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Lifeboat launched to search for kayaker

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The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to search for a female kayaker reported missing in the River Medway.

The Sheerness 'D' class inshore lifeboat 'Buster' .

RNLI/Vic Booth

'Buster'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2:28pm on Tuesday 21 May in response to reports of a missing female kayaker in the River Medway in the area of Gillingham Reach. Having made best speed, the Lifeboat arrived on scene at 3:05pm and commenced a search of the South side of the river between Gillingham Marina & St Mary’s Island. The workboat from Gillingham Marina was also assisting and at 3.20pm informed the Lifeboat that they had found the casualty and taken her onboard. She was then transferred to the Lifeboat and transported to Gillingham Pier along with her kayak and passed into the care of the waiting Medway Coastguard Rescue Team. The Lifeboat was released at 3:30pm, returned to station at 4:05pm, re-fuelled and made ready for service. Wind F3 North Westerly, visibility good, Sea state slight.

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

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk 07786668825

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