Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to a small fishing boat

Written by on February 4, 2020

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched after a small fishing boat ran aground in The Swale.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched with a crew of three at 6.32pm on 2 February after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports that a small fishing boat with two people onboardhad run aground in The Swale close to the Kingsferry Bridge.

The lifeboat was on the scene at 6.51pm and located the craft high and dry on a mud bank. With no possibility of moving the casualty checks were made to make sure the anchor was out and secure. Once this was established the two men were transferred to the lifeboat and taken a short distance to the Kingsferry pontoon where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.

The ILb was stood down at 7.07 and was back on station at 7.30pm. Wind WSW force 4-5 with good visibility and slight seas.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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