Jul 26

Young-swimmers-cause-alarm

Byline: Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was called out by Sheppey Coastguards after concern rose for the safety of a group of young swimmers.
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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 5.34pm on Monday 20 July by the Sheppey Coastguard, who were concerned for the safety of a group of 11 children who had swum out to one of the buttresses on the new Sheppey Crossing.


The lifeboat crew were stood down at 5.41pm as the children had fortunately come ashore without injuries and were with the coastguard unit.


Sheerness lifeboat press officer Vic Booth said: 'Although this incident ended without any serious consequences, it could so easily have gone the other way and lives could have been lost. Now that the summer holidays are with us, Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station would like to remind everybody of the dangers that exist around the Sheppey coast. Please enjoy the great facilities around our coastline but always be aware of the dangers that exist. The RNLI has just launched its Respect The Water campaign for 2015 and full details can be found here.


'Have fun but stay safe and whenever possible use the beaches where we have RNLI lifeguards in place, they are there for your safety.’

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Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 0 at1795 880544 / vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       


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