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Date: 12th December 2015

Wind: SW 5

Launch Time: 13.04

Recovery Time: 14.07

Crew: Mike Keam, Dave Parry, Dan Monk, Ben Crosswell

The lifeboat launched to assist a 38′ yacht with 2 pob which had suffered a catastrophic engine failure two miles off Tankerton. The skipper reported that one of the connecting rods was sticking out of the side of the engine casing.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene a crewman was put aboard, and the vessel was taken under tow to Whitstable Harbour.

One of the occupants was cold and suffering from seasickness, so an ambulance was requested to meet the lifeboat on arrival.

The yacht had been undergoing restoration at Queenborough, and was on passage around the north side of the Isle of Sheppey to its new mooring in Conyer Creek.