All weather lifeboat launched at 0350 to report of a small dinghy/speedboat on fire off Garrison Point. On launching advised by Medway VTS that a target was on their radar drifting towards the North Kent buoy on West shore. ALB located a small partially burnt out dinghy neat the outfall beacon on West shore, no signs of recent occupation, dinghy taken under tow very slowly back towards the lifeboat station, in the meantime Sheppey CRT carrying out investigations ashore. The dinghy was recovered ashore at the station and handed over to members of the CG team, the lifeboat crew were requested to remain on standby whilst CG made further enquires. CG later advised the lifeboat, that the dinghy may have been stolen from the seafront and set alight along with a number of flares being fired. The lifeboat was stood down at 0515. Wind variable, light airs.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1608 to “mayday” call from Yacht with engine failure, 2 persons onboard, craft East of Garrison Point. As the lifeboat was rounding Garrison Point, the UKCG stood the lifeboat down, yacht now regained engine power and no longer required assistance. ALB returned to its moorings. NE 4.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1732 to a 28ft Craft with propeller fouled by a string of crab pots, which were still on seabed. Position just South of the Red Sand Towers, 2 persons on board. ALB on scene at 1807, crew managed to cut the remaining pots free, but the craft’s propeller was still fouled by rope. The craft was taken under tow for Sheerness, where once alongside, a further attempt was made to free the propeller, but to no avail. The craft was secured for the night, until the owner could arrange a tow back to Gillingham marina. The lifeboat was back in it’s berth and ready for service at 2037. Var 1.
Inshore lifeboat crew paged at 0114 to incident on Rochester rail bridge, launch cancelled at 0125, incident resolved.
Inshore & All weather lifeboat launched at approx 1400 after a man was taken ill on board a yacht in the River Medway, having made best speed to the given area, nothing untoward was found, both lifeboats proceeded upriver, where they received information from another yacht, that the craft in question was now alongside at Medway Yacht Club pontoon. Having located the craft, the crew from both lifeboats gave casualty care assistance to the man until he was transferred to a Kent Ambulance. both lifeboats returned to station and were ready for service at 1635. Easterly 2.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1728 to 15mtr Cruiser making water with 2 persons onboard in Long Reach, River Medway. ALB advised that casualty had been taken in tow by another craft. Lifeboat on scene at 1746 and alongside craft, which was secured alongside the lifeboat, portable pump placed onboard and engine compartment pumped dry, with the craft having no propulsion, it was manoeuvred safely into the locks at Gillingham Marina, where it was made secure. ALB released and returned to station at 1856. Estly 2/3.
Inshore lifeboat crew paged at 1754 to report of Person reported in the water at Chatham, launch cancelled, person recovered safe and well by Fire Service.
All weather lifeboat launched at 0235 to a report of a 39ft Dutch Cruiser with 1 person on board, broken down and at anchor, 1 mile west of Southend Pier. ALB arrived in area at 0251, nothing visual or on radar, with mobile phone the only means of communication, the UKCG were asked to get further info from casualty on what they could see. The lifeboat fired two white parachute illuminating flares in the hope og getting a response, shortly after, a white flashing light was seen in a position at the top end of “Ray Gut” off Southend. With a falling tide and insufficient water for the ALB, Southend Lifeboat was requested, once on scene, the Southend lifeboat towed the casualty into deeper water and headed for a safe mooring. The ALB was released and returned to station at 0502. Sthly 3/4.