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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to assist a small speedboat in trouble.

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Sheerness RNLI’s inshore lifeboat to assist a speedboat that had broken down in the River Medway

RNLI/Vic Booth

D class inshore lifeboat 'Buster'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 4.06 pm on Sunday 13 November after a call from the UK Coastguard reporting a 16 foot speedboat Agadoo with two men on board had broken down in the Medway estuary.

The lifeboat crew found the drifting speedboat at 4.15 pm opposite the Thamesport terminal with its two occupants who reported that their engine had failed due to a flat battery but after making the emergency call they had been able to get it restarted again and were happy to proceed up river without assistance.

The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 4.50 pm


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