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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat assist an unwell sailor.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a sailor reported to be unwell aboard his craft in the Medway estuary

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 7.00am on Wednesday 2 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported a man was unwell on his 22 foot craft ‘White Dove’.

The casualty was quickly located to the west of the Kingsnorth Jetty in the river Medway.

The middle aged man who was found to be dehydrated and unwell was given small amounts of water and along with his craft which also had problems was taken under tow to the Strand at Gillingham

Due to the poor condition of the man the lifeboat crew requested that an ambulance meet them on their arrival at Gillingham Pier.

The ILB landed the casualty into the care of the waiting Kent Ambulance paramedics at approximately 8.30am and returned to station at 9.02 am


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

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07786668825

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

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