All weather lifeboat launched at 0445 to attempt to re-float the Dutch barge aground at Warden Point, Whitstable lifeboat has also been launched to assist in the shallow waters at base of cliffs. With both lifeboats on scene, the Whitstable lifeboat run the ALB’s tow rope across to the casualty. With it now being the top of the tide, steady weight was put on the tow and the Dutch barge was slowly towed clear of the shore, after initial checks were made for damage, the craft was placed on a suitable length of tow and towed back to Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured on the commercial moorings at 0725. The lifeboat returned to station at 0735. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1628 to a report of a 32ft yacht had struck an inward bound cargo vessel, it was not known if anyone had been injured. With information from Medway VTS, the yacht was located still underway with sails set North of the Nore Swatch buoy. Having boarded the yacht, crew members found the lone occupant in a very confused and dazed condition having suffered a Hypoglycaemic episode, the crew administered casualty care and once his condition stabilised, the yacht now under power, was brought back to the Lower Camber at Sheerness, where it was secured, the gentleman was brought ashore to wait for an ambulance to take over his care, Estly 3/4.
The All weather lifeboat was launched at 1740 to a report of a 27 metre Dutch barge aground off Warden Point with 3 persons on board. The ALB was on scene and located the barge hard aground under the cliffs at Warden, with the ebb tide, the owner and his crew were happy to remain on board until the next H.W, the ALB returned to station at 1845. Estly 3/4.
Whilst the ALB was at sea, the Inshore lifeboat had been re-tasked at 1839 to a report of a vulnerable male missing in the Rochester area of the River Medway, the ILB arrived on scene and commenced a search from Sun Pier upriver towards Rochester Bridge, the ILB received information at 1935, that the person had been located in a car park at Strood unconscious, Medway CRT on scene. At the same time, the ILB was re-tasked to a 8 metre Cruiser broken down with 5 persons on board near the M2 Motorway bridge, the ILB proceeded and arrived on scene at 1940, the craft was taken under tow for Cuxton Marina, where it was secured at 2005. On leaving Cuxton, the ILB was re-tasked at 2010, to a report of two females in a precarious position on the wrong side of the railings on Rochester Bridge, the ILB stood by, whilst Kent Police talked to the females and finally persuaded them to return to the safe side of the railings and off the bridge. The ILB was released at 2027 and finally returned to station and was re-housed ready for service at 2140. Estly 3.