4th April

4th April

Relief All weather lifeboat launched at 1350 to report from UKCG of a 20ft Motorboat broken down and drifting off Beeness Jetty, River Medway, one person onboard. ALB on scene at 1410, tow line passed and casualty craft safely under tow at 1415, the craft was towed to the safety of Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured on a mooring at 1455. ALB returned to station at 1507. Southerly 5/6.

24th March

24th March

Inshore lifeboat diverted from exercise at 1240 to Pan Pan call from 22ft Cruiser, broken down and drifting near Stangate Spit, River Medway. ILB on scene, within 5 minutes, a tow line was secured and the craft was towed back to it’s mooring in Queenborough Harbour. ILB returned to station at 1400. NW 1.

11th March

11th March

All weather lifeboat launched at 1225 after being tasked by the UKCG to a report from a member of the public of 4 persons frantically bailing out their dinghy near Chathamness, River Medway, the larger all weather boat was sent due to the prevailing weather. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1300, two craft from the Royal Engineer’s were already in the area along with a local marina workboat, after a thorough search by all craft, no signs of the persons or dinghy were found. The Royal Engineer’s searched up the river to Cuxton and still nothing found, further information was received, that the dinghy had been seen travelling upriver, with no signs of distress. All craft were stood down, with the lifeboat returning to station at 1425. NW 6/7.

2nd March

2nd March

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1904 after being tasked by UKCG to a report of a person stuck in the mud at base of cliffs, somewhere between Eastchurch and Minster. Going on the information provided, the lifeboat proceeded to the Eastchurch area, where the casualty using his mobile phone torch would try and attract the attention of the lifeboat crew. After sighting a light ashore, the lifeboat proceeded to that location, only to find a fisherman angling, another light was soon sighted to the West in the area of Bell Farm Lane, making best speed towards this light, the ILB located the casualty stuck in the mud almost up to his thighs, with the tide still flooding, it was decided to leave one crew member with the ILB, whilst the other three crew went ashore, where they managed to successfully extract the person by digging him out with their hands. With the person safely free of the mud, he was carried to the ILB, where due to suffering from Hypothermia, he was wrapped in a survival blanket and protective balaclava, an ambulance was requested to meet the ILB at Sheppey Yacht Club slipway. On arrival, the person was transported ashore by Sheppey CG stretcher to await the ambulance. The ILB was released at 2012 to return to station and after a thorough clean of boat and equipment, was once again ready for service at 2105. Wind WSW 4/5.

13th February

13th February

Inshore lifeboat launched at 2244 to incident at Rochester, ILB arrived on scene and stood by, whilst incident dealt with by Coastguard, Police and Fire Service. ILB released and returned to station at 0113. SW 3.