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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew called out in blizzard conditions

Lifeboats News Release

Two men were rescued by the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat after getting in to difficulties in the River Medway.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 4.02pm on Sunday 11 February after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that two men in a small dinghy were in trouble close to Hoo Marina.

The men had been returning to the marina from a yacht which was moored in the river when the outboard motor on their dinghy failed.

With no other means of propulsion and with their dinghy drifting in the poor conditions they put out a call for help.

Making best speed in the worsening weather, with constant driving sleet and snow, the lifeboat crew located the men approximately a quarter of a mile south of Hoo Marina.

The men were taken on board the lifeboat and with their dinghy in tow were landed safely at the marina.

Both men were unharmed and wearing suitable clothing for being out on the water.

The ILB returned to station at 5.14pm.


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

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07785296252

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