Inshore lifeboat launched at 1606 to report of person threatening to enter the River Medway at Chatham, ILB arrived on scene and commenced search of the River up to Rochester Bridge, UKCG shore teams searching the shore line, with nothing found, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 1820. Var 1.
Inshore lifeboat crew paged at 0848, but whilst crew were mustering, UKCG cancelled the launch at 0854.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1400 in winds gusting up to 57 knots to a report from UKCG of a Yacht with one person onboard broke free from it’s moorings off Gillingham, on scene at 1430 along with Kent Police RHIB, ALB stood off, whilst Police boat re-secured craft to mooring posts, with craft all secure and owner happy to remain onboard, both craft were released at 1530, the ALB returning to station at 1606. Wstly force 7-10.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2002 to report of person in a dangerous position on Rochester Bridge, the ILB however, was stood down at 2006, person now safe. ILB recovered and re-housed. Wstly 4/5.
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.