Gravesend RNLI assist with a drifting jetty and vessel in strong winds.

Lifeboats News Release

For the second time today in the freezing cold weather and strong winds the lifeboat launched to assist the PLA (Port of London Authority) with a 20-metre piece of jetty, which had become detached because of the strong winds, that was adrift in Gravesend Reach near to the lifeboat station.

Broken away jetty alongside PLA vessel

RNLI/Alan Carr

Broken away jetty alongside PLA vessel

With the piece of jetty now under control and tied alongside the PLA launch, the lifeboat was requested to assist with a Border Force RIB that was close to breaking adrift from the Customs Jetty which was also located close to the lifeboat station, part of the pier had broken away from the main pier.

The lifeboat crew managed to free the RIB, and tow away to safety and onto a mooring in Gravesend Reach.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Notes to editors

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.


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  • Alan Carr, Gravesend RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07775 822584,

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Border force RIB being towed by lifeboat

RNLI/Alan Carr

Border force RIB being towed by lifeboat

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