Strange call for Sheerness Lifeboat
Whilst on route a further call was received that it was not a craft on fi…re but the actual light buoy itself!
The lifeboat crew were requested to proceed to the location and arrived on the scene at 6.12 am to find the buoy well alight.
The on board fire hose was deployed and the fire was extinguished at 6.35 am after which the lifeboat was released and returned to station and after refuelling was ready for service at 8.20am.
Sheerness RNLI lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said :’ in all my years at sea and as lifeboat coxswain this was one of the most unusual calls i have ever attended. I have never heard of a buoy catching light before and can only assume that it was caused by an electrical problem which is also strange as the light buoys are solar powered’