Sheerness RNLI volunteers launch to struggling yacht with two on board

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat 'The George and Ivy Swanson' was tasked at 5:47pm on Monday 27 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of A 10m yacht with two people on board that was struggling against strong SW winds and an ebbing tide North East of Garrison Point, Thames Estuary.

The yacht is taken under tow.

RNLI/Steve Elliot

The yacht is taken under tow.

Launching at 6:05pm with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene approximately 15 minutes later. At 6.22pm a tow was commenced to the All-Tide-Landing at Queenborough where the casualty vessel was secured safely alongside just over an hour later at 7:25pm.

The ALB was released and arrived back on station at 7:37pm and was ready for further service at 7:45pm.

Weather - part cloudy, Wind SW gusting 32Knots F7 , sea state slight , visibility good.

RNLI Media contacts:

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

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 [email protected]

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

The yacht under tow from the Sheerness lifeboat.

RNLI/Steve Elliot

The yacht under tow from the Sheerness lifeboat.

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