View as PDF

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat assist a lone sailor who had lost his bearings

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was called to look for a cabin cruiser lost somewhere in the Medway estuary

After an emergency call, believed to be from a friend, the volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat (ALB), George and Ivy Swanson, launched at 5.23pm on Thursday 18 August to look for a 35’ cabin cruiser, Out of the Blue.

The report said that the vessel was believed to be somewhere in the area of Burntwick Island in the Medway Estuary but the exact location could not be given as the lone male on board was unsure of his whereabouts after having set off from the Medway Bridge Marina some time earlier.

After launching the ALB proceeded up river to search for the vessel and whilst doing so received more information that the casualty was possibly near to Garrison Point at the mouth of the river.

Having turned around the ALB crew sighted the vessel off Garrison Point  and came alongside it at 5.32pm.

The man on board explained that he was heading for France but had lost his bearings about an hour earlier.

Following some words of persuasion from the crew the casualty decided that in the interests of his safety it would be best if the ALB escorted him back to Queenborough Harbour.

Having arrived in Queenborough at 6.04 pm the casualty was met by the Sheppey Coastguards who were on hand to give him some further safety advice.

The ALB was back on station at 6.28pm

RNLI media contacts

Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544   vic.booth111@btinternet.com / vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

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

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

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

Categories