Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to a craft drifting in the River Medway
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called to a vessel adrift in the river at Rochester
The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ was launched at 10.59 am on Monday 2 January 2017 after a call from the UK Coastguard reporting that a vessel had been spotted drifting dangerously in Limehouse Reach, Rochester and It had not been possible to establish if there was anybody on the craft.
The lifeboat crew located the vessel at 11.27pm and it was quickly established that the vessel was empty and appeared to have broken free from a mooring somewhere in the area.
A line was attached and the vessel was towed to Sun Pier,Chatham where it was made secure and then handed over to the Medway Coastguard team.
The lifeboat was back on station at 12.43pm
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