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Byline: The volunteer crews of both the RNLI Sheerness lifeboats were called upon to assist in two separate incidents on Saturday 28 November.
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The first call came at 2.49pm when the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Eleanor’ was called to take over from the Southend RNLI lifeboat which was escorting a 27 ft yacht, the ‘Sandstar’ with three men aged between 16 and 27 years on board. All three were suffering badly from sea sickness due to the very poor weather conditions prevailing in the Thames Estuary.

With the strong south westerly winds blowing against a falling tide the conditions were deemed too rough for the ILB and the decision was made to call out the all weather lifeboat (ALB) crew.

The ALB launched at 3.10pm and met the Southend lifeboat and the yacht with its poorly crew in the area of number six buoy in the Medway approach channel.

Two members of the Sheerness lifeboat crew boarded the yacht and assisted in transferring the three men onto the lifeboat, they then piloted the vessel back to the safety of the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was made secure at 5.10pm.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ’The yacht was sailing from Burnham on Crouch in Essex to a mooring further up the Thames in London when all three crew members became too ill to continue their journey and were more than pleased to reach terra firma,  albeit not in London’

As the ALB was returning to station in Sheerness docks they were called to assist another 27 ft vessel which was also in difficulties out in the estuary, this time approximately seven miles from the lifeboat station off Leysdown in the area of the Spile Buoy.

The stricken vessel ‘Foggy Dew’ with two middle aged male persons on board was overheating and running low on fuel due to having to struggle against the rough seas.

A crew member was transferred from the lifeboat and with some difficulty a tow line was attached.

The casualty vessel which had only been recently purchased was on its way from Wallasea Island in the River Crouch estuary, Essex, to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour.

The vessel was made secure at 7.30 pm and the ALB was ready for service again at 8.15pm.

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       

Byline: The volunteer crews of both the RNLI Sheerness lifeboats were called upon to assist in two separate incidents on Saturday 28 November.
Page Content:

The first call came at 2.49pm when the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Eleanor’ was called to take over from the Southend RNLI lifeboat which was escorting a 27 ft yacht, the ‘Sandstar’ with three men aged between 16 and 27 years on board. All three were suffering badly from sea sickness due to the very poor weather conditions prevailing in the Thames Estuary.

With the strong south westerly winds blowing against a falling tide the conditions were deemed too rough for the ILB and the decision was made to call out the all weather lifeboat (ALB) crew.

The ALB launched at 3.10pm and met the Southend lifeboat and the yacht with its poorly crew in the area of number six buoy in the Medway approach channel.

Two members of the Sheerness lifeboat crew boarded the yacht and assisted in transferring the three men onto the lifeboat, they then piloted the vessel back to the safety of the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was made secure at 5.10pm.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ’The yacht was sailing from Burnham on Crouch in Essex to a mooring further up the Thames in London when all three crew members became too ill to continue their journey and were more than pleased to reach terra firma,  albeit not in London’

As the ALB was returning to station in Sheerness docks they were called to assist another 27 ft vessel which was also in difficulties out in the estuary, this time approximately seven miles from the lifeboat station off Leysdown in the area of the Spile Buoy.

The stricken vessel ‘Foggy Dew’ with two middle aged male persons on board was overheating and running low on fuel due to having to struggle against the rough seas.

A crew member was transferred from the lifeboat and with some difficulty a tow line was attached.

The casualty vessel which had only been recently purchased was on its way from Wallasea Island in the River Crouch estuary, Essex, to a mooring in Queenborough Harbour.

The vessel was made secure at 7.30 pm and the ALB was ready for service again at 8.15pm.

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