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A long day for the crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched in the early hours of the morning on Monday 17 January to a 60 foot Dutch Barge in difficulties in the Thames Estuary.

13-38 Judith Copping Joyce being lifted out of the water for routine maintenance.

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Up she goes

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat Judith Copping Joyce launched with a crew of six at 4.59am on Monday 17 January 2022 after being tasked to a 60-foot Dutch Barge, with two men onboard, that had suffered machinery failure.

The casualty was found drifting in the area of ‘The Warps’, which is close to the North Oaze Buoy in the very busy Thames Estuary. Having made contact with the men onboard, who both reported being OK, a tow line was attached and the casualty craft was towed to the safety of Queenborough Harbour and made secure on the all-tide landing at 8.30am.

Having left Queenborough Harbour the lifeboat then proceeded up river to Gillingham Marina where she was booked in for her first routine six monthly ‘haul out’ for hull, turbo outlet cleaning and general inspection since arriving on station.

With cleaning and maintenance completed the ALB returned to station at 4.17pm.

13-38 safely on dry land and work has begun.

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Ready for cleaning
Mirror calm conditions as 13-38 heads upriver to Gillingham Marina

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A perfect day
13-38 heading back to station with all systems working well.

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All clean and working well.

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