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A busy weekend for the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat responded to two calls in quick succession on Sunday afternoon.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched on Sunday 8th April at 3.31pm in response to a report from the UK Coastguard of a person in the water just upstream of Rochester rail bridge.

Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Police were in attendance when the ILB arrived on the scene at 3.59pm and directed the crew to the object in the river, which upon investigation was found to be a sleeping bag, fortunately with no one in it.

The ILB crew dropped said object ashore to the Medway Coastguard and then made their way back to station where they arrived at 4.50pm....

As the ILB was being rehoused in the boathouse pagers were activated again at 5.05pm for the ILB crew.

The UK Coastguard requested that the ILB to launch after a report from a member of the public reported a Jet Skier in trouble at Hoo Ness.

ILB launched at 5.10pm and arrived on the scene at 5.29pm and after a search found no sign of a jet skier.

After further investigation, two persons were seen rowing ashore in a small dinghy and following a discussion between the UK Coastguard and the first informant it was apparent that this was the craft that the informant had sighted.

Having made contact with the persons in the dinghy and checked that both persons were okay and not in distress the ILB was released and returned to station at 5.56pm and after cleaning and re-fuelling was eventually re-housed at 6.23pm. Wind Easterly, Light Airs.

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