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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat called to assist a yacht off the Isle of Grain

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was called out after a yacht ran aground by the Martello Tower on Grain Spit.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 1.17pm on Wednesday 19 July after a call from the UK Coastguard reported a yacht aground by the Martello Tower opposite Garrison Point ,Sheerness.

Being so close to the lifeboat station the ILB crew quickly located the 7 metre yachtMatariki’, with one man on board, and found it high and dry amongst obstructions at the base of the Martello Tower.

Having laid out anchors fore and aft to secure the yacht the man was then taken on board the lifeboat and landed back at the lifeboat station at 1.45pm where he was able to make his own arrangements to recover the craft later in the day on the flood tide.

The inshore lifeboat was called out again at 9.21pm the same day after a call from the UK Coastguard reported a person in the water at Sun Pier in Chatham.

The ILB arrived on the scene at 9.55pm and commenced a search of the area but was stood down at 10.04pm when the crew were informed the person had been found and was in the care of Kent Police.

The ILB was back on station 10.40pm

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