Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 5.44pm on Saturday to assist a 7-metre Bayliner motor cruiser with a chain wrapped around it’s propeller in the entrance to Conyer Creek in The Swale.
The lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel in very shallow water and out of the entrance channel to the creek with a discarded anchor and chain fouling the vessels propeller.
As the tide was falling, the anchor and most of the chain were hauled onboard the casualty vessel and the craft towed alongside the lifeboat to a mooring.
The lifeboat crew managed to free the propeller with three of them and the two occupants of the motor cruiser all moving to the bow in order to trim the craft so the propeller drive shaft came sufficiently clear of the water for the fourth member of the lifeboat crew to free the chain from the drive shaft. The occupants of the cruiser were then able to start the craft’s engine and test the drive shaft.
Due to the state of the tide, the two occupants of the vessel and their two dogs were advised to wait until daylight and the tide before making their return passage to Chatham. The lifeboat then returned to station.
Lifeboat crewmember Ben Croswell begins the task of freeing the anchor chain from around the drive shaft and propeller of a Bayliner motor cruiser off the entrance to Conyer Creek in TheSwale on Saturday evening. Picture: Dave Parry/RNLI Whitstable.
This was the 6th call of the year for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews.
Weather SW force 3 winds. Good visibility in the fair weather.
Crew: Dave Parry (Helmsman) Rob Judge, Ben Crosswell and Alex Quan.
Launchers: Michael Coulson-Tab, Kellie Gray, Andy Clarke and Jay Collins.