Sheerness all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson launched at 14:20 on Thursday 3 June to a pre-arranged launch via the UK Coastguard to provide safety cover and escort a Royal Engineers EOD (Explosives Ordnance Disposal) RHIB craft to a dredger moored in the Southend Anchorages that had picked up suspected ordnance whilst dredging.
The ALB commenced the escort at 14:45 from Sheerness Harbour arriving at the moored dredging vessel at 15:05.
The EOD crew quickly had the suspected ordnance onboard their craft and with the lifeboat escorting they headed back to Queenborough Harbour for them to recover their vessel and its cargo from the water but with unfavourable tidal conditions the EOD subsequently decided to recover at the Kingsferry landing.
The lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07, returned to station at 16:15 and was ready for service at 16:25
WSW 4-5 knots.