Lifeboat launched to assist a yacht in trouble
The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a yacht in difficulties in the River Medway
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ’Buster’ launched at 1.02pm on Sunday 29 April after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a yacht with two people on board was in difficulty off the Strand at Gillingham.
The crew located the 22 foot yacht at 1.39pm with a father and his son onboard who informed that they had lost propulsion due to a fouled propeller and being unable to remove the obstruction had called for assistance.
A tow line was established and the casualty with its crew was towed back to The Strand where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting and made secure.
The ILB was back on station at 3.15pm
A further call was received at 3.41am on Monday 30 April when the all-weather lifeboat ‘the George and Ivy Swanson’ was requested to assist after an incident at the Sheppey Crossing.
The ALB was on the scene at 4.20am and was released at 5.45am arriving back on station at 6.04am
Wind NE blowing 28- 40knots with rough seas.
No further details are available at this time.
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