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Gravesend lifeboat crew rescues child as sailing dinghy runs aground

PUBLISHED: 14:53 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 31 July 2017

Three RNLI crew members went to the aid of two people stranded in a sailing dinghy. Photo: Gravesend RNLI

Three RNLI crew members went to the aid of two people stranded in a sailing dinghy. Photo: Gravesend RNLI

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Two occupants were rescued yesterday

A lifeboat crew rushed to save two occupants, including a child, from a stranded sailing dinghy on Sunday.

Three members of Gravesend’s RNLI crew were sent out to the dinghy at around 7.45pm, which had run aground opposite Greenhithe, in west Thurrock.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: “The casualty was in shallow water in a tidal marsh, a crew member made their way to the casualty and commenced lowering the sail and transferred the child aboard the lifeboat before walking the dinghy out of the marsh and towards the lifeboat.

“The dinghy was placed in an alongside tow and the remaining occupant transferred to the lifeboat. The dinghy was towed back to the launch area and the crew assisted the owner to recover the dinghy to a launching trailer.

“The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.”


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