Keeping it in the family

Lifeboats News Release

A first 'father and son' callout for two of the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat crew.

Proud dad, 2nd Coxswain Clive Hancock with son Reece on their first 'father and son' shout together.

RNLI/Vic Booth

Keeping it in the family.

The Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ launched with a crew of six at 8.40am on Saturday 4 June 2022 after being paged by the UK Coastguard to a ‘pan-pan’ call received from a pleasure cruiser in difficulties in Queenborough Harbour

The casualty craft with three people onboard was reported to be drifting after suffering engine failure due to a fouled propeller.

The lifeboat was on scene at 8.50am and had the casualty under tow at 8.55am and safely secured alongside the Queenborough all-tide landing at 9.20am.

Having secured the casualty and underway back to her mooring the ALB was tasked again by the UK Coastguard to a DSC (Digital Security Control) alarm call, again in the Queenborough Harbour area.

Once back in Queenborough the source of the alert was traced to a catamaran which was on a mooring on the far side of the harbour close to the Coal Washer jetty off Rushenden where the single person onboard was mistakenly pressing the DSC alert whilst trying to change radio frequency channels.

With some help and instruction from the lifeboat crew the problem was solved and the ALB was back on station and ready for service again at 11.00am.

These two ‘shouts’ heralded a very proud moment for our 2nd Coxswain Clive Hancock and his crew member son Reece, it was their first ‘father and son’ launch since Reece became a fully-fledged crew member.

Congratulations to you both.

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