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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat launched to a jet ski in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a jet ski with four people on board.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 4.13 pm on Saturday 2 June after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a jet ski with at least four people involved had broken down some distance from the shore off Minster and that it was also believed the jet ski had been towing a small rubber ring.

Making best speed the lifeboat located the craft with two adults and two children on board at the eastern end of The Leas in the area of the beach huts. All were suitably dressed for their activities and reported that they were ok.

Having transferred the four to the lifeboat they were then brought ashore at the Shingle Bank and handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat crew then returned to collect the jet ski which was towed back to the Shingle Bank.

The lifeboat was back on station at 5.44pm.Wind SW force 1,good visibility


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

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