Sheerness RNLI lifeboat launched to rescue a drifting yacht

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The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out in the early hours of the morning to tow a yacht that was drifting and in danger of running aground

The drifting yacht shortly before being rescued.

RNLI/Nigel Budden

drifting yacht

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2.35am on Sunday 23 June to a 21foot yacht with two people onboard that had dragged its anchor and was in danger of running aground on Jacobs Bank close to Sheerness seafront.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2.38am, a crew member transferred to the casualty and attached a towline. The craft was then towed to the safety of the all tide landing in Queenborough Harbour where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting.

The vessel was secured at 3.30am, the lifeboat was released and back on station ready for service at 3.55am.

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