Early morning call for Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat crew.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew were called in the early hours of the morning to assist a yacht in trouble.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat, Buster, launched at 2.20am on Monday 10 October to reports of a yacht in trouble in the Medway estuary.

The eight metre yacht, 'Blue Croft’ with one man on board was quickly located just off Garrison Point and in danger of drifting onto the rocks after suffering an engine failure and dragging its anchor.

A line was attached by the crew of the lifeboat and the vessel that had been on route from London to Poole in Dorset was towed to the safety of Queenborough Harbour.

The lifeboat was back on station at 4am

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