Perfect timing by the Sheerness lifeboat crew
On passage back to station the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat received a PanPan call from a vessel in trouble.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat, The George and Ivy Swanson, were heading back to the lifeboat station from Gillingham Marina, where the lifeboat had been visiting for routine maintenance, when a PanPan call was received at 1.38pm from the motor cruiser Sukat reporting that the craft had run aground on Bishops Marsh and lost all propulsion.
The casualty with four people onboard was found within five minutes of the lifeboat receiving the call and with a tow line attached was then taken to Gillingham Marina where it was handed over to the marina workboat.
The lifeboat was back on station at 2.38pm. Wind Easterly force 4 to 5
Note ; A PanPan call is the international standard urgency signal used to declare an urgent situation that at the present time does not pose immediate danger to life or the vessel involved and is distinct from a Mayday call which means imminent danger to life or the vessel and calls upon all in the area to drop what they are doing and begin an immediate rescue.
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