Stay safe during Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis is set to bring more strong wind and heavy rain today. 

Please be weather aware and stay safe by avoiding getting too near, or going in, the water. Yesterday evening (February 15) we were called to assist Kent Police with a report of a person on a small boat in difficulty on the River Medway at around 5.10pm. 

An RNLI lifeboat from Sheernes and Medway coastguard rescue team were sent out in very difficult conditions. Fortunately the person was taken onto the lifeboat safe and well. 

Ben Hambling, Maritime Operations Controller said: “Conditions were very challenging and this person was lucky that we were able to reach them. The strong winds and heavy rain we are currently experiencing are meaning the water can be a dangerous place to be. 

Please don’t take any unnecessary risks that could put yourself, and emergency services, in danger. If you do see someone in difficulty on the coast or at sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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