6th July


Inshore lifeboat diverted from exercise to small speedboat observed aground on Grain Shore, crew attempted to walk to craft, but had to return to ILB due to the soft mud. Assistance was requested from Southend Hovercraft, who duly arrived on scene, footprints seen from craft to shore, but personal belongings still onboard. ILB returned to boathouse to collect makeshift anchor and then returned to hovercraft, ILB released and returned to station at 2316. SW 2.