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Angling boat towed to safety by Sheerness RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A small fishing boat with four men on board was towed to safety after its engine failed.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were called by the UK Coastguard at 4.51pm on Monday 9 October to assist a six-meter angling boat that had suffered engine failure and was drifting dangerously close to rocks inside No.5 berth in Sheerness Docks.

The lifeboat crew located the craft named ‘Sea Jay’ at 5.05pm and quickly attached a towline. The craft with its four passengers was then safely towed away from the rocks and back to its mooring in Queenborough creek where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were awaiting their arrival.

Weather conditions were good with the wind blowing SW force 3.

The ILB was back on station at 5.57pm


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

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07786668825

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