Lifeboat launched after a reported sighting of a drifting canoe

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat launched in rough seas after a canoe was reported drifting eight miles off Sheppey

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 11.05 am on Friday 8 December after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a small canoe had been seen adrift in the area of the Oaze Buoy, some eight nautical miles from the lifeboat station in the Thames estuary.

Having made best speed to the area in rough seas with the wind blowing WNW force 7 the ALB carried out two extensive search patterns but found nothing untoward.

With no further information available the ALB was stood down at 1.30pm, arriving back on station at 1.50pm and was ready for service after refuelling and cleaning at 2.37pm


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