Lifeboat launched to rescue a man in a small dinghy
Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was launched after a man in a small inflatable dinghy got into trouble off Minster Leas on the Isle of Sheppey
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 6.23pm on Tuesday 19 June after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a man in a very small inflatable dinghy was in trouble off The Leas at Minster.
Making best speed to the area the lifeboat crew found the casualty approximately half a mile offshore and drifting further out to sea after the engine on his tiny inflatable dinghy had failed and he was unable to row against the fresh south westerly breeze.
The man was taken onboard the lifeboat and with his craft under tow he was landed at the Shingle Bank, Minster where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to offer some strong words relating to safety at sea.
The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 7.30pm.
Wind SW force four to five.
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