A ‘big’ job for the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ launched to tow a 72 ton charter vessel after it had suffered machinery failure off the Kent Coast.

The Sheerness Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat 'Judith Copping Joyce' with her largest and heaviest rescue to date in the form of a 72-tonne charter vessel in tow.

RNLI/Vic Booth

Pulling Power
The Sheerness all-weather lifeboat launched with a crew of six at 2.00pm on Monday 12 June 2023 after being called by the UK Coastguard to a 19-meter, 72-ton charter vessel with two crew and six passengers onboard.

The vessel had suffered a major machinery failure and was located at anchor near to the East Cant Buoy, which is approximately 6 NM from the lifeboat station.

The ALB arrived on the scene at 2.30pm and a crew member was put onboard the casualty craft to secure a towline resulting in the craft being under tow at 2.40pm.

The casualty was towed to the all-tide landing in Queenborough Harbour where it was secured at 4.20pm.

This was the largest vessel that the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat has towed since coming on station and proved the capabilities of the Shannon Class lifeboats when such a job arises.

The ALB was back on station and ready for further service at 5.00pm

Wind E f2, calm seas with moderate visibility.

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