Published: 11:31, 14 February 2020
| Updated: 11:56, 14 February 2020
A talking parrot was among the crew rescued when a yacht broke down off Leysdown.
The 45ft vessel suffered engine failure in the early hours of Wednesday.
Sheerness lifeboat was launched at 4.10am.
RNLI spokesman Vic Booth said: "Two men, a lady and a talkative parrot were onboard.
"The craft was on passage from Faversham Creek to a mooring at Hoo Marina when it suffered engine failure and was at anchor approximately 1.8 nautical miles off Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey."
The offshore lifeboat arrived at 4.37am and had the yacht safely under tow at 5.15am.
The yacht was taken to the all-tide landing at Queenborough and secured at 7.12am.
The crew also helped rescue two people stranded on an 11m cabin cruiser which broke down and was left high and dry on a mud flat near Nore Marsh on the River Medway on Friday at 2.25pm.
The RNLI's hovercraft at Southend was called in to reach the casualties who were taken to the RNLI's boathouse in Sheerness Docks and handed over to coastguards.
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