Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 19:26 on Tuesday 24 August to respond to reports of a 36’ motor cruiser with two people onboard that was aground off of the Isle of Grain a short distance from the lifeboat station.
Launching at 19:46 with a crew of five the Lifeboat was on scene at 20:00 where the vessel was found to be hard aground South East of the Mid Swatch Buoy.
Whilst assessing this incident the Lifeboat was further tasked to respond to a PanPan call from another vessel in the vicinity, which was also reported to be aground.
The Lifeboat located this craft at 20:15 and having attached a towline the vessel was quickly pulled clear and into deeper water. The ALB was released from this incident at 20:30 and returned to the initial casualty which was found to still be in water too shallow for the Lifeboat to assist.
Following discussions with the UK Coastguard and the people on the stranded craft the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to moorings at 21:14 with the crew tasked to re- launch at 23:00. The casualty was eventually re-floated at 01:00 and with a towline attached was taken to the Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was secured 01:50
Having been released from the incident the ALB was back on her moorings and ready for further service 02:30. Wind F5 N/NE Sea state slight, visibility good.