Sheerness-lifeboat-crews-in-dramatic-rescue-of-three-men-on-a-jet–ski

Byline: Both Sheerness inshore lifeboat and the all weather lifeboat were involved in a major search for three jet skiers missing off the Isle of Sheppey late in the evening of Thursday 15 August.
Page Content: The three male jet skiers had made a 999 call to Thames coastguard saying they had broken down on their 8 foot long craft somewhere off the Minster Leas, Thames estuary, but then lost their mobile phone signal to the coastguard

Further 999 calls were then received by the coastguard from concerned family ashore.

The inshore lifeboat was initially tasked at 9.10pm to search for the casualties, and at 9.33pm fired parachute flares to illuminate the area, with Sheppey coastguard also firing flares from the beach, but with no avail.

The ILB continued a search pattern, and the all weather lifeboat was launched at 9.48pm to assist the search, with the RAF search and rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 125’ also making its way.

At 9.56pm ILB had a visual on the casualties and was on scene at 10.00pm.

The three males aged 30, 22, and 16, were taken aboard the ILB, and because of suspected hypothermia transferred to the ALB and taken back to Sheerness lifeboat station to be taken to hospital by the awaiting ambulance crew.

Notes to editors:

The Sheerness lifeboat station was established in 1969 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 235 Lifeboat stations around the shores of Great Britain and Ireland.

The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast.
The station is equipped with a 46ft Trent Class Offshore Lifeboat called “George and Ivy Swanson”, and a IB1 inshore lifeboat called “Eleanor”

RNLI media contacts

Barry Crayford, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
07969659877 / bazcrayford@btinternet.com

Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk

Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07886 668825

For enquiries outside business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.

Byline: Both Sheerness inshore lifeboat and the all weather lifeboat were involved in a major search for three jet skiers missing off the Isle of Sheppey late in the evening of Thursday 15 August.
Page Content: The three male jet skiers had made a 999 call to Thames coastguard saying they had broken down on their 8 foot long craft somewhere off the Minster Leas, Thames estuary, but then lost their mobile phone signal to the coastguard

Further 999 calls were then received by the coastguard from concerned family ashore.

The inshore lifeboat was initially tasked at 9.10pm to search for the casualties, and at 9.33pm fired parachute flares to illuminate the area, with Sheppey coastguard also firing flares from the beach, but with no avail.

The ILB continued a search pattern, and the all weather lifeboat was launched at 9.48pm to assist the search, with the RAF search and rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 125’ also making its way.

At 9.56pm ILB had a visual on the casualties and was on scene at 10.00pm.

The three males aged 30, 22, and 16, were taken aboard the ILB, and because of suspected hypothermia transferred to the ALB and taken back to Sheerness lifeboat station to be taken to hospital by the awaiting ambulance crew.










Notes to editors:

The Sheerness lifeboat station was established in 1969 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 235 Lifeboat stations around the shores of Great Britain and Ireland.

The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast.
The station is equipped with a 46ft Trent Class Offshore Lifeboat called “George and Ivy Swanson”, and a IB1 inshore lifeboat called “Eleanor”


RNLI media contacts

Barry Crayford, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
07969659877 / bazcrayford@btinternet.com

Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk

Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07886 668825

For enquiries outside business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.