Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew rescue ‘swamped’ craft in the Medway Estuary.
Two men were rescued after their newly acquired craft was swamped by a wave.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 1.39pm on Tuesday 28 February after a call from the UK Coastguard stated that a six metre rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) with two men on board was in trouble in the Medway.
The men were actually out in the craft for the first time when they were swamped by a wave which caused total electrical and engine failure.
The lifeboat crew located the casualty close to the Kingsnorth Power Station jetty in the Medway Estuary at 2.03pm and after checking that the two occupants were ok the craft was towed to the all tide landing in Queenborough Harbour.
The ILB returned to station at 3.07pm.
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