Gravesend RNLI tasked to vessel drifting with mechanical failure
The Atlantic 85 Lifeboat was requested by HM Coastguard at 08:34am on Sunday 29 October to launch to a ‘small work boat’ with engine failure on the River Thames, only to discover the vessel was actually a forty tonne tug houseboat conversion.
RNLI Volunteer Aaron Reynolds said, ‘Once we arrived on scene at Tilburyness it became very clear it was not a small work boat, but in fact a very large tugboat, we provided a welfare check to the five people on board and then proceeded to request further assistance from the Port of London Authority.’
‘Their Harbour Launch Vessel Kew attended, a towline was setup so the vessel could be taken safely to Town Pier in Gravesend’.
Aaron added, ‘The house boat's engineer did the right thing by using the on board VHF radio to call for assistance, this prevented their vessel from becoming a hazard on the very busy commercial section of the River Thames with potential risk of collision.’Gravesend RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was then stood down, fuelled and made ready for service by 08:55am.
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