Safety advice given to people rescued by Sheerness RNLI lifeboat
The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to rescue four people in a small open boat
The Sheerness RNLI duty launching authority received a call from the UK Coastguard at 10.30am on Friday 30 March reporting that an open motorboat with four people on board, two adults and two girls aged 17 and 15 years, was aground between the Grain Outfall and the Martello Tower.
With the casualty visible from the boat house the decision was taken to call the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat.
The ILB launched at 10.50am and was on the scene at 10.55am.
A tow line was attached and the craft, which had also lost rudder, was towed back to the Queenborough all tide landing where it was secured at 11.24am.
Before returning to station the lifeboat crew gave the four people, who were from Yorkshire, some very strong safety advice as to the dangers of going to sea without making full safety checks and having the correct equipment on board their craft.
The four had gone afloat with no lifejackets, charts or radio and were not suitably dressed for the conditions at sea.
The ILB returned to station at 11.40 am. Wind NE force 3-4
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