RNLI lifeboat launched to an angling boat in difficulties off Sheerness.
Sheerness RNLI lifeboat launched to an angling boat which had broken down and had a diabetic passenger without any medication on board.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 3.15pm on Friday 6 March after being tasked to a 33 foot angling boat ’Braveheart’, with a man and a lady on board,which had broken down with electrical failure and was at anchor near to the Spile Buoy off the Isle of Sheppey. The lady passenger was reported to be diabetic and had no medication with her having not anticipated being at sea for such a length of time.
Making best speed the lifeboat located the casualty on Spile Bank and placed a crew member onboard who assisted in recovering the anchor and attaching a towline to enable the craft to be towed to the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was secured at 5.15pm.
The ALB was back on station at 5.25pm. Wind NW f 3-4
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.