18th May

Busy times again for the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats
With warm weather and easing of restrictions the Sheerness lifeboat crews have been called out to a variety of incidents
The volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat were paged at 1413 on Monday 18 May to reports of a Jet skier reported to be more than an hour overdue returning to the ramp at Shingle Bank, Minster. With the crew on station and preparing to launch they received a call to say the man was now back on shore, so the crew were stood down before launching.
Whilst the crew were still on station a further call came in at 1502 from the UK Coastguard requesting that the All Weather Lifeboat be launched to a 30 foot cabin cruiser reported to have six people on board and said to be sinking ,in the area of number 25 buoy, River Medway. The emergency call had been made by another vessel which was on the scene.
With crew on station from the previous call the ALB was launched immediately and located the casualty at 1526 and under tow by the other vessel but sitting very low in the water at the stern.
The lifeboat was secured alongside the casualty and the crew then deployed their onboard salvage pump in the crafts flooded engine bay. The vessel was towed, slowly, to Gillingham Marina where it was handed over to the marina work boat. Water was still being pumped from the vessel until it was lifted from the water in the marina boat hoist.
With the casualty craft safe and the salvage pump back onboard, the lifeboat was stood down at 1654 and back on station at 1730.
Wind W force 2