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Sheerness RNLI called to assist a narrowboat in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

After running aground in the Thames estuary a 45 foot narrowboat was towed to safety by the Sheerness All Weather Lifeboat (ALB).

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) The George and Ivy Swanson  were called at 9.03pm on Monday 1 August to assist a 45 foot  narrowboat that had run aground on Blyth Sands, which are situated on the north side of the Isle of Grain, approximately seven miles from Sheerness.

When the ALB arrived at the scene the narrowboat, with its one man crew, had managed to refloat itself and the Gravesend lifeboat that had previously been called to assist was standing by.

Due to the owner being badly fatigued and not sure of his whereabouts the decision was made to transfer him to the ALB and to put two crew members onto the narrowboat and then tow it back to Queenborough Harbour.

The owner, a Sheppey resident, was brought ashore at the lifeboat station and later gratefully dropped off at his home by a crew member.

He had purchased the vessel two weeks prior in Chertsey, Surrey, and took the decision to sail it down the Thames and back to Queenborough concluding later that this had not been the best idea.

The ALB was ready for service again at 12.15am early the next morning

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