All weather and Inshore lifeboats launched at 0016 & 0023 to a report of a person on board a craft off Gillingham Strand with a severe arm injury. Both lifeboats on scene at 0038, two casualty care trained crew embarked by ILB and taken across to craft, after initial assessment, the person was embarked by ILB and landed ashore into the care of CG and Paramedics, the ILB then returned to the craft and embarked a second person and landed him ashore. ILB then returned to the craft and made it secure on a mooring. Both lifeboats were released and returned to station at 0137. Easterly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1139 to a report from a member of the public of a craft on its side approx. 1 mile off Minster Leas, ILB arrived in area and carried out a search of the area, nothing visual, after talking to members of the public and some kayakers in area, who had also seen nothing, the ILB was released by the UKCG and returned to station at 1233. Easterly 3.
ALL weather lifeboat tasked at 1330 on leaving Gillingham marina after routine maintenance to a 30ft Cruiser putting out a ‘Pan Pan’ call after going aground and losing propulsion on Bishops Marsh opposite Kingsnorth jetty, 4 pob. ALB on scene at 1343, line passed to craft and towed clear into deeper water, casualty in tow for Gillingham marina at 1345, all well onboard, craft handed over to marina workboat and lifeboat released and returned to station at 1440. Estly 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1726 to report of small inflatable having difficulty in getting back to the shore off Sheerness Seafront, 3 people reported on board. ILB on scene at 1732, dinghy with two children being walked ashore by 1 adult, ILB crew hailed person and not in any danger, person only up to his knees in water. ILB watched the persons get to shore and then returned to station at 1742. Estly 2/3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1606 to vulnerable person on Rochester Bridge, ILB stood down at 1614, person now safe with Police off bridge. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1645. Sthly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1823 to small inflatable dinghy with outboard failure, one person on board, drifting approx half a mile off Minster. ILB on scene at 1834, person taken on board ILB and dinghy taken under tow, proceeding to the Shingle Bank. Casualty safe ashore at 1857 with Sheppey CRT. ILB returned to station at 1913, ready for service at 1930. SW 4.
All weather lifeboat launched at 2356 to the 30ft Yacht from previous day, reported to be in difficulty again, this time with two persons on board. Craft reported to be in same position, but upon arrival on scene, no signs of craft and only comms by mobile phone, further info gleaned stated, that the craft may be off Sheerness seafront. Casualty located at 0030, at anchor close the Sheerness Outfall buoy, UKCG concerned for the safety of occupants, the craft was taken under tow and secured in Queenborough Harbour, where the lifeboat was met by Sheppey CRT. ALB returned to station at 0135 and ready for service at 0150. SW 4. (Owner had returned to craft in evening and pumped craft out and attempting to sail back to Gillingham).
All weather lifeboat launched at 2315 to 30ft Yacht aground on Grain Outfall and taking on water. 1 person on board, ALB on scene at 2318, Yacht being illuminated by Svitzer tugs Monarch and Harty. ALB closed the casualty and managed to recover the occupant from the forward part of craft, which was by now almost under water. The person apart from being wet, had suffered no injuries. ALB returned to the boathouse to await Sheppey CRT, whilst waiting, the ILB was launched to attempt to secure the yacht to the outfall beacon. The ALB returned to provide illumination and safety cover, the ILB managed to successfully secure a rope between the yacht and beacon, thus avoiding a navigational hazard. Both lifeboat returned to station at 0040, ready for service at 0100. SW 2.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 0044 to report of vulnerable person intent on entering the water at St Mary’s Island. Launch cancelled by UKCG at 0048, person safe with Police.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1637 to report of dog swum out approx. 1 mile from Minster Leas and will not return, CG concerned that owner will enter water after the dog. Launch cancelled at 1644, dog returned to shore safely.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1828 to 26ft Motor Sailer with machinery failure near Grain Edge buoy, one person onboard. On scene 1835, owner had managed to resolve the problem and with engine now running okay, was happy to continue his passage to Gravesend. ALB returned to station at 1850. NW 2.