14th July

The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9:38am on 14 July to assist the Whitstable Lifeboat who were with a craft reported to be taking on water in the vicinity of Leysdown Beach.
Once communications were established with Whitstable the plan was to transfer two Sheerness crew members and a Salvage Pump onto the casualty craft and then to establish a towline. Having arrived on the scene at 10:20am this was done and the tow connected at 10:25am. and the Whitstable lifeboat was released.
The tow back to Queenborough was completed at an average speed of 7 knots and with no water ingress to the craft the salvage pump was not used. The casualty was secured on a mooring near Washer Wharf, Queenborough, at 11.55am.The Lifeboat was released at 12:00 and returned to its moorings at 12:10pm where it was refueled and made ready for service.
The two male occupants onboard the casualty had been on route from London to Portsmouth and had previously been removed from the craft by the Whitstable lifeboat and handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team at Leysdown.
Wind Easterly F2/3 throughout, sea smooth to slight on scene.