Sheerness RNLI lifeboat launched after reports of a person in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched to search for a man believed to have been in the water off The Strand at Gillingham

The Sheerness D class inshore lifeboat 'Buster' on excercise in the Medway estuary

RNLI/Vic Booth

'Buster' on a mission

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ responded at 9.54pm on Saturday 14 October after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a vulnerable man had possibly gone into the water at Gillingham Strand.

The ILB was on the scene at 10.18pm and immediately began a search of the area using night vision equipment and searchlights.

Crews from the Sheppey and Medway Coastguard Rescue Units were also deployed to search from the land along the shoreline.

All crews were stood down at 11.02pm when further reports stated that Kent Police had located the man and that he was safe.

The ILB was back on station at 11.33pm.


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

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