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An early start for the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was called out after reports of a man in the water at Chatham

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 4.48am on Tuesday 27 June after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that they had been informed by Kent Police that a man was in the water between Sun Pier and Chatham.

The call also informed that the man was believed to be possibly dangerous and was attempting to evade the Police.

Along with the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew the Kent Fire and Rescue launch plus the Medway Coastguard Rescue unit and the Kent police helicopter were involved in the search

The ILB was on the scene at 5.16am and were instructed to stand off and await further instructions as it was now reported that the person was believed to be ashore in the Royal Engineers compound where a Police team were on board a yacht.

At 5.33am it was confirmed that the shore units had a man in custody and that the ILB could stand down.

The ILB returned to station at 6.26am


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