8th August

All weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 2155, tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist the Southend RNLI lifeboat who had been called out to a 30 foot steel cruiser, with three people onboard, that was leaking and had mechanical problems.
The Southend lifeboat was located west of the South Shoebury buoy some five miles from Garrison Point and had the casualty craft under tow when the Sheerness lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2215.
The towline was transferred to the bigger Sheerness lifeboat and a crew member was put onboard the casualty with assistance from the Southend lifeboat.
The tow commenced at 2227 heading for the Queenborough all tide landing where the craft was made secure at midnight and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance. ALB returned to station at 0010. SE 3.