Busy evening for Gravesend RNLI launching to 5 separate incidents
The lifeboat was launched to 5 separate incidents yesterday afternoon (28 May 2018).
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.Ends
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