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Sheerness RNLI lifeboats assist in late night search for a person in the sea

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were called out after reports of a person in the sea off Sheerness sea front

The volunteer crews of the Sheerness RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were called at 11.34pm on Friday 24 March by the UK Coastguard to join a multi agency team in a search for a person reported to be in the water off Sheerness sea front.

The search team comprising of the RNLI lifeboats, Sheppey Coastguards a Kent Police shore unit ,the UK Coastguard helicopter from Lydd and teams from Kent Fire and Rescue searched an area from Garrison Point eastwards down to the Shingle Bank at Minster.

All the crews apart from the Sheppey Coastguard unit, who continued the shore search, were stood down at 2.00am with nothing untoward being found.

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called again by the UK Coastguards at 0848 am the next morning to search an area from Garrison Point over to Grain Shore then back up river to Stangate Creek and back to Queenborough Harbour.

Once again nothing was found and the lifeboat was back on station at 11.20am

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

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

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