5th July

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1229 on Sunday 5 July to assist a 32-foot yacht suffering mechanical issues and with the prevailing weather conditions at the time was in difficulties close to the busy Sea Reach Channel in the Thames estuary.
Having launched at 1245 with a crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1305.  The yacht had been on route from Gravesend to Queenborough when it got into difficulties and was being shadowed by the Gravesend RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat which had initially been called to its assistance. With the arrival of the bigger Sheerness lifeboat on the scene a towline was passed to the yacht, which was then towed to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured at 1428 and its three occupants passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ALB returned to its mooring at 1440 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service again.  Wind WSW 6.