Sheerness RNLI lifeboat involved in river search

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched to assist in a search after reports of a person in the water

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 12.30 am on Wednesday 28 March after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a man was believed to have jumped from Rochester Rail Bridge into the River Medway.

With winds blowing westerly force four the ILB made best speed to the scene and commenced a search of the area along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd and shore search teams from the Medway and Sheppey coastguard rescue teams.

A comprehensive search of the area was made and with nothing untoward found the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 0318am and after cleaning and refuelling was ready for service again at 0350am.

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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

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