Two anglers rescued by RNLI Lifeboat crew

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A small craft with two anglers on board was towed to safety by the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat early on Sunday 23 January after it began taking on water.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 6.44am on Sunday 23 January to respond to reports of a 12' fishing boat with two men onboard that reportedly had a fouled propeller and was taking on water in the vicinity of no.18 Buoy on the River Medway, opposite the Strand, Gillingham.

Launching at 6.58am with a crew of three, and making best speed, the lifeboat was on scene at 7.19am and immediately located the casualty craft, which was taken in tow at 7.30am. to the launching ramp at The Strand, where it was safely secured and a rope which had become wrapped around its propeller was removed.

The Lifeboat was released at 8.28am, returned to station at 8.45am and after refuelling and cleaning was ready for service again at 9.00am

Weather Wind SW ,light airs, sea state calm, visibility fair..

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