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Sheerness RNLI and emergency services called out to reports of missing children

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat, coastguard crews from Sheppey and Medway plus the coastguard helicopter from Lydd in search after reports of two missing children

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat were called at 8pm on Monday 5 September after reports of two children possibly having gone missing from Allhallows beach on the Isle of Grain where they had been seen playing in the water approximately two hours earlier.

After discussions between the coastguard, the lifeboat's Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) and the lifeboat coxswain, due to tidal restraints, the decision was made to launch the inshore lifeboat (ILB), Buster, instead of the much larger all weather lifeboat.

The lifeboat launched at 8.17pm and began the search at 8.31pm in an area between the East Blythe Buoy and the Mid Swatch Buoy.

Coastguard crews from Sheppey and Medway searched along the shoreline whilst Coastguard helicopter 163, which had also been called, conducted a search from the air using infra red cameras.

Nothing was found by any of the agencies and no further reports were received of any missing children.

The lifeboat returned to station at 10.55pm to refuel and remained ready at the boathouse in case the volunteer crew asked to resume the search.

The lifeboat crew were finally stood down at 11.56pm when the decision was made to call off the search

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

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