17th September

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat the ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1110 on Tuesday 17 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 29-foot fishing smack, built in 1860, with mechanical problems. The craft was reported to be approximately 800 yards west of the Red Sands Towers and had two people onboard.
Having arrived on the scene the casualty was found close to Middle Sands, an area South of the original reported position. Both persons onboard reported they were ok and well so a line was passed and secured and their craft was taken under tow. As the fishing smack had been making for Oare Creek before encountering its problems the decision was made to tow it to a mooring off the creek to wait for a workboat from the boatyard to assist. The ALB was released and returned to station via the East and West Swale Channel arriving back on station at 1440. N force 3