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Belgian yacht towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat towed a Belgian yacht with engine failure back to Queenborough Harbour

The Belgian yacht Sealord with engine problems is towed back to Queenborough Harbour

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Sealord under tow

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson were called by the UK Coastguard at 6.11pm on Thursday 25th May to assist a 14mtr Belgian yacht called 'Sealord' with six German male crew members on board. The craft suffering from engine problems reported its position as close to No.7 Sea Reach buoy travelling eastwards. The ALB quickly located the casualty in the area of the No.5 Sea Reach buoy and a tow line was secured. The craft and its crew, who were all reported as being ok. were towed back to the safety of Queenborough Harbour which was their planned destination after leaving St.Katherines Dock,London earlier in the day. The ALB was back on station at 8.15pm

Prior to this call the inshore lifeboat crew had been called by the UK Coastguard at 5.29pm the same evening to reports of two people trapped in mud off Beach Street, Sheerness.

The crew were stood down at 5.37pm before they had launched as the call could not be substantiated


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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 /

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07786668825

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
Belgian yacht Sealord safely back in harbour

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Safely in harbour

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