Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat launched towards a burning boat.

The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched on Friday 01 April 2022 to report a burning craft in the Medway Estuary.

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was launched at 1.35pm on Friday 01 April after being loaded by the UK Coastguard with a small barge type vessel with an engine in fire.

The Kent Police RIB ‘Invicta’ was floating in the area and managed to put a towline on the victim and pushed the craft back in the worst of wind and sea near Queenborough Spit.

The lifeboat was on site at 1.45 p.m. and took over at 1.55 p.m. A request was made for a Kent fire and rescue unit to attend the Queenborough high tide landing. With the victim in tow, the two men on board were initially reported to be fine, but the fire was still showing signs of ignition.

After the victim was immobilized on the all-tide landing stage, the pontoon hose was used to cool any flaming wood visible on board and also to spray the main area of ​​the deck to prevent the fire from spreading.

With Kent Fire and Rescue on the scene and having taken over ‘fire duties’ the lifeboat was released at 2.25pm ​​whereupon the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team requested an ambulance to check on one of the victims who showed signs of smoke inhalation.

Further information received a few hours later indicated that the problem appeared to have started with a faulty light fixture on board the craft and that both crew members were now in good health and sent their thanks to everyone involved for their help in preventing the incident from becoming more serious.

Wind N to NE gusting to 45 mph, moderate seas and good visibility

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