Archive image of the Sheerness ALB towing a motor yacht to safety
Author: Barry Crayford, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Sheerness lifeboat was tasked at 11.45am 13 December by Thames coastguard to a vulnerable male adult reported on the Rochester rail and road bridge crossing the river Medway.
Because of the force 7 south westerly winds, it was decided to use the all weather lifeboat,(ALB) which arrived on scene at 12.25pm, joining other emergency services including Medway coastguard units, and a RAF rescue helicopter.
The XP boat was launched from the ALB with two lifeboat crew to stand off the bridge, out of sight of the casualty (The XP class lifeboat is a class of small inflatable boats operated by the RNLI and carries a crew of one or two, and is normally found carried on board the Trent class lifeboat).
Mean while the crew of the ALB assisted with radio communications, between the rescue services, whilst negotiations with the male continued, and at 2.06pm the casualty was reported safe and the lifeboat released returning to station at 3.42pm.