Man removed to safety from a yacht aground in the River Medway

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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat launched to a yacht with one person onboard that was aground and listing badly in the Medway estuary.

The yacht owner rowed across to the ALB and was then taken to safety in Queenborough Harbour

RNLI/Vic Booth

High and nearly dry

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI relief fleet all weather lifeboat ‘Forward Birmingham’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Monday 15 April to a yacht that was aground and listing badly at the entrance to Sharfleet Creek in the River Medway.

The ALB launched at 1.50pm and located the casualty with one man on board at 2.05pm.

Due to the lack of water the man rowed his tender across to the lifeboat and once safely onboard he was taken to the all-tide landing in Queenborough harbour and passed to the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team.

The ALB returned to station at 3.15pm.Wind Easterly blowing 20knots with good visibility.

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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

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