2012 Callouts Histoy

1st January Inshore Lifeboat launched at 0426 to a vulnerable person threatening to jump from the Swale Crossing at Kingsferry, ILB arrived on scene and stood by, whilst police negotiated with the person. The person eventually left the bridge with police. ILB returned to station at 0535. wind WSW F3.
6th January Inshore lifeboat launched at 2027 to person threatening to jump from Rochester bridge, the ILB reached as far as Kingsnorth before being recalled, person safe in Police custody. ILB returned to station at 2123. wind WSW F3/4.
12th January Inshore lifeboat launched at 1424 to windsurfer in difficulties off Shingle bank, Minster, ILB arrived on scene with casualty approx quarter of a mile offshore, casualty taken onboard ILB and brought ashore to CG, who requested ambulance as casualty hypothermic. ILB recovered board and rig and returned to station at 1536.

wind NW F 6.

21st January All Weather Lifeboat launched at 1145 to Angling vessel which was experiencing difficulty in towing a small 17ft yacht off Warden point. ALB arrived on scene at 1211, casualty approx 2 NM ENE of Warden point, no persons on yacht, ALB secured a tow on yacht and taken in tow at 1225, proceeding towards Sheerness. The craft was secured in Sheerness, the Angling boat making it’s own way to Hoo. ALB ready for service at 1435. wind WNW F5/6.
30th January Inshore lifeboat launched at 2110 to vulnerable person threatening to jump from Rochester bridge. ILB stood off, whilst Police negotiated with the person, who gave himself up to police. ILB returned to station at 2325. wind Northerly F2.
5th February All Weather lifeboat launched at 0025 to 34ft Yacht broken down and drifting near knock John tower, 2 persons onboard, ALB on scene at  0128, casualty located SW of East Barrow bank, some 19 miles from station. Tow established and the casualty towed back to Queenborough hbr, where it was secured. ALB returned to station at 0545. wind SSE 4/5 gusting 6 with heavy driving snow.
17th February Inshore lifeboat launched at 2000 to Martello Tower off Grain, where lights had been seen, ILB found 5 persons fishing, all ok and staying there overnight. ILB returned to station at 2020. wind NW F2.
20th February Inshore lifeboat launched at 1316 to report of person in the water off Queenborough causeway, upon arrival of ILB, the casualty had managed to make his own way ashore and was being treated by Ambulance paramedic. ILB returned to station at 1406. wind SW F4.
25th February All Weather lifeboat launched at 2145 to assist in search for possible missing person(s) from drifting Fishing vessel in vicinity of Princes channel, the ALB commenced it’s search along with Whitstable L/B and Rescue helicopter 125, Margate L/B also joined the search. Whitstable L/B had already recovered a body from the water and it was thought a second person was missing. After an extensive search, the search was terminated, Whitstable L/B transferred the body to Sheerness ALB, who also took the fishing vessel in tow for Sheerness. Police and Cg met the Lifeboat upon their arrival at Sheerness. L/B ready for service at 0427. wind SW F2.
4th March Inshore lifeboat launched at 0757 to provide afloat safety cover for Kent Fire & Rescue dealing with fire ashore on Kingsnorth power station jetty, ILB stood down at 0847, fire now extinguished. ILB back on station & ready for service at 0923. wind Sthly F2.
8th March Inshore lifeboat launched at 1542 to report of person in dinghy off Stangate creek, CG corncerned for person’s welfare. ILB located casualty in Sharfleet creek, person bait digging and all’s well, no assistance required. ILB returned to station at 1636. wind WNW F3.
17th March All Weather lifeboat launched at 2114 to 10 mtr Motorboat broken down with 3 persons onboard off LNG terminal IOG, casualty located and taken in tow to entrance of Stoke creek to await tow into creek on next tide. ALB returned to station at 2210. wind Wstly F2.
6th April All Weather lifeboat launched at 1508 to 24ft Motorboat which had suffered an engine fire onboard, which had been extinguished, position just South of the Montgomery Wreck, 3 persons onboard, Rescue 125 also tasked. ALB arrived on scene, two crew placed onboard with 1st aid equipment, two persons were taken off craft to lifeboat and treated for minor burns and shock. Rescue 125 winchman lowered to lifeboat to also check over casualties, it was decided to land casualties ashore by lifeboat.

