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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to a yacht in trouble in the Thames estuary

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht was towed to safety after breaking down in the busy Thames shipping lanes

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 4.36pm on Monday 14 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 36 foot yacht called ‘Bandita’ had called for help after suffering engine failure in the Thames estuary.

The ferro cement constructed craft with a man and a woman on board was found by the crew at anchor two miles north of the lifeboat station at 4.50pm close to the Mid Swatch Buoy off Grain Edge.

A tow line was attached and the vessel, which had been on route from Benfleet in Essex to Newhaven, was taken to a safe mooring in Queenborough Harbour.

The ALB returned to station at 5.55pm.

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Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk 07786668825

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

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