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Two more calls end a busy week for Sheerness RNLI lifeboat volunteer crews

Lifeboats News Release

Having been called out twice earlier in the week, Sheerness RNLI volunteers were called again on Friday and Saturday to further incidents requiring their services.

The crew of the all-weather lifeboat George and Ivy Swanson were called at 8.45pm on Friday 20 May to assist a 22 ft cruiser Just Margaret with one man onboard.

The craft had run aground off St Mary’s Marsh on the Isle of Grain after suffering from an overheated engine.

The charity's volunteers located the craft which had now managed to refloat. Under its own power made its way out to the lifeboat where two crew members were placed on board and a tow line was safely attached at 9.25pm.

The craft was towed to the all tide landing at Queenborough and made secure at 10.25pm. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 11.20pm.

The second incident involved the crew of the inshore lifeboat Eleanor being called at 10.47am on Saturday 21 May after reports of a person in the water below the M2 Medway Bridge at Strood.

Whilst on route the lifeboat was advised by Kent Police that a person had been recovered from the water and was now ashore on the pontoon at Cuxton and requested that the lifeboat attend the incident.

The ILB was on scene at the incident at 11.26pm along with Coastguard r
escue helicopter 163 from Lydd, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The lifeboat crew remained at the scene to provide safety cover whilst the other emergency services attended to the casualty.

The RNLI volunteers were released at 12.20pm and were back on station and ready for service again at 1.32pm 


RNLI media contacts

* Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544 / Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer


* Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

* James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East), 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825

* For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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