15th August

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1756 on Saturday August 15 to assist a motor cruiser with four people onboard. The craft was reported to have overheating problems and there was smoke visible.
Launching at 1756 with a volunteer crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1807 in the area of Oakham Ness jetty in the River Medway.
After confirming there were no more issues with the smoke the crew attached a tow line to the cruiser and headed for Gillingham Marina wher they arrived at 1845. The craft was secured safely on the pontoon at the entrance to the marina where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Fire and Rescue crew were waiting.
The Kent Fire and Rescue team were mobilised by the RNLI lifeboat launching authority on receipt of the initial call from the UK Coastguard as a precaution due to there being reports of smoke on the casualty craft. The lifeboat was released at 1848 and arrived back on station at 1919
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