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.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2154 to reports of a vulnerable male possibly entered the water at Gillingham Strand. ILB on scene at 2218, carried out search using night vision eqpt and shoreline search carried out by Sheppey & Medway CRT. Search units stood down at 2302, Police confirm person found safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 2333.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0847 to yacht reported aground with sails still set on Hoo Island. ILB arrived on scene at 0909, upon investigation, found single occupant, who lives onboard, no assistance required, happy to remain onboard the craft until next H.W then make his way back to his mooring at Strood, ILB released and returned to station at 0950. SW 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1700 to 6 mtr Angling Boat with 4 persons onboard, craft suffered outboard failure and in danger of being washed ashore onto rocks inside No 5 berth, Sheerness Docks. ILB quickly on scene, tow line secured at 1707 and craft towed clear into open water. The craft was then towed back to it’s mooring in Queenborough creek, ILB returned to station at 1757. SW 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1519 to 22ft Yacht aground on Deadman’s Island, 2 persons onboard, ILB on scene at 1523, ILB attempted to tow clear, craft moved slightly, Port Workboat also assisted, but due to falling tide, further attempts to re-float had to be abandoned, craft left with anchor out and the two persons were landed ashore at Queenborough. ILB returned to station at 1645. NW 3.
Inshore lifeboat paged at 1246 for Kite Surfer reported in difficulties off Minster. ILB cancelled at 1251, person almost ashore with assistance of a Wind Surfer. NW 5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1820 to a 30ft cabin Cruiser with fouled propeller and no electrical power at present in tow of Whitstable L/B off Whitstable area, there were two persons onboard the casualty craft. ALB on scene at 1855 approx. 4 NM East of the Spile Buoy, crewman placed onboard and the craft safely under tow at 1905, tow to Queenborough harbour passed without incident and the casualty craft was secured at 2045, ALB returned to station at 2100. NW 3.
Inshore and All weather Lifeboats paged at 0616 for report of person entered the water at Chatham, both boats requested due to prevailing weather. Both boats cancelled at 0621, person found safe ashore. Wstly 8.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1400 to report of 19ft Yacht with broken rudder, one person onboard, initial position placed the craft upriver, but after further information, craft was NW of Garrison Point. ILB located the casualty at 1430, approx. half a mile from Martello Tower. Craft taken under tow for Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured at 1510, ILB returned to station at 1525. NE 3.
Inshore lifeboat crew paged at 0955 and placed on standby as protester’s from Greenpeace had boarded a Car Carrier and the dock where it was due to berth. The ILB remained on standby until it was stood down by UKCG at 1045.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1338 to a 25ft motorboat broke down near Fowley Island in East Swale, there was one person onboard. Upon arrival of the ILB, the owner had managed to re-start his engine and ILb intended to escort the craft, but shortly after, the engine stopped again. The ILB secured a tow line and the casualty vessel was towed to Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. ILB returned to station at 1615. SW 4/5.
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.