Sheerness RNLI lifeboat responds to a ‘Mayday’ call.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched after a small craft put out a call for help.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 10.56pm on Tuesday 4 July after a ‘Mayday’ call was received from a 5.5mtr craft ‘Quick Silver’ with one man on board.

The man reported that his outboard motor had failed in the area of the West Cant buoy which is just east of Garrison Point on the Isle of Sheppey.

The ILB located the craft at anchor at 10.59pm and after establishing a tow line the craft was towed back to its mooring at the Kingsferry Bridge.

The ILB was back on station at 00.39am.

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