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Lone sailor towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat were called out to assist a yacht in trouble in the Medway Estuary

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 1.50pm on Sunday 24 September after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a 19 foot yacht ‘Freewind’ with one man on board was in difficulty after suffering rudder failure.

Initial reports gave the yachts position as being approximately one and a half miles from the mouth of the estuary but further reports whilst the ILB was on route now gave the position as being North West of Garrison Point.

Having turned around the ILB finally located the casualty close to the Martello Tower off the Isle of Grain.

A tow line was attached and the craft was taken to Queenborough Harbour where it was secured on a mooring at 3.10pm and the man was landed ashore into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.

Weather conditions in the estuary at the time were good with a NW wind blowing force 3

The ILB was back on station at 3.25pm


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