Gravesend RNLI assist with a cabin cruiser drifting in freezing conditions
The UK Coastguard requested Gravesend lifeboat to launch this morning. The PLA (Port of London Authority) had asked for the lifeboats assistance with a cabin cruiser that had broken free from its mooring in Gravesend Reach.
Due to the location of the casualty vessel, which was near to the station, the lifeboat crew could assess the situation. With the freezing conditions and strong winds in mind the lifeboat launched. Once on scene the PLA RIB Gunfleet was already in attendance and had started to tow the casualty vessel off the mud into deeper water, shortly after a PLA Cutter arrived to tow the vessel to Denton Wharf.
With this information passed to the Coastguard the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
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Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex, South & East London.Ends
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