Inshore lifeboat launched at 1613 to report of jet Ski broken down off Minster. ILB arrived on scene at 1623, Jet Ski had drifted into shallow water and was towing small rubber ring. Four persons with casualty, ILB recovered the persons and took them back to the shingle bank at Minster, then returned and recovered the jet Ski, towing it back to shore. The ILB was released and returned to station at 1723, being ready for service at 1744. SW 1.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1244 to source interference on emergency channel 16, which was blocking out channel. Using radar information from London VTS and lifeboat’s direction finding equipment, the source of interference, was located to a fishing vessel operating off Shoebury, once radio was turned off, the interference ceased, ALB released and returned to station and ready for service at 1330. Estly 1, fog patches.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2214 to report of person in the water near Rochester Bridge. ILB on scene at 2308, search of river carried out, nothing untoward found. The ILB was stood down by UKCG at 2335, ILB returned to station and ready for service at 0120. Estly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1505 to a Speedboat broken down off Minster Beach with 2 persons on board, the ILB quickly located the stricken craft, with both persons okay, the craft was towed back to the shingle bank at Minster, the ILB returned to station and was ready for service at 1605. Estly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1738 to reports of a craft aground in the entrance of Stangate Creek, ILB on scene at 1748, where they found the crew of a craft struggling to recover their anchor, the ILB stood by until the anchor was clear and craft safely underway. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1900. Estly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2341 following report from UKCG of a person on board a Yacht moored at Upnor, suffering a severe Panic attack. ILB on scene at 0006, person and another crewman evacuated from the yacht and landed ashore at Chatham Dockyard into the care of Medway CG and Ambulance. ILB released and returned to station at 0114. Estly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0210 to report of vulnerable person possibly entered the river at Gillingham Strand. ILB encountered dense fog on route to scene, arriving on scene at 0249, a shoreline search was carried out with UKCG, with nothing found the ILB was released and returned to station and was refuelled, ready for service at 0415. Lt Airs. Var.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0709 to report of person seen in the water near M2 Bridge, Rochester. ILB on scene at 0740 and immediately commenced a search of the river along with other agencies. At 0934, with nothing found and no further information, the ILB was released from the search to return to station. ILB arrived back on station and was refuelled, ready for service at 1035. NE 1.
All weather lifeboat launched at 0350 to report of a small dinghy/speedboat on fire off Garrison Point. On launching advised by Medway VTS that a target was on their radar drifting towards the North Kent buoy on West shore. ALB located a small partially burnt out dinghy neat the outfall beacon on West shore, no signs of recent occupation, dinghy taken under tow very slowly back towards the lifeboat station, in the meantime Sheppey CRT carrying out investigations ashore. The dinghy was recovered ashore at the station and handed over to members of the CG team, the lifeboat crew were requested to remain on standby whilst CG made further enquires. CG later advised the lifeboat, that the dinghy may have been stolen from the seafront and set alight along with a number of flares being fired. The lifeboat was stood down at 0515. Wind variable, light airs.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1608 to “mayday” call from Yacht with engine failure, 2 persons onboard, craft East of Garrison Point. As the lifeboat was rounding Garrison Point, the UKCG stood the lifeboat down, yacht now regained engine power and no longer required assistance. ALB returned to its moorings. NE 4.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1732 to a 28ft Craft with propeller fouled by a string of crab pots, which were still on seabed. Position just South of the Red Sand Towers, 2 persons on board. ALB on scene at 1807, crew managed to cut the remaining pots free, but the craft’s propeller was still fouled by rope. The craft was taken under tow for Sheerness, where once alongside, a further attempt was made to free the propeller, but to no avail. The craft was secured for the night, until the owner could arrange a tow back to Gillingham marina. The lifeboat was back in it’s berth and ready for service at 2037. Var 1.