23rd August

Sheerness relief ILB was tasked at 19:02 to reports of an inflatable dinghy secured to a Navigation Mark , West of Hoo Island, River Medway. Launching at 19:15 the ILB had to return to station due to an issue with the outboard, the Coastguard were updated.                                                         The ILB was recovered and the issue remedied, the Coastguard was contacted for an update, passing vessels had reported to VTS & subsequently the Coastguard that the dinghy was’ high and dry’ approx 150m from the shore and no persons seen. With this information at 19:49 the UK Coastguard informed the ILB to stand down as a launch would not be required. SW 2/3.