All Weather Lifeboat launched at 2040 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 28ft cabin cruiser, with one man on board, reported with engine failure in Saltpan Reach, River Medway. The ALB located the craft on the edge of the waterline at Elphinstone Point and attempted to get close enough to pass a tow-line, but with the falling tide had to withdraw due to there being insufficient depth of water. After some discussion the owner said he would be happy to remain onboard until the next tide and would make his own arrangements to get the craft recovered.
The lifeboat was released and returned to station at 2130. Easterly force 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0110 to reports of a 22-foot yacht with one man onboard that had fouled its propeller near to the West Nore Buoy in the Thames estuary. The casualty craft was towing another yacht that was unmanned.
The lifeboat was on the scene at 0132 where a Pilot Cutter and a Kent Police RHIB were also in attendance with the casualty. The crew of the Police vessel said they were happy to tow both the yachts back to Queenborough Harbour with the agreement of the UK Coastguard. This was ok’d, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 0152. NNE 3
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat the ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1110 on Tuesday 17 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 29-foot fishing smack, built in 1860, with mechanical problems. The craft was reported to be approximately 800 yards west of the Red Sands Towers and had two people onboard.
Having arrived on the scene the casualty was found close to Middle Sands, an area South of the original reported position. Both persons onboard reported they were ok and well so a line was passed and secured and their craft was taken under tow. As the fishing smack had been making for Oare Creek before encountering its problems the decision was made to tow it to a mooring off the creek to wait for a workboat from the boatyard to assist. The ALB was released and returned to station via the East and West Swale Channel arriving back on station at 1440. N force 3
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1845 to 6 Mtr Motorboat out of fuel and at anchor, just East of Garrison Point. 3 pob. ILB arrived on scene, tow secured and casualty craft towed back to it’s mooring in Queenborough harbour, ILB landed the persons ashore safe and well. ILB returned to station at 1947. SW 1.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0041 to incident at Sheerness Seafront. On scene at 0048, incident dealt with by Kent Fire & Rescue along with Secamb, CG & Police. ILB stood down at 0055, returning to station at 0105. Wstly 3.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 10.04 and launched at 10.20 on Friday 6 September in response to a ‘Mayday’ call from a 22-foot yacht which reportedly had a fouled anchor between Red Sand Towers and Princes No 8 buoy in the Thames Estuary
The tug ‘Sandsfoot Castle’ was on the scene and trying to assist the yacht after answering the casualty’s ‘Mayday’ call.
Whilst on route the lifeboat was advised that the yachts anchor had been recovered and the craft was now underway. Further information was received by the lifeboat from the dredger “Arco Beck”, which was at anchor in the Mouse anchorage, that he could see the yacht heading North.
Contact was made from the lifeboat with the casualty on VHF and a D/F bearing obtained. Visual contact was made shortly after with the yacht, which it was noted only had a storm jib in place.
The ALB came alongside the casualty at 11.00 and the occupant reported that he was totally exhausted due to the poor weather conditions. The decision was made to put a crewman onboard to assist, which was safely done.A tow line was passed and the casualty was safely under tow at 11.15.
Due the prevailing weather conditions at the scene it was decided to tow the casualty downwind and sea towards the River Crouch on the Essex coast.
The UK Coastguard were advised of this decision and were requested to launch Burnham RNLI lifeboat to take over the tow, which was done and the Sheerness lifeboat proceeded towards the rendezvous point of Whitaker No 6 buoy where the tow was transferred to the Burnham lifeboat at 13.00
The Sheerness ALB was released at 13.02 and returned to station at 14.15 and ready for service again at 14.45. West South West force 6.