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Two calls in quick succession for the Sheerness RNLI Inshore Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Having been stood down from one call the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew were immediately called to another emergency

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 3.14pm on Sunday 29 January after a call to assist the Kent Police river patrol team after reported sightings of a body in the river near Rochester, however whilst on route the crew were informed that the initial report was unfounded and the object was in fact a large baulk of timber.

Having been stood down from this call at 3.25pm the crew were immediately re-tasked to assist a small vessel that had broken down in the area of Bishop Ooze in the Medway Estuary.

The crew quickly located a small dinghy with two occupants on the north shore of the Nor Marsh.

The two men were taken on board the lifeboat and with their dinghy in tow were taken back to Gillingham Hard where they were landed safely.

The inshore lifeboat returned to station and was ready for duty again at 4.55pm


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