Inshore lifeboat launched at 2158 to report of small rowing boat with one occupant attempting to tow a 18ft Cabin Boat near Darnettness, River Medway. On scene at 2230, both craft taken under tow and towed to a secure mooring off Gillingham Strand. ILB returned to station at 2355. NW 2.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1535 to report of a 25ft Yacht in difficulties off Kingsnorth jetty, River Medway. On route to casualty, lifeboat was advised that it was reported that another yacht had taken casualty under tow, but not confirmed, lifeboat requested to continue. On scene at 1557, the casualty was in fact under tow of another yacht and was going to be placed on a mooring off Gillingham Marina, once this was safely done, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 1700 amid heavy rain and thunderstorms. Westerly 6 to 8.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1611 to report of a 25ft Yacht in difficulties to the west of Nore Marsh, River Medway, due to the inclement weather, the All weather lifeboat launched at 1620 to provide back up and safety cover. Both lifeboats proceeded upriver, no comms with casualty, but visual contact was made at 1638, a craft answering the description was seen sailing down South Yantlet creek and then crossed the marshes into Long Reach, at this point the occupants could be seen waving for assistance, both lifeboats on scene, the ILB crew reported there were 5 male occupants, all without safety equipment and ill dressed for the weather, they were transferred by the ILB across to the ALB, a towline was then secured and the casualty taken under tow for Queenborough harbour, once in the safety of the harbour, the ILB secured alongside and secured the yacht to a mooring buoy. The 5 occupants from craft were landed ashore into the care of Sheppey CRT. Both lifeboat returned to station at 1805. SW force 6 gusting to 9.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2030 to report of small open rowing dinghy with one occupant having difficulty rowing against the tide near West Cant buoy. On scene at 2039, “Svitzer Tug” also standing by, person reported he was okay and in training for a Tournament, as the craft had no safety equipment, the person was advised to return to the beach under the escort of the ILB, once person safe ashore, the ILB was released and safety advice given by Sheppey CRT. ILB returned to station at 2123. Lt Airs, Calm.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1433 to 12 Mtr Dutch Yacht with broken rudder in vicinity of Mid Swatch buoy, 3 persons onboard, ALB on scene, a crewman was placed onboard to access the damage and after raising the anchor, a tow was established. Under tow, the yacht was veering erratically even with the sea anchor deployed, eventually, the crewman onboard managed to stabilise the yacht’s movement after successfully engaging the emergency tiller. Yacht secured in Queenborough harbour and lifeboat returned to station at 1633. Estly 2.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1335 to 44ft Dutch yacht with fouled propeller in vicinity of Princes Channel No 5 buoy, there were 3 persons onboard and no VHF, another yacht was standing by him and holding the casualty clear of the main shipping channel. ALB on scene at 1425, crewman placed onboard to assist in securing tow, with the tow secured, the ALB made passage back to Queenborough harbour, where the casualty craft was secured at 1735, ALB returning to station at 1747. Wstly 4/5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1035 to 10 Mtr Motor Sailer, with engine failure and experiencing difficulty in sailing back in, current position near Knock John Tower, some 17 miles from station. ALB was on scene at 1135, all 3 persons onboard craft okay, a tow was established and the craft was towed back into Queenborough harbour, being finally secured alongside at 1450. Wstly 5.
Inshore lifeboat proceeding to Lifeboat Open Day towed the small Yacht, that was in trouble the previous evening from the Lower Camber basin to Queenborough, securing it at 1115. Wstly 4.
Whilst at Open Day, the Inshore lifeboat was tasked to a40ft Dutch Yacht with a fouled propeller in Queenborough Harbour, with the assistance of Queenborough Harbour Trot Boat, they freed the yacht from the mooring’s and anchored it in a position where the craft could dry out at L.W. The ILB then returned to Open Day duties at 1310. Wstly 4.
Crew assembled at 1630 to incident in East Swale being dealt with by Whitstable Lifeboat. Crew stood down at 1649, Whitstable lifeboat landing persons back at their station.
ILB crew assembled at 2153 to report of small Yacht trapped under berth No 1 at Sheerness, crew were stood down at 2202, when local workboat assisted yacht back into Lower Camber.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2304 to report of Jet Ski broken down between Queenborough and Sheppey Crossing, ILB located the jet Skier just to the West of Long Point, owner taken onboard and the jet Ski was towed to the all tide landing in Queenborough, where they were met by Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station at 0030. Wstly 4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1338 to report of drifting dinghy in vicinity of Queenborough harbour with one teenage person onboard. ILB on scene at 1347, casualty aground on mudflats, some 50 mtrs from the water’s edge and approx. 150 mtrs from the shore. Crewman made his way slowly across the mud, person okay, but too dangerous to extricate him back to ILB, as he was ill dressed for being afloat and had no safety equipment with him. Crewman returned to ILB and proceeded to another craft, where his Mother was onboard, after collecting lifejacket and foul weather clothing, food and drink, the ILB returned to the casualty and clothing was walked across to him. Person was happy to remain onboard his dinghy and with UKCG in agreement, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1500. Wstly 6.
All weather lifeboat launched at 2125 to a report of a vessel on fire approx. 6 miles off of Leysdown on a bearing towards the Kentish Wind farm, ALB made best speed to the area on the Western edge of the windfarm, nothing seen visually, with further info from Sheppey Cg, that they could still see a “Glow” in that direction, it was ascertained, that they were looking a the glow of a vessel’s working decklights in the Princes channel. With the UKCG confident, that no craft were in distress, the ALB was released along with Whitstable lifeboat. ALB returned to station at 2310. SW 4/5.