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Lifeboats called to a boat aground on the Isle of Sheppey

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness and Whitstable RNLI lifeboats responded after a craft was reported aground at Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey

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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 11.08am on Friday 4 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a yacht with two men on board had been grounded ashore close to Warden Point at the eastern end of the island and that one of the two was diabetic and reported to be deteriorating quite quickly.

The ILB arrived on the scene at 11.25am and immediately administered glucose gel to the elderly man whose condition then began to improve.

In the interests of the man’s safety an Ambulance was requested to meet the ILB with both men on board at Leysdown where on arrival both men were passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard and a Kent Ambulance crew.

The Sheerness ILB, along with the Whitstable lifeboat crew who had launched to assist in refloating the casualty craft returned to Warden Point where it was found that the vessel was close to sinking and so the decision was made to drag it further ashore and make it secure with an anchor and ropes.

Having done this the crew then removed a quantity of debris from the boat which was then put safely ashore.

With little more that could be done both lifeboats returned to their respective stations.

The Sheerness ILB was back on station at 1.25pm


Media contacts:

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

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

The sorry looking cabin cruiser after having been grounded at Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey

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The casuaty craft

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