Lifeboat called to assist a cruiser entangled in crab pot lines

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was launched to assist a pleasure cruiser which was stuck fast after crab pot lines fouled its propellers

Efforts being made to cut the 'Ellie May' free from its predicament

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The Sheerness ALB alongside the casualty

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 5.32pm on Saturday 12 May after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 28-foot pleasure cruiser, the ‘Ellie May’, with two men onboard was disabled and at anchor just south of the Red Sands Towers.

The craft had fouled its propellers in the lines from a string of pots and was being held fast to the sea bed.

The ALB arrived on the scene at 6.07pm and crew members managed to cut the lines and free the casualty from its predicament, but with rope still entangling the propellers the craft was safely under tow at 6.22pm and taken to the Lower Camber in Sheerness docks where further attempts were unsuccessfully made to free the fouled propellers.

The craft was moored in the Camber overnight with the owner having made his own arrangements to have it towed back to Gillingham the following day.

The ALB was back on its mooring at 8.37pm.


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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07785296252

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

The 'Ellie May' safely under tow with the Red Sands Towers off the Kent coast in the background.

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Safely under tow
A view of the Red Sands Towers from the ALB

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The Red Sands Towers

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