Man taken to safety by Sheerness RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A man suffering from a severe panic attack was removed from a yacht in the River Medway by the Sheerness lifeboat

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 11.41pm on Saturday 26 May after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 65-year-old man was in distress aboard a 24-foot sailing vessel moored close to Upnor in the River Medway.

The lifeboat located the casualty at 0.06am and found the man to be suffering a major panic attack and with concerns for his wellbeing the decision was made to remove him and the other person on board to a place of safety ashore.

Having taken both men off the vessel they were landed ashore at the public slipway close to Chatham dockyard and having ascertained that the man was going to be ok

the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station where it was ready for service again at 1.14am.

Weather conditions at the time were good with Easterly winds force 3 and calm seas.


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