All weather lifeboat launched at 1105 in response to call from UKCG of a small canoe drifting in the shipping channel near Oaze Buoy, 8 nautical miles from station, arriving on scene the ALB carried out search pattern’s provided by the UKCG, with nothing found in the prevailing condition’s, the ALB was stood down at 1330, returning to station at 1350 and ready for service at 1437. WNW 7.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1513 after a call from UKCG of a vulnerable male reported missing in the area of Sun Pier, Chatham and it was thought he may have entered the water. ILB on scene at 1542 and along with Shore teams from Medway & Sheppey CG & Police, a thorough search of the river was carried out. With nothing found and no further information, the ILB was released at 1709, returning to station at 1748. SW 3/4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2256 in response from a call from UKCG of a distressed and vulnerable female that was in the water on a mud bank close to the wall of Gillingham Marina. With the tide rising, the ILB made best speed to the scene, where they arrived at 2314 and were requested to stand off whilst a Police team attempted to calm the person and persuade her to come ashore, teams from Kent Fire & Rescue and Medway CG also on scene. With the female safely ashore at 2331, the ILB was released and returned to station at 2355. Wstly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1510 to request from UKCG of a small single occupant Hovercraft in need of assistance between Ridham Dock & Kingsferry Bridge in Swale, ILB arrived on scene to find the Hovercraft aground on mud, the ILB awaited the tide to re-float the Hovercraft and then towed it back to the launch ramp at Kingsferry. Once safe ashore, the ILB was released at 1623, returning to station at 1636. NW 3/4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1430 to report of dog cut off by the tide on Stoke Marshes, the owner was concerned and unable to recall his dog, the ILB arrived on scene and located the dog and safely recovered it from the marshy outcrop and re-united it with his owner, the owner and dog were landed ashore to be met by Medway CG. The ILB then returned to station at 1530. SW 5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 2140 to 24ft craft aground on Maplin Sands, one person and dog onboard, as the person had health issues, the UKCG were concerned for his safety. ALB on scene in area at 2230, followed by the Southend Lifeboat, two crew from the ALB were transferred to Southend, who then creeped in across the sands to the casualty, ALB crew transferred to craft and a tow was connected, the Southend L/B making their way out into deeper water, where the tow was transferred to the ALB at 0010, the ALB then made the slow passage back to Sheerness, due to the size of the craft and the prevailing weather. The casualty was eventually secured in Queenborough Harbour at 0235, being met by Sheppey Cg, who took the person and his dog ashore to await an ambulance, the ALB crew then pumped out the craft as it had shipped a considerable amount of water on the tow back. Once all clear, the ALB departed Queenborough and returned to station at 0325, being ready for service at 0400. SW 8.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2210 to report of person in the water near Rochester Bridge, ILB proceeding at best speed. At approx. 2247, the ILB was stood down by UKCG, person confirmed not to have entered the water. ILB returned to station at 2320. Wstly 4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1455 to report of 24ft Motor Boat making water and in danger of sinking off Sun Pier, Chatham, one person onboard. ILB located casualty craft at 1525 upstream of Sun Pier, owner managed to bail craft out, but concerned about being afloat. ILB towed craft to Strood, where the craft was secured in a drying out berth, once owner safe ashore, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1650. Var, Light Airs.
ILB re-paged at 0009 to the vulnerable person at seafront, incident ongoing and Police concerned, that the person may try to enter the water, ILB requested to standby at the station. The ILB was eventually stood down at 0117, person now removed to a place of safety. SE 2.
Inshore lifeboat paged at 2344 to report of vulnerable female on the beach at Sheerness, the ILB was stood down at 2357, Police now on scene.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1602 to report of small Yacht in difficulties off Chatham Historic Dockyard, on route it was confirmed that craft was now aground, upstream of Thunderbolt Pier. ILB almost on scene at 1642, when UKCG re-tasked the ILB to report of person seen to have jumped from M2 Bridge, Rochester. ILB on scene at 1652, commenced search of Bridge along with Sheppey & Medway CRT, the search was joined by Police Helicopter and CG Rescue Helicopter. With the loss of daylight and the area thoroughly searched, the ILB was released at 1825. On returning downriver, the ILB checked on the initial Yacht, which had now lines to the shore and all okay. The ILB was re-tasked at 1844 to a further incident, a small yacht had been reported close to the beach, just East of Garrison Point, with the ILB still upriver, three crew from station were sent to the scene dressed with suitable drysuits, lifejackets, etc, they made contact with the owner, who was low on fuel and struggling against the wind, they re-assured the owner, that the ILB was on route. The ILB arrived on scene at 1918, due to the wind, the yacht was towed into the safety of the Lower Camber at Sheerness, where it was secured, the ILB was made ready for service at 2027. SW 6 gusting 8.