Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 11.59pm on Monday night following a request to assist in a search for a person possibly in the water or mud off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.
The lifeboat arrived at the scene and assisted the coastguard shore team and police in a search of the area and was subsequently joined by the Sheerness ‘D’ Class inshore lifeboat which had also been launched to assist in the operation.
Whitstable Lifeboat was released from the incident at 1.10am when it was reported that a person was in the care of ambulance and police personnel on shore.
At 01.18am whilst returning to station the lifeboat was diverted to investigate a report of a 20-25 foot motor cruiser reported by a member of the public drifting ashore in the vicinity of the King’s Hall, Herne Bay.
On arrival a lifeboat crewmember went onboard the craft which was found to be secure but apparently abandoned.
At the request of the UK Coastguard at Dover the lifeboat crew conducted a search from the scene towards Reculver and then back to Herne Bay Harbour to ensure that there was nobody in the water.
Having completed the search and not having found anything untoward the lifeboat was released to return to station at just after 04.00am. It is believed that the motor cruiser had broken free from a mooring.
Crew: Tim Smith (Helmsman), Craig Sidders, Liam Sidders and Ben Croswell.
Shore: Ray Davies (Tractor Driver), Andy Mayo, Ruth Oliver, Alex Quan, Rob Judge, Adrian Woolrich-Burt, Michael Coulson – Tabb, Andy Clarke, Andy Williams, Stuart Enderby