The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out to help search for a craft that was four hours overdue getting to Queenborough
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 2050 on Thursday 19 December after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to search for a 25 foot workboat that had left Sun Pier, Chatham, at 1420 heading for Queenborough Harbour where it was due to arrive at approximately 1630.No communication had been received from the missing craft and concerns had been raised as to its safety and also for the 57 year old man onboard who was alone and suffering health problems.
The ALB had commenced a search of the lower reaches of the River Medway when a call from the Medway Coastguard rescue team reported that the craft had been spotted on a mooring at Gillingham. Having located the craft, the ALB crew made it secure and took the man ashore where he was taken into the care of the coastguard team.
The ALB was back on station at 2220. wind SSE force 4
The crew of the inshore lifeboat launched at 2334 the same night after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist in a further incident which involved the Coastguard helicopter from Lydd and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Teams.
The ILB returned to station at 0200.