Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ launched at 09:45 on Saturday 04 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 20mtr Dutch Barge with two people onboard that had suffered a de-masting close to Sheerness.
The casualty vessel was found to be alongside the Royal Bridge in Sheerness Docks,where one of the two people onboard was already ashore and in the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, after sustaining crush injuries to his hand.
With help from the Sheppey Coastguard team the lifeboat crew raised the broken section of mast and secured it to the vessels deck. The main mast was moved to allow operation of the crafts tiller.
The lifeboat then escorted the barge to Queenborough Harbour and assisted its mooring-up to the concrete lighter.
The ALB was stood down at 11:50 and was back on her moorings at 12:00.
The crew of the inshore lifeboat were also called out by the UK Coastguard later in the day at 18:36 to investigate reports of a possible body on the shore opposite the Medway Town Rowing Club at Wickham Reach. Having arrived on scene at 19:08 the crew found nothing untoward other than an amount of flotsam and were stood down at 19:17 and were back on station at 20:00.
Weather part cloud, wind E 4 with slight seas and good visibility.