Lifeboat launched to rescue jet-skiers

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to recover a jet ski with two men onboard after it ran aground in The Swale.

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

RNLI/Vic Booth

'Buster'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 1.18pm on Sunday 26 May 2019 to a jet ski with two men onboard that had broken down and was aground in Horse Reach in the Swale.

The ILB located the casualty at 1.30pm and both the men reported that they were ok. A towline was attached to the craft, which with its occupants onboard, was towed to The Causeway in Queenborough Harbour where a SECAMB ambulance crew and a Kent Fire and Rescue team were waiting.

The ILB returned to station at 2.23pm, wind SW 4/5

(note: SECAMB and Kent Fire and Rescue were alerted as the initial call was reportedly made to 101 which is the Police non-emergency number)

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ’anyone who regularly goes out on the water around our coastline should definitely be in possession of one of the RNLI Respect the Water campaign waterproof mobile phone pouches and emergency phone number key rings. Both items are freebies and locally are available from The Admirals Arm micro-pub or the All-Tide landing, both in Queenborough’

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