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Early morning call for Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was called to assist a catamaran that was dragging its anchor in the Medway estuary.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat (ILB), Buster, were called at 4.50am on Sunday 4 September to reports of a 10m catamaran, Catspaws, that was dragging its anchor and in difficulty in Sharfleet Creek in the Medway estuary.

Upon locating the casualty the crew found that due to the ebbing tide and strong south westerly wind, the vessel was hard aground on a mud bank.

After checking that the anchor was secure the decision was made to remove the three occupants - one man, one woman, and a 12-year-old boy - to safety.

The three people were assisted into the ILB and taken back to the lifeboat station where they were given hot drinks and, apart from being rather wet and muddy, were found to be suffering no other problems.

The three people who are believed to be locals were then taken back to Queenborough, where they had previously left their car, by the Sheppey Coastguards.

The ILB was back in service at 6am

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