Inshore lifeboat launched at 2030 to report of small open rowing dinghy with one occupant having difficulty rowing against the tide near West Cant buoy. On scene at 2039, “Svitzer Tug” also standing by, person reported he was okay and in training for a Tournament, as the craft had no safety equipment, the person was advised to return to the beach under the escort of the ILB, once person safe ashore, the ILB was released and safety advice given by Sheppey CRT. ILB returned to station at 2123. Lt Airs, Calm.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1433 to 12 Mtr Dutch Yacht with broken rudder in vicinity of Mid Swatch buoy, 3 persons onboard, ALB on scene, a crewman was placed onboard to access the damage and after raising the anchor, a tow was established. Under tow, the yacht was veering erratically even with the sea anchor deployed, eventually, the crewman onboard managed to stabilise the yacht’s movement after successfully engaging the emergency tiller. Yacht secured in Queenborough harbour and lifeboat returned to station at 1633. Estly 2.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1335 to 44ft Dutch yacht with fouled propeller in vicinity of Princes Channel No 5 buoy, there were 3 persons onboard and no VHF, another yacht was standing by him and holding the casualty clear of the main shipping channel. ALB on scene at 1425, crewman placed onboard to assist in securing tow, with the tow secured, the ALB made passage back to Queenborough harbour, where the casualty craft was secured at 1735, ALB returning to station at 1747. Wstly 4/5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1035 to 10 Mtr Motor Sailer, with engine failure and experiencing difficulty in sailing back in, current position near Knock John Tower, some 17 miles from station. ALB was on scene at 1135, all 3 persons onboard craft okay, a tow was established and the craft was towed back into Queenborough harbour, being finally secured alongside at 1450. Wstly 5.
Inshore lifeboat proceeding to Lifeboat Open Day towed the small Yacht, that was in trouble the previous evening from the Lower Camber basin to Queenborough, securing it at 1115. Wstly 4.
Whilst at Open Day, the Inshore lifeboat was tasked to a40ft Dutch Yacht with a fouled propeller in Queenborough Harbour, with the assistance of Queenborough Harbour Trot Boat, they freed the yacht from the mooring’s and anchored it in a position where the craft could dry out at L.W. The ILB then returned to Open Day duties at 1310. Wstly 4.
Crew assembled at 1630 to incident in East Swale being dealt with by Whitstable Lifeboat. Crew stood down at 1649, Whitstable lifeboat landing persons back at their station.
ILB crew assembled at 2153 to report of small Yacht trapped under berth No 1 at Sheerness, crew were stood down at 2202, when local workboat assisted yacht back into Lower Camber.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2304 to report of Jet Ski broken down between Queenborough and Sheppey Crossing, ILB located the jet Skier just to the West of Long Point, owner taken onboard and the jet Ski was towed to the all tide landing in Queenborough, where they were met by Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station at 0030. Wstly 4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1338 to report of drifting dinghy in vicinity of Queenborough harbour with one teenage person onboard. ILB on scene at 1347, casualty aground on mudflats, some 50 mtrs from the water’s edge and approx. 150 mtrs from the shore. Crewman made his way slowly across the mud, person okay, but too dangerous to extricate him back to ILB, as he was ill dressed for being afloat and had no safety equipment with him. Crewman returned to ILB and proceeded to another craft, where his Mother was onboard, after collecting lifejacket and foul weather clothing, food and drink, the ILB returned to the casualty and clothing was walked across to him. Person was happy to remain onboard his dinghy and with UKCG in agreement, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1500. Wstly 6.
All weather lifeboat launched at 2125 to a report of a vessel on fire approx. 6 miles off of Leysdown on a bearing towards the Kentish Wind farm, ALB made best speed to the area on the Western edge of the windfarm, nothing seen visually, with further info from Sheppey Cg, that they could still see a “Glow” in that direction, it was ascertained, that they were looking a the glow of a vessel’s working decklights in the Princes channel. With the UKCG confident, that no craft were in distress, the ALB was released along with Whitstable lifeboat. ALB returned to station at 2310. SW 4/5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1957 to a 8 Mtr Yacht with engine failure, experiencing difficulty making headway in prevailing conditions, 2 adults & 2 children onboard, who were frightful of their situation. Initial position put yacht 2 miles from Kingsnorth, but on contacting the yacht, their position was in the Medway Approach channel. Lifeboat on scene at 2020, one crewman placed onboard, the two children & their Mum were taken onboard the lifeboat and a tow was established, the yacht was towed to a safe berth in Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2215.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1636 to 10 Mtr Yacht broken down and at anchor near Grain Edge, 2 persons onboard. On scene with yacht at 1650, near Mid Swatch buoy, Yacht taken under tow and towed to a safe mooring in Queenborough harbour. Lifeboat returned to station at 1755. Sthly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1215 to report of 20ft Craft broken down and at anchor off entrance to Stangate Creek, 2 persons onboard. ILB on scene at 1222, tow established with craft and towed to Queenborough harbour, with all being well, the ILB returned to station at 1317. NW 2.