Craft taken in tow for Queenborough Hbr, where it was secured and met by Cg and ambulance, ALB returned to station at 1716. wind WNW F3.

12th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1804 to vulnerable 9yr old child missing from Allhallows area, Rescue 125 also proceeding. ILB arrived on scene and commenced search of shoreline, shortly after, the child was found safe and well ashore, units stood down.

ILB returned to station at 1851. wind Var Light airs.

13th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1444 to report of person threatening to jump from M2 Bridge, Rochester. ILB was stood down at 1458, when it was confirmed that person was with Police. ILB ready for service at 1538. wind Var Light airs
15th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 2345 to 25ft Cruiser reported out of fuel with 3 persons onboard, somewhere between Oare and Conyer creeks in the Swale. ILB located casualty craft and secured a tow, unfortunately, due to a falling tide, the craft grounded and ILB unable to refloat. Persons happy to remain onboard until daylight. ILB ready for service at 0317. wind Nthly F4.
22nd April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1710 to 21ft Motorboat broken down off Sheppey coast, ILB arrived on scene, nothing visual, casualty located half a mile off Spile buoy, tow established and casualty towed to IOSSC slip. ILB returned to station at 1917.

wind WSW F4/5, squally.

24th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1716, but was quickly stood down, following reported windsurfer in trouble, was in fact a marker buoy, false alarm with good intent. ILB was re-housed at 1728. wind NW F2.
6th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 2158 to report of 4 children cut off by tide at base of Warden point, Rescue 125 also proceeding. ILB arrived in area and commencing search at 2220, the children were eventually located at 2235, ILB crew went ashore to check on children, who were very cold and muddy. Rescue 125 arrived on scene and airlifted all the children to top of cliffs into care of Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 0005. wind NE F2/3.
15th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 1622 in response to report of a female trapped in the mud near Rochester bridge, shortly after launching, the ILB was stood down, when it was confirmed, that person had been assisted to safety by kent fire & Rescue. ILB returned and ready for service at 1637. wind Nthly F4/5.
25th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 1513 to report of two Sailboarders in difficulties off Shingle bank, Minster. ILB stood down at 1520, both casualties reported safe ashore, ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1542. wind Estly F5/6.
26th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 2059 to report of 3 persons stuck in mud off Whitton Marina at Hoo, Kent Fire & Rescue boat/ Rescue 125 also proceeding. ILB stood down at 2106, persons confirmed safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 2128. wind ESE F3.
27th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 1320 to 21ft motorboat broken down on West shore of Sheerness Hbr, 2 persons onboard, ILB took casualty in tow to Queenborough hbr , where it was secured at 1402. wind Estly F4.
27th May Inshore lifeboat proceeded at 1402 from previous service to 28ft Bayliner cruiser broken down and drifting in Sheerness hbr, 1 adult and 2 children onboard, casualty taken in tow at 1410, ILB proceeding to Gillingham marina, casualty secured on fuel berth at 1513, ILB returned to station at 1600. wind Estly F4.
2nd June Inshore lifeboat tasked at 2030 to report of person in the water off Sheerness, stood down at 2037, person safe ashore.
4th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1205 to small dinghy with 1 person onboard drifting onto lee shore in entrance of Queenborough hbr, ILB on scene and towed the casualty back to his craft on mooring in Hbr, person ok. ILB returned to station at 1246.

