Late Night Rescue by RNLI Lifeboat Crew

A middle-aged man was pulled from the water by the crew of the Sheerness coastal lifeboat late on the evening of Monday November 1, 2021

Sheerness RNLI Coastal Lifeboat volunteer crew guy were instructed for an immediate launch by the British Coast Guard at 10:32 p.m. on Monday 1 November at response to reports of a person in the water off the beach near the Catholic Church Church on Sheerness Broadway.

Launched at 10:48 p.m. with a crew of three the lifeboat reached the best speed in the area and was at the scene in less than four minutes, where with the help of the Sheppey Coast Guard Rescue Team ashore equipped with torches, the victim was quickly spotted, floating face up about 30 meters offshore and drifting on strong ebb tide.

The man was quickly pulled out of the water and taken ashore at 10:54 p.m., where the lifeboat crew and members of the Sheppey Coast Guard unit administered oxygen to him and wrapped him in thermal blankets due to his extreme cold.

With the arrival of an ambulance team on the scene, the ILB team and Sheppey Coastguard transported the man on a stretcher along the waterfront to a ramp on the main road where the ambulance was waiting to transport him to hospital.

With the victim safely in the care of the ambulance crew, the lifeboat was released from the incident at 11:25 p.m., returning to 11:30 p.m. station, refueling and ready for service again at 11:50 p.m.

Partly cloudy weather, SW F3 wind, calm sea conditions, good visibility.

Sheerness RNLI spokesperson Vic. Booth said: “At the moment we have no information on how or why the man was in the water, but we can only say that without the swift response and expertise of the teams involved the result would have been. unfortunately been very different. ”

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