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Another busy weekend for the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness lifeboats were called out over the weekend to separate incidents

The casualty craft in the lee of the Redsands Towers off the Kent coast.

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Casualty located.

The inshore lifeboat crew launched at 10.36pm on Saturday 17 June after being paged by the UK Coastguard to reports of red flares being seen in the Stoke area of the River Medway. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11.00pm,nothing untoward was found other than a group of people enjoying a bonfire and fireworks on the shoreline.

The ILB was stood down but immediately re-tasked to check on reports of a large number of people on Grain Tower with concerns from Kent Police and the UK Coastguard as to their safety.

Having arrived at the tower the crew established that there were actually 69 people partying in and on the tower. All said that they were ok. The crew obtained a phone number from one of the people there, which was then forwarded to Kent Police.

The ILB was stood down at 11.37pm, and was ready for further service 00.50am

The all-weather lifeboat had been out on exercise on Sunday 18 June and had just returned to station when a request was made from the UK Coastguard for the lifeboat to assist a motor cruiser with 10 people onboard that had suffered machinery failure and was drifting close to the Red Sand Towers.

With the crew of six still onboard the lifeboat launched 1.30pm on was on scene 2.05pm where they found the casualty, now at anchor directly below one of the towers.

For safety, all the passengers were taken onboard the lifeboat and the casualty craft was under tow at 2.15pm

Southend lifeboat had been requested to launch to take over the tow, which it did at 4.00pm.

The Sheerness lifeboat then continued to Southend Pier where the passengers were landed safely.

For crew member Rachel this was her first shout as a qualified navigator and for new crew member Ric it was his first shout since joining the crew.

Well done to you both.

With the casualty craft in tow and all its passengers safely onboard the lifeboat.

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Safely under tow.

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