wind NNE F4/5

9th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1841 to report of Red Flare in West Swale, ILB carried out thorough search from Queenborough to Kingsferry bridge, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 1936. wind Wstly F4.
9th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 2356 to report of 14ft craft aground with fouled propellor near Rochester bridge, 3 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene and successfully managed to refloat the craft and then towed to local marina. ILB returned to station at 0218. wind SW F2.
22nd June All Weather lifeboat launched at 1514 to report of Kayak in difficulties off Minster beach with 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1528, casualties almost ashore and both ok, ALB stood off until both ashore and then returned to station at 1613. wind SW F7.
23rd June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1740 to report of Jet Ski and 3 persons in the water off Allhallows, isle of Grain. ILB on scene at 1756, casualty close to main shipping channel, 3 persons taken onboard the ILB and jet ski taken in tow, persons cold having been in the water for some time, due to insuffient water at Allhallows, the helmsman decided to return back to station, casualties landed to awaiting Ambulances at 1942, ILB recovered and ready for service at 2020. wind SW F5/6.
29th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1626 to report of inflatable being blown quickly offshore with adult and child onboard, Sheerness seafront. ILB on scene 1636, casualties now drifted 1/4 to 1/2 a mile off and eastwards of original position, casualties taken onboard ILB and suffering from cold, ILB landed them ashore at Sheppey Y.C to awaiting Cg and ambulance. ILB returned to station, ready for service at 1736. wind WSW F6/7.
1st July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1532 to 17ft Speedboat broken down in Long Reach, Swale. 6 persons onboard, ILB on scene 1546, casualty taken in tow for kingsferry launch ramp, where it was safely ashore at 1600. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1630. wind SW F5.
6th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1755 to Sportsboat broken down off Minster Leas with one person onboard, craft at anchor, ILB arrived on scene and passed a tow, casualty towed back to the launch ramp at Shingle bank, ILB ready for service at 1848.

wind Sthly F2.

7th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 0441 to person in distressed state on Swale Crossing, ILB stood by at discreet distance, whilst police negotiated with person. Once safe with police, ILB was stood down and returned to station at 0555. wind Sthly F2.
7th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1526 to report of Kayak sinking near Hoo Island with 2 persons onboard, the ILB was stood down whilst on route, when it was confirmed that the 2 persons had been recovered by a passing craft and were being landed at Gillingham. ILB returned to station at 1554. wind Sthly F3.
7th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1557 to report of person in the water off Sheerness Leisure centre, ILB arrived on scene and recovered person from the water and escorted a second swimmer safe ashore, both persons handed over to Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station at 1626. wind Sthly F3.
8th July All Weather lifeboat launched at 1448 to 6.5mtr motor cruiser run out of fuel near West Nore Sand buoy, 4 persons onboard, casualty at anchor. ALB arrived on scene, crewman placed onboard, tow established and casualty towed into the safety of Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1634. wind NW F4/5.
17th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 0915 to 18ft sail yacht reported to be unable to sail against prevailing weather in upper reaches of River Medway, one person onboard, ILB located casualty secured on mooring in Gillingham reach, safe and well. After ascertaining that all was well, the ILB was released to station, arriving back and ready for service at 1047. wind Wstly F4.
19th July Inshore lifeboat paged at 1328 to report of child on paddleboard in difficulties off Minster, before launching, the ILB was stood down at 1332, person now safe ashore.

Wstly 3.

19th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1716  in response to ‘Mayday’ call from small Hovercraft with 2 occupants out of fuel by No 15 lightbuoy, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene and took the occupants onboard. Craft taken in tow, but due to the design, the tow to Gillingham strand was only achieved at approx one & half knots. The casualty was eventually put ashore and the ILB released, returning to station at 2025.

wind WNW F2.

