Margate RNLI lifeboat responds to disabled motor boats

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat, along with their colleagues at RNLI Sheerness have responded to two boats in difficulties off the Essex coast.

The call came just before midnight last night (Wednesday 22 June) when coastguards were contacted by the crew of a motor boat which had encountered machinery problems and was disabled, the boat had another small craft in tow at the time resulting in two vessels requiring assistance. The position was in the area of the Maplin Sands off the Essex coast.

 

Both Margate and Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboats were tasked to assist the vessels which were soon located near the Blacktail Spit buoy (some 20 miles west of Margate). The Sheerness lifeboat was able to take both craft in tow with Margate lifeboat standing by. With the casualty vessels under tow for Queenborough Harbour on the river Medway, Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was released and returned to station.

 

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