Jet skiers rescued by Sheerness RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Two jet skiers were rescued by the Sheerness lifeboat after they ran aground in the River Medway.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Wednesday 17 April to a report of two jet skis having run aground in the area of Long Reach in The Swale.

The lifeboat launched at 4.15pm and commenced a search of the area given but were unable to find any sign of the jet skis.

The UK Coastguard managed to make intermittent contact by mobile phone with one of the persons involved and with up-dated information available the lifeboat made its way to Stangate Creek in the River Medway.

With the incident taking place around low water access to the many creeks and inlets in the area was very restricted even for the inshore lifeboat. Having searched as far as possible up Halstow Creek one of the casualties was found on Burntwick Island and the second was located shortly afterwards.

Two persons were taken on board the lifeboat and landed at the slipway below the Sheppey Crossing where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance.

It is believed that the two, who were unharmed returned to collect their jet skis on the next tide

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