21st July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1640 to a 25ft Motor Cruiser reported out of fuel off Oakhamness jetty, River Medway, 5 persons onboard. ILB on scene at 1653, luckily a passing Cruiser from the same marina offered assistance in towing the casualty back to Chatham. ILB crew assisted in rigging a tow and once safely under tow, the ILB was released to station, arriving back on station at 1730. wind Estly F3.
25th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1638 to report of 6 children cut off by the tide at Warden Point, ILB on route, when advised at 1653, that all the children were safe ashore with Police, ILB returned to station at 1721. wind Estly F3.
26th July Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1734 to 22ft motorboat broken down in Stangate creek, launch cancelled at 1739, local marina going to craft’s assistance.
26th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 2225 to report of person having entered the sea off Sheerness seafront, ILB on scene at 2230, ILB crewmember and Police assisted the person from the water to the shore into hands of CG and Police. ILB returned to station at 2321. wind Estly F2.
28th July All Weather lifeboat launched at 1325 to 32ft Motorboat broken down with fuel contamination and at anchor just to the NW of the Kentish Flat wind farm, 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived on scene and established tow, the casualty was towed back to the entrance of the Hadleigh Ray, where it was handed over to Southend Lifeboat, ALB returned to station and ready for service at 1630. wind Sthly F1.
28th July All Weather lifeboat launched at 1830 to 24ft Motorboat with 3 persons onboard, broken down and now at anchor near No 3 Medway Channel buoy. ALB arrived on scene, one crewman placed onboard to assist in raising anchor, tow secured and casualty towed into Queenborough hbr. Owner managed to repair engine and was able to motor back to his mooring in Queenborough creek. ALB returned to station at 1957. wind Westlerly F3.
31st July Inshore lifeboat paged at 2020 in response to report of person stuck in the mud off Gillingham, ILB was cancelled at 2023, person now safe.
4th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1825 to report of 3 Kayakers in trouble off Martello Tower on Grain shore. ILB arrived on scene and after investigation, all 3 perons safe and well and making their way ashore after a day’s kayaking on river. ILB returned to station at 1910. wind SW F3.
10th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 0934 to 24ft Sail yacht with electrical problem, at anchor on Queenborough Spit, two persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene and established tow, casualty towed into Q’Boro Hbr. ILB returned to station at 1040. wind Var Lt Airs.
10th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1655 to 18ft speedboat broken down with 4 persons onboard in Stangate creek, Rvr Medway, ILB on route to casualty, the position was now confirmed as Long Point in Swale, ILB located casualty secured to navigational mark, tow established and casualty handed over to Southend Lifeboat for tow back to Southend. ILB returned to station at 1802. wind Estly F3.
10th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 2019 to report of dinghy drifting off Sheerness seafront. ILB arrived on scene to find craft anchored and fishing with two occupants, ILB checked second dinghy, which was also fishing. ILB returned to station at 2105. wind Estly F3.
11th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 2310 to 20ft Motor Sailer unsure of position, following complete electrical failure, 2 persons onboard. Casualty located at Queenborough Spit and escorted into Queenborough hbr, where it was safely berthed. ILB returned to station at 0045. wind Estly F5.
17th August All Weather lifeboat launched at 1916 to 10mtr Fishing Vessel, who had lost steering with two persons onboard, in a position of the Outer Tongue anchorage, Lifeboat arrived on scene, tow established, casualty and her crew all ok. Vessel towed back to her home port of Queenborough, where it was secured at 0014. Lifeboat returned to station at 0112. wind ESE F2.
17th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 2011 to 14ft motorboat  with outboard failure and now aground in Wickham Reach, Rvr Medway, 1 person onboard. ILB arrived on scene, casualty refloated and towed to local marina, where it was secured, ILB returned to station at 2255. wind SW F2.
19th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1955 to dinghy with 3 occupants reported drifting off Folly Point, Rvr Medway, on route to casualty, information was received that the dinghy had been taken in tow by passing yacht, ILB continuing. ILB arrived on scene, casualties now safe ashore at Gillingham strand. ILB returned to station at 2100. wind SW F2.
20th August All Weather lifeboat launched at 1058 to 6mtr Motor Cruiser broken down in West Swin channel, there was 4 persons onboard. A Yacht had responded to their ‘mayday’ call and had taken them in tow. The ALB met up with the Yacht, crewman placed onboard, 2 children were taken onboard the ALB and craft taken in tow. the casualty was towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1340. wind SW F2.
20th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1628 to motorboat reported to have drifted under Kingsnorth jetty, Rvr Medway, 2 persons onboard. Whilst proceeding a passing Yacht saw their plight and took the craft in tow, ILB continued to ensure that all was well, once happy with situation, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1734.

wind SW F2.

20th August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1852 to ‘Pan Pan call’ from 6mtr Motor Cruiser broken down off Kingsnorth jetty with 4 persons onboard. (same casualty ALB towed in earlier), the ILB established tow and towed the craft into Gillingham marina. ILB returned to station at 2102. wind Sw F2.
28th August All Weather lifeboat launched at 1800 to 23ft Yacht with broken rudder,  near Maplin buoy in West Swin channel. 2 persons onboard. Burnham L/B also launched to casualty. Burnham L/B arrived on scene first and secured a tow. Sheerness ALB arrived on scene at 1831, tow taken over from Burnham, crewman transferred to casualty, who then deployed the casualty drogue, the tow to Queenborough passed without incident, casualty secured at 2025. ALB released at 2028 and proceeded to exercise. wind SW F4/6.
29th August All Weather lifeboat launched at 1202 to 27ft motor Cruiser with 5 persons onboard, broken down between Sheerness and Southend. Casualty located in Grain Swatchway between Mid & Nore Swatch buoys. Tow passed and casualty towed into Queenborough harbour, to be met by CG. ALB returned to station at 1353.

wind SSW F6.

