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A busy morning for the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness lifeboats had just launched on exercise on the morning of Sunday 1 October when they were tasked to the first of three separate callouts in quick succession.

The stranded yacht sitting at a precarious angle after having run aground on the Spring Tide.

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High and Dry

On Sunday 1 October at 11.00am both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats had launched on exercise when they were tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a motor cruiser that was suffering mechanical issues and drifting close to number 1 Jetty on the Isle of Grain. The inshore lifeboat with a crew of three was first on the scene and requested the all-weather lifeboat with its crew of six to attend and take the casualty under tow.

Once on scene the ALB established the tow and proceeded upriver to Gillingham Reach where the casualty was safely secured to a buoy.

Whilst the ALB was engaged on this incident another call came through for the crew to assist a yacht with two people and a dog onboard that was hard aground with its bow actually up on the salting’s in Stangate Creek in the Medway Estuary and reported to be taking on water at the stern.

Making best speed the inshore lifeboat arrived on scene and immediately took the two people and the dog off the yacht, from where they were taken and transferred to the all-weather lifeboat, which had returned up-river from the first call.

The two people plus their little dog Luna from were taken back to the boathouse and made comfortable and make arrangements to be picked up.

No sooner was this job completed than both crews were then tasked to another yacht in trouble, again in Stangate Creek, with reports that its anchor chain was fouled around the crafts keel.

With both boats on the scene and some skilful boat handling by the ALB crew the anchor chain was cleared and the yacht was able to proceed with no further problems.

All three incidents occurred around the same time and both lifeboats were back on station and ready for further service at 3.40pm.

The yacht that was aground ended up mainly submerged and the owner is reported to be making his own arrangements for recovery.

Wind SW4, good visibility and a high Spring flood tide.

The casualty craft, fortunately with its occupants now safe, on the incoming Spring flood tide.

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Almost totally submerged
Luna, the little dog now safe along with her owners.

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A new crew member ?
Inshore lifeboat crew members Jack, Luke and Josh with Luna.

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Luna with her rescuers.

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