3rd July

Inshore lifeboat with a crew of three launched twice on Friday 3 July to separate incidents involving craft with mechanical issues and requiring assistance. The first call was to a Jet Ski with problems in the Thames Estuary followed later that day by a call to Upnor, in the River Medway, to a dinghy with engine problems and its lone occupant who was feeling unwell.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1238  after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a Jet ski with one person onboard that had broken down and was drifting East of Allhallows on Sea in the Thames estuary close to the entrance to Yantlet Creek. The casualty was located at 1254 and was quickly taken under tow back to the shore with its occupant.
The lifeboat was released at 1315 and returned to station at 2337. Wind SW 5/6.
Later that day at 1549 the crew of the inshore lifeboat were called out again by the UK Coastguard to assist a man who was feeling unwell and in difficulties in a dinghy at Upnor in the River Medway.
Having launched at 1613 the lifeboat made best speed in the prevailing conditions and located the casualty at 1653. The man had managed to get to a pontoon close to Chatham marina which unfortunately for him did not have access to the shore. The crew quickly rigged a tow line and took the dinghy and its occupant to Sun Pier, Chatham, where friends were waiting to assist him.
The lifeboat was released at 1717 and was back on station at 1750 where after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for further service.
Wind W force 6 .