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Yachting family towed to safety by the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A family of four were towed to safety after getting into difficulties in the Medway estuary

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were called by the UK Coastguard on Thursday 17 August to reports of a yacht in difficulty in the River Medway.

The 27 foot yacht ‘Krista’ with a family of four on board had got in to difficulties after being unable to make headway against the fresh South Westerly wind in the estuary at the time and their problems were made worse when the crafts engine failed leaving the yacht drifting.

The ALB launched at 7.57pm and immediately established communications with the yacht which initial reports stated was approximately two miles from Kingsnorth in the Medway.

The yacht was actually drifting in the busy Medway Approach Channel close to the No 5 Channel Buoy when the ALB arrived on the scene at 8.20pm

The family consisting of mum and dad and their two boys (age 16 and 9 years) were understandably upset by their experience with the boys being particularly frightened, so a lifeboat crew member was placed on the yacht and mum and the two boys were taken onboard the ALB.

A tow was established at 8.25pm and the craft was then towed to the safety of Queenborough Harbour where it was secured at 9.07pm much to the relief of the family.

The ALB was back on station at 9.15pm


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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

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

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