Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to a drifting dinghy
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched to a dinghy with two people on board drifting in the Medway estuary.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were called by the UK Coastguard at 10.14pm on Monday 3 July to reports of a small rubber dinghy with a man and a woman on board that had suffered engine failure whilst returning to shore from a yacht.
The precise location of the dinghy was difficult to establish due to the fact that the only method of communication with the casualty was by mobile phone.
Having made contact with the dinghy the ILB crew located the tiny craft close inshore north of the Kingsnorth jetty and after establishing that both occupants were okay they were taken on board the ILB and along with their dinghy were taken to Gillingham Pier and landed safely ashore.
The ILB was back on station at 0.05 am.
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