All weather lifeboat launched at 2327 to 9 mtr Cruiser “El Quio” with two persons onboard towing another 9 mtr craft with no persons onboard, craft suffered machinery failure, no VHF and mobile phone, last position reported that casualty could see a buoy with a flashing sequence of 3 every 10secs. Margate Lifeboat also launched to assist.
Area around S.Shoebury buoy and Shoebury beacon searched, nothing sighted, ALB proceeded to Blacktail Spit, casualty located at anchor to North of buoy. Crewmember put onboard & both craft taken under tow for the Medway, Sheerness ALB quite happy to tow both craft, so Margate ALB was released. Tow passed without incident and craft secured in Queenborough at 0250, ALB returned to station at 0335. Var 2/3. Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms.