Sheerness RNLI launch on consecutive days at the start of the New Year

Lifeboats News Release

Both Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were called out to separate incidents in the first two days of 2021.

The soon to be replaced Sheerness Trent class all-weather lifeboat 'The George and Ivy Swanson'

RNLI/Vic Booth

A ray of sunshine

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 10.03am on Friday 1 January after being called by the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agenncy incident on the River Medway at Rochester. With the incident resolved the lifeboat returned to station at 11.04am and after cleaning and re-fuelling was ready for service again at 11.25am.

Wind WSW force 1-2 with smoothe seas and moderate visibility.

The all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 11.02am on the 2 January after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 27 foot yacht with three people onboard was drifting dangerously close to the Montgomery wreck at the mouth of the Medway Estuary.

The lifeboat was on the scene at 11.09am and after checking that the people onboard the casualty were ok a tow was established to move the yacht to safety.

With the yacht having come from a mooring in Southend a call was made to the Southend RNLI lifeboat to respond and take over the tow from the Sheerness crew.

The casualty was passed into the care of the Southend lifeboat at 12.15pm.

Having arrived back on station at 12.30 pm the ALB was ready for further service at 1.00pm

Wind NNW force 1-2 with calm seas and fair visibility.

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