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Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat called to a craft in trouble in the Medway Estuary

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The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was called by the UK Coastguard after a small craft had reported being in trouble with a fouled anchor

The 25 foot cruiser under tow

RNLI/Vic Booth

The Mary Cray

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson launched at 2.28pm on Sunday 20 November after receiving a call from the UK Coastguard that a 25 foot cruiser type craft the Mary Cray was having problems with a fouled propeller.

The craft with two people on board had got into difficulties after its anchor cable was washed overboard from the vessels foredeck and had fouled the propeller.

The crew members had managed to get a line attached to a barge moored off Stangate Creek where the lifeboat located them at approximately 2.45pm

A line was attached and the lifeboat towed the casualty back to the safety of the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour.

The lifeboat was back on station at 4.28pm

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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

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