11th May

All Weather lifeboat launched at 1535 to 17 metre “Dutch barge” broken down and at anchor off Holehaven, 2 persons on board. ALB on scene at 1603 along with PLA Launch, after attempting to re-start engine, it was decided to take the craft under tow, the two persons from the barge were taken on board the lifeboat and due to the strong ebb tide, the barge was safely under tow at 1645 for Queenborough, the tow passed without incident and the casualty was secured on the all tide landing at 1755. NE 4

The lifeboat was then re-tasked at 1800 to assist using its Direction Finding equipment to assist in locating a 30ft craft, with one person on board, which was lost and aground, believed off the Maplin Sands. Southend lifeboat also proceeding. The ALB made contact with the craft and obtained a bearing, the craft was located high and dry on the sands off Shoebury. Southend crew going ashore to assess the craft, with little more that could be done by the ALB, it was released and returned to station at 1905, ready for service at 1930. NE 4.