Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew assist a leaking motor cruiser
The Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was called out to a motor cruiser taking on water in the Medway estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat launched at 5.28pm on Saturday 5 May after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 50 foot motor cruiser ‘Time Out’ with two men on board was making water in its engine compartment in the Medway estuary somewhere upstream of Garrison Point.
Whilst on route to locate the casualty further information was received that it was now under tow from another craft called ‘Marlin’.
The lifeboat quickly located the two vessels in the area of Kingsnorth and having put a portable pump onboard, the flooded engine compartment on the casualty craft was pumped dry.
The ALB took over the tow and eventually, safely secured the craft in the lock at Gillingham Marina.
The ALB was back on station at 6.56pm.
Wind easterly force 2 to 3.
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