100th shout of the year for Sheerness RNLI volunteers
The Sheerness lifeboat crew have just responded to their 100th call for help following reports that a missing person may have entered the water at Chatham.
The volunteer crew of the station's inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 3.13pm on Wednesday 6 December after a call from the UK Coastguard stated that a vulnerable man had been reported as missing in the area of Sun Pier, Chatham, and it was thought he may have entered the water.
The ILB was on the scene at 3.42pm and along with shore based teams from the Medway and Sheppey Coastguard, plus a team from Kent Police, a thorough search of the area from Gashouse Point down to St Marys Island was carried out.
With nothing untoward being found and with no further information having been given, the ILB was stood down at 5.09pm and arrived back on station at 5.48pm
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.