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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to upturned craft in River Medway

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The Sheerness RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called by the UK Coastguard to reports of an upturned vessel in the River Medway

The crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat, The George and Ivy Swanson, were called and under way at 3.38pm on Thursday 17 November after reports from the UK Coastguard that an upturned craft had been spotted drifting off St.Marys Island in the River Medway.

A unit from the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team were ashore with the upturned craft visible from their position.

A boat from the Royal Engineers Regiment was also in attendance and had managed to get a line on the craft enabling them to tow it to their pontoon in Chatham.

The Sheerness lifeboat was stood down at 3.52pm and was back on station at 4.15pm.

It was later reported that the upturned craft was believed to be a derelict that had broken away from a mooring somewhere in the area during the bad weather conditions at the time.

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