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A call for help interrupted the Sheerness RNLI family BBQ

Lifeboats News Release

The on duty crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat were called out midway through the stations annual family BBQ

The cabin cruiser hard aground in the medway estuary faces a long wait for the tide to turn and get the craft refloated

RNLI/Vic Booth

The cabin cruiser 'Milford Sound'

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 4.26pm on Sunday 6 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 17 tonne twin engine cruiser ‘Milford Sound’ had run aground in the Medway estuary.

The cruiser with two people and their dog on board was located at 4.44pm hard aground on a muddy outcrop in Sharfleet Creek.

Due to the low water conditions the ALB crew were unable to assist the stranded couple but advised them of the safest route to take to get themselves out of their predicament when the tidal conditions were right, approximately six hours later.

The couple stated that they were happy to stay onboard their vessel and wait for the tide to float them off.

The ALB returned to station at 5.08 pm after advising the couple to contact the UK Coastguard if they experienced any further difficulties.

Having made the lifeboat ready for launching again the crew were then able to rejoin their families and other crew members back at the BBQ

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