'Miracle' rescue by Sheerness RNLI ILB
The volunteer crew of the new Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 6.55pm on Monday 15 August to reports of a six metre yacht that had broken down off Sheerness but when they arrived on the scene they found that the casualty was actually a 10.5 metre cabin cruiser by the name of ‘Miracle’.
The vessel with one man on board was broken down and at anchor after suffering engine failure.
A tow line was attached and the vessel was towed back to safety in Queenborough Harbour.
ILB Helmsman Kris White said :” this really put ‘Buster’ to the test as this was a large and heavy boat and with the fresh easterly wind at the time it was a case of slowly does it”.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland