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Sheerness RNLI escorts boxer 'out training' to safety

Lifeboats News Release

With concerns for his safety a man in a rowing boat was escorted back to shore by the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat.

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The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 8.30pm on Tuesday 29 August after a man in a small rowing boat was reported to be in difficulty trying to row against the strong tide near the West Cant buoy just to the east of Garrison Point, Sheerness.

The tug Svitzer Ganges had been standing by until the lifeboat arrived at the scene and it was further reported that the man had previously been seen to leave his craft and actually climb on to the buoy itself.

Having arrived at the scene the man informed the ILB crew that he was ‘in training’ for a boxing tournament and was not in any danger.

After giving the man some strong safety advice he was eventually persuaded to head back to the shore with the lifeboat escorting him.

Once safely ashore at Garrison Point, where he was camping, he was handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.

The ILB was back on station at 9.23pm

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

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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