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Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat assists a jet skier in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst on exercise the Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew were diverted to reports of a Jet Ski in trouble off Whitstable.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were called by the UK Coastguard to reports of a jet ski in trouble whilst they were out on exercise at the Cars on the Prom event at Minster Leas on Sunday 23 July.

The call came at 1.33pm and the ILB immediately proceeded to look for the Jet Ski with one man on board, reported to be mid way between Leysdown and Whitstable. With the only communication to the casualty by mobile phone it was not possible to pinpoint the exact location but the casualty was found at 2.02pm close to the Oyster Buoy, off Whitstable.

The jet skier was taken on board the ILB and a tow line was attached to his craft.

The Sheerness crew then requested that the Whitstable RNLI lifeboat be called to take over the tow, which it did at 2.19pm.

The ILB then returned to station through The Swale and was back on station at 3.35pm.

The ILB was called out again at 4.17am on Monday 25 July after a request from the UK Coastguard for the crew to proceed to the Ship Pier at Rochester to stand by whilst Kent Police and the Medway Coastguard team were dealing with an incident involving a very distressed person (gender unknown)at the pier.

The lifeboat crew were stood down at 4.39am when it was reported the person was now safe and in the care of the police team.

The ILB was back on station at 4.58am

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Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 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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