13th July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9.06pm on Saturday 13 July to reports of a 30′ trimaran with 3 POB, one of which was the skipper who had been taken ill. The ALB launched at 9.28pm and was on scene at 9.42pm.The casualty was located in the vicinity of the Mid Cant Beacon in the Thames Estuary.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Lewisco’ was also in attendance and had initially taken the casualty vessel in tow and put a crew member on board to assess the skipper.
At 9.48pm the ALB took over the tow and placed a crew member on board to continue casualty care. The ALB towed the vessel to Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was made secure.
Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team and the Ambulance service were also on scene and with the casualty handed over into their care the Lifeboat was released at 11.15pm and returned to mooring at 11.25pm. Wind E, F2/3. Visibility good. Sea state slight.