Inshore lifeboat launched at 1717 to a report of a small inflatable with 2 occupants struggling to row against the tide near the Martello Tower, Grain. ILB on scene at 1724, the occupants had managed to row out off the tide and were almost ashore, the ILB kept a watchful eye on them till they reached the shore, the ILB returned to station at 1742. Wstly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2347 after a call from the UKCG reporting an incident at Rochester, the ILB was required to carry out a search between Rochester Bridge and Gashouse Point, the ILB was on scene at 0017 and received further information that calls for help had been heard from a craft moored close to the shore. The craft was located with a female onboard with a suspected broken ankle, Medway CG and Police on scene ashore. With very poor access to the casualty, the ILB handed over the incident to Medway CG and the ILB stood off, the ILB was then released and returned to station at 0310, after the boat and its crew had removed large amounts of “Medway” mud, the ILB was ready for service at 0355. Wstly 3.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1250 to report of 34ft Sloop aground on Knock John near Tower, one person onboard, comms between casualty and CG were very poor, so contact was being made via mobile phone. Whitstable Lifeboat also proceeding, on route, advised by Whitstable, they were on scene and no sign of craft. ALB on scene at 1342, nothing visual, info was still being gleaned by the CG and person on casualty craft, reported he can see two red & white sticks with aerials and a seawall, it was believed the casualty was close to Foulness Point. Both lifeboat were stood down at 1350 and CG tasking rescue 163 to carry out shoreline search. ALB back on station at 1455. NW 5/6, rain.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1102 to vulnerable person on Rochester Bridge, ILB stood down at 1109, person had been safely removed from bridge by Police. ILB returned to station at 1118. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1625 to small speedboat with outboard failure approx. half a mile from Garrison point, 2 persons reported on board, only comms by mobile phone. ILB located casualty off Grain Spit at 1640, both persons okay, speedboat taken under tow for Queenborough causeway, where it was landed at 1656. ILB returned to station at 1710. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1958 to report of persons cut off by the tide off Grain Beach, ILB arrived in area, nothing visual, ILB returned to the Martello tower off Grain, where a number of teenagers were sighted, ILB offered assistance to help the teenagers ashore in the small boat they had with them, but the offer was refused, ILB offered safety advice, which was also declined, with little more that could be done, the ILb returned to station at 2044. SW 3, Thunderstorms.
All weather lifeboat launched at 0330 to 8mtr Fishing vessel making water near Kentish Flats Windfarm, 2 persons on board. ALB on scene at 0420, crew of vessel had found the source of water ingress and stopped engine, using their own bilge pump and with assistance of lifeboat’s salvage pump, the craft was pumped dry and taken under tow for Whitstable harbour, where it was secured at 0545. ALB released and returned to station at 0625. Variable Light Airs.
ILB launched at 1124 to 28ft Cruiser aground on Queenborough Spit, 3 persons onboard. On scene at 1128, craft hard aground, with tide still on the ebb, the craft was made secure and the 3 occupants were taken off and landed ashore at Queenborough ATL, where the owner would make arrangements for re-boarding on the flood tide. ILB returned to station at 1205. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2034 to Speedboat out of fuel with 5 persons onboard at Oakhamness Jetty, River Medway. ILB on scene at 2050, persons all well onboard, a small child onboard the speedboat was provided with a survivor blanket to protect them, craft safely under tow at 2100 and proceeded to Gillingham fuel pontoon, where craft was secured, after taken fuel and all well onboard, the ILB was released at 2202, returning to station at 2240. ESE 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1738 to a lifebuoy in the water at Rochester Bridge with possibly someone holding onto it. ILB proceeded at best speed to scene, on route ILB advised that there was also a dog in the water at Rochester struggling to reach the shore. ILB on scene at 1803, lifebuoy sighted, when recovered it was tied onto some fenders with an anchor, chain and rope attached, no signs of any persons. ILB also advised that the dog had managed to reach the shore and re-united with its owner. With everything in order, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1850, rehoused at 1930. Estly 2.
All weather lifeboat launched at 2204 to 47ft Narrowboat with engine problem reported as just East of Garrison Point. 3 persons on board. On leaving the lifeboat berth, the casualty was immediately sighted alongside one of the tugs on Sheerness Docks. ALB alongside at 2205, the craft was secured alongside the lifeboat and towed into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured at 2241. ALB released and returned to station at 2252. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1203 to report of 3 Kayakers in difficulty off Nore Marsh, River Medway, ILB made best speed in the prevailing weather, advised by CG that the kayakers were being observed by two yachts. ILB on scene at 1234, 1 kayaker had been recovered by one of the yachts and the other two were last seen trying to make the shore. ILB commenced a search of the marshes and creeks, the ILB located the 2 kayakers ashore on Bishops marsh at 1300, both were cold and wet and were taken on board the ILB, where they were landed ashore to Medway CRT at Riverside country park, the ILB returned to the marsh to recovere their kayaks, once safely ashore, the ILB returned to the yacht to recover the 3rd kayaker, who was also landed ashore to Cg. ILB returned to station at 1415, ready for service at 1450. SW 6 gusting 8.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1412 to report of yacht drifting off Chathamness, River Medway, due to an outboard fault, the ILB had to return to station at 1435, whilst fault finding was carried out, the station was advised that the yacht had been secured by a passing craft. ILB was rehoused at 1515. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0015 to a report of a vulnerable person in a distressed state on board a craft at Strood, River Medway. The ILB was stood down at 0027, when the person was reported to be safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 0039. Estly 2.