Four people taken to safety by the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to remove four people who were stranded on Grain Tower in the Medway Estuary

'Buster' leaving the station for the short trip across the estuary to Grain Tower to remove the four stranded men.

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Sheerness RNLI 'D' class 'Buster'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Buster' launched at 6.52am on Saturday 22 June after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports that four people were stranded on Grain Tower and had been out there all night.
The ILB was on the scene at 6.55am and due to the tide conditions the four young men made their way across the mud to the lifeboat and were helped onboard.
All four, who were unharmed apart from being very cold, were then taken to the all tide landing at Queenborough and passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ILB was back on station at 7.28am. Wind SSE 3.


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

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. 07786668825

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Looking from the boathouse the Grain Martello Tower can be seen across the estuary with the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat 'The George and Ivy Swanson' in the foreground returning to station

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View from the Sheerness boathouse

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