him aboard the lifeboat and who also took the excellent footage of the rescue on the headcam equipment.

Ken said : ‘Without the quick response of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat volunteers after they received the emergency call, the outcome for myself would have been rather different. I am so grateful for the work these guys do not only for the boating community but for all who use our coastline.’  ponse of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat volunteers after they received the emergency call, the outcome for myself would have been rather different. I am so grateful for the work these guys do not only for the boating community but for all who use our coastline.’ 

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