Busy evening for Gravesend RNLI launching to 5 separate incidents

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was launched to 5 separate incidents yesterday afternoon (28 May 2018).

RNLI/Alan Carr

The first call came from the UK Coastguard at 5.15pm requesting the lifeboat to launch to reports of a missing person near to Gravesend. The casualty was found safe and away from the river.

The second call came at 6.53pm to reports of a person threatening to enter the river near to Grays. With a search of the area and no description or further information the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

After the day crew had handed over to the night crew the third call came at 8.44pm to reports of a person who had fallen in the river near to Northfleet. Once on scene it was confirmed by Kent Police that the person was ashore and was not in the river as first reported.

The fourth call was at 10.16pm to reports of a person threatening to enter the river at Erith. Shortly after arriving on scene the person was taken into the care of Shoreside police and away from the river.

The last call came at 11.40pm to check the welfare of an engineer working on a jetty who had not checked in for some time. While on route a nearby vessel was asked to check and the engineer was found safe and well.

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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