31st August Inshore lifeboat launched at 1353 to 16ft broken down Speedboat off Darnettness, River Medway, 2 persons onboard. ILB located casualty off Nore marsh, craft taken in tow for Gillingham pier, where it was secured at 1450. ILB returned to station at 1553.

wind NNW F3/4.

2nd September Inshore lifeboat launched 0622 to 23ft Motorboat reported out of fuel off St.Mary’s island, River Medway with 4 persons onboard. ILB located the casualty secured to a mooring off Chatham Docks, tow established and casualty towed to the fuel pontoon at Gillingham marina. ILB returned to station at 0755. wind Wstly F2.
9th September Inshore lifeboat launched at 1717 to 29ft yacht with anchor fouled on underwater obstruction in Queenborough hbr, ILB crew managed to secure the yacht to a nearby mooring, before recovering the anchor and cable. The yacht’s crew were then landed ashore. ILB returned to station at 1851. wind SW F4/5.
14th September All Weather lifeboat launched at 1640 to assist in search for missing Kite Surfer off Shoeburyness. Southend Lifeboats & hovercraft, Rescue Helicopter, Gravesend L/B & Motor tanker Aurora all involved in search. Rescue units stood down at 1650, when casualty found safe and well ashore at Shoebury boom. ALB returned to station at 1735. wind NW F5.
17th September All Weather lifeboat launched at 0954 to 30ft motor cruiser with engine failure near Mid Swatch buoy, 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene within 6 minutes, casualty underway for Gillingham, owner happy to proceed upriver unaided on other servicable engine. ALB returned to station at 1025. wind Wstly F2.
19th September Inshore lifeboat diverted from exercise at 2025 to vulnerable person threatening to jump from Rochester bridge, other marine craft also proceeding. ILB stood down at 2048, when it was confirmed that person was safe with police. ILB returned to station at 2132. wind NW F3.
20th September Inshore lifeboat launched at 1849 to person with medical condition in need to be landed ashore from craft aground in Swale near Kingsferry bridge. ILB embarked casualty plus one and brought back to all tide landing at Queenborough, where they were placed onboard  their friend’s craft for care. ILB returned to station at  1947. wind SW F2/3.
14th October Inshore Lifeboat launched at 1253 to 18ft Motorboat broken down and drifting in Saltpan reach, one person onboard, ILB on scene at 1300, casualty taken under tow and towed back to it’s mooring in Stoke Creek. ILB returned to station at 1434.

wind NW F2/3.

