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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to reports of a person in the water at Rochester

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness lifeboat were called after a person was reported in the water by the M2 Bridge

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat Buster was launched at 10.54 am on Sunday 22 January after reports from the UK Coastguard that a person had jumped from the M2 Bridge at Rochester.

The inshore lifeboat was on the scene at 11.31am and along with a multi agency team comprising of the Coastguard helicopter from Llydd,Medway Coastguard Rescue and a Kent Police unit an extensive search of the area was carried out.

The ILB was released at 1.26pm to return to station to refuel and carry out a crew change.

The ILB was back on station at 1.58pm and a decision was made by the UK Coastguard not to relaunch the lifeboat which was then re-housed after cleaning at 2.30pm.


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