Case-of-mistaken-identity-leads-to-double-rescue

Byline: The RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at Sheerness was initially called to assist a windsurfer in trouble but ended up rescuing two dinghy sailors.
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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 11.18am on Tuesday 25 August to reports of a windsurfer in trouble off the beach at Bartons Point on the Isle of Sheppey.

On route to the scene, the crew of the ILB were advised that it was in fact a sailing dinghy that had capsized and was in trouble, not a windsurfer as first notified.

When the ILB arrived at the scene, the lone occupant of the first sailing dinghy was being assisted by the single occupant of a second sail dinghy and it was established that neither of the dinghies would be able to make it back to shore without assistance.

The ILB took one person on board and towed both dinghies back to shore and safety at the Shingle Bank.
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘Bboth people were okay and not in need of medical attention and the ILB was back on station at 12.25pm’

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Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 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       

Byline: The RNLI's inshore lifeboat at Sheerness was initially called to assist a windsurfer in trouble but ended up rescuing two dinghy sailors.
Page Content:

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 11.18am on Tuesday 25 August to reports of a windsurfer in trouble off the beach at Bartons Point on the Isle of Sheppey.


On route to the scene, the crew of the ILB were advised that it was in fact a sailing dinghy that had capsized and was in trouble, not a windsurfer as first notified.


When the ILB arrived at the scene, the lone occupant of the first sailing dinghy was being assisted by the single occupant of a second sail dinghy and it was established that neither of the dinghies would be able to make it back to shore without assistance.


The ILB took one person on board and towed both dinghies back to shore and safety at the Shingle Bank.
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: 'Bboth people were okay and not in need of medical attention and the ILB was back on station at 12.25pm’

ENDS

Media contacts:
• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 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