14th October All Weather lifeboat placed on immediate readiness at 2214 for possible launch to assist Whitstable L/B with casualty ashore at Herne Bay. ALB stood down at 2226.
16th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 2334 to report of vulnerable person threatening to jump off M2 motorway bridge. ILB reached the port of rochester, before being stood down, person now detained by Police. ILB returned to station at 0107. wind SW F1/2.
18th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1656 to craft thought to be in trouble in vicinity of Bartlett creek, River Medway, ILB on scene in area at 1715, it was then reported by Medway Cg, that two persons from casualty were safe ashore, having left their craft aground in Otterham creek. ILB returned to station at 1755. wind SW F2/3.
20th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1744 to 22ft Motor Cruiser broken down with 3 persons onboard, just East of Ridham Dock in the Swale. ILB arrived on scene, tow established and casualty towed back to the all tide landing in Queenborough Hbr. ILB returned to station at 1935. wind SE F2.
20th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 2020 to person missing, walking his dog between Sheerness & Eastchurch. ILB commenced a shoreline search at 2025, working Eastwards. Police helicopter, Police and CG units also searching. The casualty was found safe & well by the helicopter at Eastchurch, ILB crew unable to reach the person. ILB returned to station at 2155. wind SE F2.
27th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1307 to 27ft Motor Cruiser disabled in Queenborough harbour, 2 persons onboard, ILB on scene at 1315, casualty now hard aground on Rushenden Flats. Crewmember walked ashore and assisted the two persons ashore to Sheppey CG, then placed out anchor for casualty, one person from casualty hypothermic and ambulance called. ILB released at  1408. ILB returned to station, ready for service at 1441. wind Northerly F 6/7.
29th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1210 to 26ft Sail Yacht with 2 persons onboard, disabled with engine failure and aground in entrance to Stoke Creek, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene and successfully managed to refloat the craft and then towed it to Queenborough hbr, where it was secured on a safe mooring, the 2 occupants landed ashore to CG. ILB returned to station at 1423. wind SW F4/5.
3rd November Inshore lifeboat launched at 1751 to report of Red Flares sighted in the Swale between Conyer and Milton creeks, ILB arrived on scene and carried out a search of the area, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 2020. wind SW F3.
4th November Inshore lifeboat launched at 1417 to report of Sailing Dinghy in difficulties off Hooness, River Medway, 2 persons reported onboard. ILB made speed in the the prevailing weather. ILB was stood down at 1429, when it was confirmed that casualty was being assisted by another craft. ILB returned to station at 1505. wind Wstly F7.
15th November Inshore lifeboat launched at 0550 to vulnerable person on Rochester bridge, ILB made best speed to scene in poor visibility, once on scene, ILB stood by whilst Police negotiated with person. Once person was escorted to safety, the ILB was released, returning to station at 0903. wind Lt Airs Fog.
25th November All Weather lifeboat launched at 1022 to 13 Mtr Crew transfer workboat making water off Sheerness, 2 persons onboard, ALB alongside at 1027 and portable pump with two crew transferred to casualty, casualty pumped dry and once stable, the casuaty was escorted to the slipway at Sheerness docks, where it was secured at 1054. ALB returned to mooring, ready for service at 1133. wind SW F6/7.
27th November All Weather lifeboat launched at 1515 to 10Mtr Fishing Vessel broken down off Whitstable Street buoy with one person onboard, Whitstable lifeboat also launching.

ALB arrived on scene at 1554, one crew man transferred via Whitstable lifeboat to casualty, who was then passed a tow, casualty safely under tow at 1616, making for Queenborough hbr, casualty safely secured and ALB returned to station at 1920.

wind Northerly F6/7.

2nd December All Weather lifeboat on return from training exercise was tasked at 1202 to a 10mtr Cabin Cruiser broken down and drifting off Kingsnorth, River Medway. 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived on scene and tow secured, casualty towed to Chatham maritime marina. ALB returned at 1410. wind Wstly F3/4.
4th December Inshore lifeboat launched at 1206 to disabled Hovercraft on foreshore off Folly Point, Hoo Island, 2 persons and 1 dog onboard. ILB arrived on scene and took the occupants & dog onboard, the hovercraft was taken under tow and all were landed ashore to Medway Cg at Gillingham. ILB returned to station at 1402. wind WNW F4/5.
9th December All Weather lifeboat launched at 1400 in response to a Mayday call from a craft in the upper reaches of the River Medway, on route, the ALB was stood down at 1411, when a local craft was reported to be assisting the casualty craft. The ALB proceeded to a PR event in Queenborough hbr, before returning to station at 1530. wind Wstly F5.
15th December All Weather lifeboat launched at 1523 to 50ft Cabin Cruiser rapidly making water, off Bishop’s Ooze, River Medway, 4 persons onboard. ALB on scene and two crew and portable pump transferred, casualty secured alongside and tow commenced to Gillingham marina, pumping of vessel continued until casualty was safely secured in the lock entrance. ALB released at 1636, returning to station at 1740. wind SW F5.
28th December All Weather lifeboat launched at 1911 to 9mtr Yacht aground on Maplin Sands after suffering complete electrical failure, 2 persons onboard. Southend Atlantic L/B also proceeding. ALB had visual contact with casualty at 1952, casualty aground just NW of Maplin Bell buoy. ALB unable to close casualty due to insuffient water, awaited arrival of Southend L/B, who once on scene transferred a crew member from the ALB to the casualty. Southend L/B then established a tow and successfully towed the casualty clear of the sands into deeper water, where the ALB then took over the tow. A second crew member from the ALB was transferred to the casualty. After a long two hour tow, the casualty was secured in Queenborough hbr. ALB returned to station and ready for service at 2355. wind SW F6 gusting 8.