24th August – this morning Vic Matthews – our Commodore – received a call from the Coastguard to tell him there was a boat on the move, dragging its mooring, in the river near Wardleys. Sure enough it was one of ours, Lady J. The rescue squad, Vic and Mike Smith went out in the workboat and managed to catch up with it. It was travelling at some speed on the incoming tide and would have ended up at Shard bridge if they hadn’t got to it in time. They returned it to a spare mooring and got in touch with its owner.
Members with river moorings are reminded to check them regularly. Chains have a very short life on a drying mooring, and swivels and shackles are also subject to rapid wear.