Lifeboat launched to a small craft in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat launched to recover a small craft and its lone occupant to safety.

Both Sheerness lifeboats alongside the all tide landing in Queenborough Harbour

RNLI/Vic Booth

Sheerness RNLI lifeboats

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Thursday 4 April to a 20-foot motorboat that was in difficulties in the River Medway. Due to the prevailing weather conditions the decision was made to launch the all-weather lifeboat.

The ALB launched at 1.50pm and located the casualty, with one person onboard, drifting in the area of Beeness Jetty in the River Medway. A tow line was established and the craft was towed to the safety of a mooring in Queenborough Harbour. The man onboard was then landed safely ashore at the all tide landing

The small craft had suffered main engine failure believed due to contaminated fuel and a secondary engine had not been powerful enough to propel the craft in the tidal and weather conditions at the time.

The ALB was back on station at 3.07pm.

Wind southerly force 5 to 6.


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