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Lifeboat crew stand by in a late-night incident

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness inshore lifeboat called after a female was in danger, having entered the water at Gillingham.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 10.56pm on Monday 4 December to a call from the UK Coastguard reporting that a distressed and vulnerable female was in the water on a mud bank close to the wall of Gillingham Marina at The Strand.

With the tide rising quickly the ILB crew made best speed to the scene where they arrived at 11.14pm and were requested to stand off whilst a Kent Police crew attempted to calm the person and persuade her to come ashore.

Teams from the Kent Fire and Rescue service and the Medway Coastguard unit were also on shore at the scene.

With the lady safely back on the shore the ILB crew were released at 11.31pm and were back on station at 11.55pm.

Weather conditions were good with wind Westerly force 3.

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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

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