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Yacht towed from a dangerous situation by Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht with two people on board and overwhelmed by wind and tide was towed clear from the path of a huge bulk car carrier.

The casualty craft being towed to safety by the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat 'Judith Copping Joyce'

RNLI/Vic Booth

Towed to safety.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ launched at 7.10pm on Sunday 23 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 27' yacht in difficulties in the Medway Estuary.

The yacht with two people onboard was on passage from Maldon in Essex to Hoo Marina when it became overwhelmed by the strong South Westerly wind and strong ebb tide in the area at the time.

Having only a tiny outboard engine as back-up the craft was struggling to get round Harrison Point and was in a dangerous situation in the middle of the shipping channel just as a large car carrier had left Sheerness Docks in the same area.

Making best speed the lifeboat quickly located the casualty and took it in tow and moved it across to West Shore, clearing the channel for the car carrier to depart the Estuary.

With the danger averted the yacht was then towed to Queenborough Harbour and made fast on all-tide landing at 8.10pm.

The ALB was back on station and ready for further service at 8.30pm.

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