1st August

The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1843 to assist a 25 foot fishing vessel with a fouled propeller in the Medway Approach Channel and later the same evening at 2222 the inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate reports of a number of people possibly in need of assistance on the Grain Battery tower at the mouth of the river Medway.
Launching at 1856 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene with the casualty vessel at 1920, a tow line was prepared and a member of crew placed aboard.
At 1932 the ALB commenced the journey back to the All-tide Landing in Queenborough Harbour with the fishing boat under tow where the casualty vessel was secured alongside at at 2045, the Lifeboat was then released from the incident and arrived back at Station at 2056.
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Later that evening at2233 the inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of 3 to the Grain Battery (the derelict ‘fort’ at the mouth of the Medway estuary) and was on scene just 5 minutes later.
After checking the welfare of the 14 people on the Fort and confirming they were happy to remain there until the next low water a contact number was taken from one of them , to be passed to the UK Coastguard when the lifeboat returned to station.
The ILB was subsequently released from the incident at 2247 and was back on station 5 minutes later where it was washed down and made ready for service.
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