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Lifeboats in two rescue dramas

PUBLISHED: 18:01 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 August 2010

THREE people have been rescued by lifeboat crews in two separate incidents. A fishing boat started sinking after it became damaged when its nets got tangled in the propeller on Monday. The nine metre long fishing vessel with one person on board, became

THREE people have been rescued by lifeboat crews in two separate incidents.

A fishing boat started sinking after it became damaged when its nets got tangled in the propeller on Monday.

The nine metre long fishing vessel with one person on board, became stranded off Cliffe Marshes and was rescued by Gravesend RNLI.

A lifeboat crew attended and used a salvage pump to remove some of the water and towed it towards Holehaven Creek.

Due to the of the amount of water the boat had taken on board, an all weather lifeboat from Sheerness also attended.

Andy Colley, helmsman of the Gravesend Lifeboat said: "When we reached the trawler she was anchored up with all the trawling nets wrapped around the propeller, but in the middle of the shipping lane and in quite a tight spot.

"We discovered she was also taking in water due to some damage to the bow of the vessel. Thankfully we were able to get the trawler ashore safely.

Days earlier on Saturday a father and son were towed to safety by a Gravesend Lifeboat crew after their motor cruiser engine failed and they became stranded near the QE2 Bridge, Dartford.

Gravesend RNLI urged owners to ensure their boats are well maintained and regularly serviced at the start of the boating season when problems are most common.

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