18th September

18th September

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

17th September

17th September

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