Two RNLI Lifeboat stations involved with a vessel in trouble in the Thames Estua

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness and Southend RNLI Lifeboats were called out to a craft that was leaking and also suffering mechanical problems off the Essex coast.

Trent Class 14-13 returning to station in Sheerness Docks.

RNLI/Vic Booth

'The George and Ivy Swanson'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 9.55pm on Thursday 8 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist the Southend RNLI lifeboat who had been called out to a 30 foot steel cruiser, with three people onboard, that was leaking and had mechanical problems.

The Southend lifeboat was located west of the South Shoebury buoy some five miles from Garrison Point and had the casualty craft under tow when the Sheerness lifeboat arrived on the scene at 10.15pm.

The towline was transferred to the bigger Sheerness lifeboat and a crew member was put onboard the casualty with assistance from the Southend lifeboat.

The tow commenced at 10.27pm heading for the Queenborough all tide landing where the craft was made secure at midnight and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance.

Wind SE3,sea state smooth with good visibility.


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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 [email protected]

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. [email protected] 07785296252

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