Two more launches end a busy weekend for the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats
The Sheerness RNLI volunteers were called out on two further occasions over the weekend making a total of five launches in just over two days
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 11.24am on Sunday 5 August to reports of a 28foot motor cruiser with three people on board that had run aground on Queenborough Spit in the Medway Estuary. Due to the ebbing tide it was not possible to re-float the craft so the crew made the craft secure and then landed the three occupants at Queenborough Harbour where they could then plan to re-float their craft on the flood tide.The lifeboat was back on station at 12.15pm
The volunteer crew of the all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were called out by the UK Coastguard to reports of an eight-meter fishing boat that was taking on water near the Kentish Flats wind farm.
The lifeboat launched at 3.30am on Monday 6 August and having made best speed to the area the casualty with two men onboard was quickly located.
The fishing boat was taking on water from a burst cooling pipe and once the engine was shut down the water ingress stopped. With the aid of the lifeboat salvage pump and its own bilge pump the craft was pumped dry and then taken under tow to Whitstable Harbour where it was secured at 5.45am.
The ALB was back on station and ready for service again at 7.00am
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