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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called after fears for a woman’s safety

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness lifeboat was put on standby after concerns were raised for the safety of a woman on the seafront

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were called by the UK Coastguard at 11.44pm after fears for the safety of a distressed and vulnerable woman had been received.

A further message at 11.57 stated that the woman was at the water’s edge in front of the Catholic Church on Sheerness sea front and that a Kent Police team were in attendance and the lifeboat crew were no longer needed.

However with the situation ongoing the ILB crew were paged again at 12.09am to stand by at the boathouse after it was feared the woman could attempt to enter the water.

The Sheerness lifeboat operations manager and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were now in attendance at the scene.

The ILB was eventually stood down at 1.17am when it was confirmed that the lady had been removed from the seafront and was now safe.


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