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Byline: The volunteer crews of the Sheerness lifeboats were called out five times in three days to a variety of incidents.
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The inshore lifeboat (ILB) Eleanor was launched at 12.41pm on Friday 25 September to reports of a boat making water whilst on a mooring off Gillingham in the River Medway. The ILB and a Kent Police patrol boat arrived on scene and were informed by the two occupants of the boat that they had no emergency pump on board. The police returned to Sheerness to collect a portable salvage pump from the all weather lifeboat (ALB).
 
On their return, the water was pumped out of the boat but the owner had refused a tow into the Marina where it could have been lifted from the water. The ILB and the police were then released and left the scene. The ILB returned to station at 3.15pm.
 
On Saturday 26 September the Sheerness ILB launched again at 1.55pm to assist a 23 foot fishing boat with two people on board that had damaged it’s propeller in a position North of the Montgomery wreck. The ILB located the craft and took it in tow in the direction of Southend.
 
The Southend lifeboat was already out on service elsewhere but eventually took over the tow from the Sheerness crew and at the same time handed over an abandoned skiff to the ILB which they then towed back to Sheerness.
 
Whilst all this this was going on, the Sheerness ALB The George and Ivy Swanson was called out to a 10 metre motor cruiser with engine failure in Saltpan Reach in the River Medway. The cruiser was located and towed to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour. The occupants were then landed ashore.
 
Both of the Llfeboats returned to station and were ready for service again by 4.15pm.
 
The ALB was again in action when it was launched at 2.17am on Monday 28 September to a 50ft tug boat with two people on board that had suffered engine failure off Gashouse Point, Rochester. The lifeboat was stood down shortly after launching as the boat had regained power.
 
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘This was not the best time to get called out but at least the crew got to see the ‘lunar eclipse’.
 
The ILB was launched later the same morning at 8.17am to a person trapped in the mud at Gillingham. The ILB crew were on the scene at 8.37am along with the Coastguard rescue team and the Kent Fire Service specialist rescue team. The Southend RNLI Hovercraft had been called and was proceeding to the scene. The male person was safely rescued from the mud by the Kent Fire Service team. The Hovercraft then assisted in recovering the rescue equipment whilst the ILB crew stood by to assist. All units were then stood down and the ILB returned to station at 10.15am.
 
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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 volunteer crews of the Sheerness lifeboats were called out five times in three days to a variety of incidents.
Page Content:

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) Eleanor was launched at 12.41pm on Friday 25 September to reports of a boat making water whilst on a mooring off Gillingham in the River Medway. The ILB and a Kent Police patrol boat arrived on scene and were informed by the two occupants of the boat that they had no emergency pump on board. The police returned to Sheerness to collect a portable salvage pump from the all weather lifeboat (ALB).
 
On their return, the water was pumped out of the boat but the owner had refused a tow into the Marina where it could have been lifted from the water. The ILB and the police were then released and left the scene. The ILB returned to station at 3.15pm.
 
On Saturday 26 September the Sheerness ILB launched again at 1.55pm to assist a 23 foot fishing boat with two people on board that had damaged it’s propeller in a position North of the Montgomery wreck. The ILB located the craft and took it in tow in the direction of Southend.
 
The Southend lifeboat was already out on service elsewhere but eventually took over the tow from the Sheerness crew and at the same time handed over an abandoned skiff to the ILB which they then towed back to Sheerness.
 
Whilst all this this was going on, the Sheerness ALB The George and Ivy Swanson was called out to a 10 metre motor cruiser with engine failure in Saltpan Reach in the River Medway. The cruiser was located and towed to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour. The occupants were then landed ashore.
 
Both of the Llfeboats returned to station and were ready for service again by 4.15pm.
 
The ALB was again in action when it was launched at 2.17am on Monday 28 September to a 50ft tug boat with two people on board that had suffered engine failure off Gashouse Point, Rochester. The lifeboat was stood down shortly after launching as the boat had regained power.
 
Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: 'This was not the best time to get called out but at least the crew got to see the ‘lunar eclipse’.
 
The ILB was launched later the same morning at 8.17am to a person trapped in the mud at Gillingham. The ILB crew were on the scene at 8.37am along with the Coastguard rescue team and the Kent Fire Service specialist rescue team. The Southend RNLI Hovercraft had been called and was proceeding to the scene. The male person was safely rescued from the mud by the Kent Fire Service team. The Hovercraft then assisted in recovering the rescue equipment whilst the ILB crew stood by to assist. All units were then stood down and the ILB returned to station at 10.15am.
 
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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