2009 Callouts Histoy

4th January ALB launched to 32ft Angling Boat broken down with machinery failure & at anchor on Grain Edge, 4 persons onboard, casualty towed to it’s mooring in Queenborough Hbr. 0950 – 1115. Wstly 3
9th January ILB launched to report of Cabin Cruiser aground on Queenborough Spit, ILB arrived on scene to find cruiser hard aground, anchor placed out and casualty checked, owner happy to await next H.W. 1535 – 1628. ENE 2
24th January ILB launched to 22ft yacht aground on Hoo Mudflats with 3 persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene and one crewman walked across to casualty, the ILB crew assisted the yachts crew one at a time back to the ILB, which was having to be taken further away, due to the falling tide, eventually all 3 occupants were taken to Gillingham marina where they were landed to CG and an ambulance. 1349 – 1604. Wstly 3
22nd February ILB and ALB launched to 28ft Yacht with broken propellor shaft and drifted into shallow water on Bishop’s Ooze, River Medway, one person onboard, the ILB towed the yacht into deeper water, were it handed over the tow to ALB, who towed the casualty to Gillingham Marina, the ILB then towed the yacht through the locks into the basin. 1646 – 1837. NW 2/3
25th February ILB launched to report of Person missing from Rochester Rail bridge, ILB arrived on scene and commenced search of River along with Rescue 125 and CG units, ILB searched up to M2 road bridge, nothing found. 2138 – 2359. Wstly 3
26th February ILB launched to report of Person threatening to jump from Sun Pier, Chatham, whilst on route to Chatham, the ILB was recalled when it was confirmed that person had been found safe at home. 2110 – 2150. WNW 3/4
4th March ALB on exercise, when crew sighted a Red Flare in the vicinity of Sea Reach/Southend area, ALB immediately proceeded and carried out a radar and visual search  from No 2 Sea Reach upto Holehaven, nothing untoward seen. 1950 – 2146. Sthly 3
5th March ILB launched to report of Person seen hanging from Rochester Bridge, but now lost from view, Rescue helicopter also proceeding, ILB arrived on scene and commenced search of area, shortly after it was confirmed that person was safe ashore and being dealt with by Police. 1800 – 1926. Nthly 3
15th March ILB launched to report of elderly Person overdue in small dinghy from Gillingham, last seen at 1630, ILB commenced a search of River, joined by Rescue 125, ILB located Person onboard a Yacht moored in Short Reach, Person safe and well, units stood down. 2128 – 0010. Wstly 2.
15th March ALB launched to report of missing Person possibly at risk on Minster Cliffs, ALB arrived on scene, but due to state of tide, night sight and searchlights in-effective at long range, ALB stood down. 2220 – 2335. Wstly 2.
29th March ILB launched to 26ft Cruiser aground on West side of Slayhill Marshes, 3 persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene and appraised the situation whilst waiting for H.W, a tow was secured and the casualty was safely re-floated and escorted into deeper water, after discussion with the crew, the casualty was escorted into the safety of Queenborough Harbour where it was secured for night. 0205 – 0429. NW 4/5
29th March ILB launched to 19ft Yacht with 2 persons onboard, broken down in Queenborough harbour, occupants attempting to tow yacht with small dinghy. ILB arrived on scene and towed the casualty back to their mooring and then landed the the two occupants back to the All Tide Landing along with their dinghy. 1438 – 1555. Var 1
3rd April ALB launched to 32ft Angling Boat broken down with electrical failure, close inshore off Minster, 2 persons onboard, casualty located using D/F and due to shallow water, XP Boat deployed to establish tow, casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough Harbour. 1020 – 1240. SW 1, Fog
10th April ILB launched to 3 Children cut off and stranded on barges off Hoo, ILB safely recovered the children and landed them ashore to Medway CG at Hoo Marina. 1436 – 1545. SW 3
12th April ALB launched to 32ft Cabin Cruiser lost GPS and unsure of their position in reduced visibility, believed on Maplin Sands, 2 Adults and 1 young child onboard. Casualty located approx 1 mile north of S.Shoebury buoy at anchor, one crewman placed onboard and casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour. 1450 – 1734. Var 1. visibility max of 1 mile
19th April ILB and ALB crew’s paged for report of two persons trapped in mud off Chatham, crew were stood down upon arrival at Boathouse, persons safe ashore
19th April ILB launched to report of person onboard yacht off Gillingham, possibly in distressed state and partner concerned for his safety, ILB located the yacht with person onboard, Police also taken out to yacht  and all well, ILB released. 2230 – 0045. Var Lt Airs
2nd May ILB launched to report of Person possibly jumped into the River Medway at Rochester, ILB on scene at 0326 commencing search, Rescue 125 on route, Units were stood down at 0348, Person found safe ashore by Police. 0253 – 0445. Wstly 2
4th May ILB launched to 16ft Dayboat with Outboard failure approx 1 mile SE of Montgomery Wreck, 3 persons onboard, Southend L/B on scene. Sheerness ILB took over tow of casualty and towed it to Queenborough causeway, where it was handed over to Sheppey CG. 1428 – 1610. WSW 3/4
10th May ALB and ILB both launched to report of person with back injury onboard 40ft Yacht  moored off Chatham Docks entrance, ALB arrived on scene to assess the situation whilst ILB collected two Ambulance personnel from Gillingham Pier, casualty was successfully evacuated from the yacht and landed ashore at Gillingham Marina pontoon to Ambulance. 1026 – 1250. NE 3/4
10th May ALB launched to D/F carrier on VHF CH 16, causing interupption to distress channel, Rescue 125 also proceeding from Manston. As ALB was approaching Kingsferry Bridge, the carrier ceased and channel now all clear, ALB returned to station. 1340 – 1430. NE 4
14th May ALB launched to 25ft Cruiser broken down with fuel problem, between Medway Buoy and Sea Reach 1, 2 persons onboard. Casualty located and towed to the safety of Queenborough Hbr. 0825 – 1040. Estly 2
17th May ILB launched to report of craft approx 25ft trapped under the Jetty at Kingsnorth power station with 6 persons onboard including small children, upon arrival of ILB, the craft had managed to clear itself of the jetty, but was now aground on Darnettness, upon advice from ILB Crew, the owner was persuaded to be escorted to Gillingham Marina once ILB had assisted to refloat craft, the casualty was safely moored in the entrance to the marina, where it was met by Medway CG. 1225 – 1445. SW 6/7
17th May ALB launched to Belgium Yacht aground in entrance of Queenborough harbour, 3 persons onboard, upon arrival, casualty hard aground amongst the pile ruins of Queenborough pier, luckily the yacht had settled between the pile ruins and had sustained no damage, safety advice and tidal information passed via VHF, occupants happy to remain onboard. 2101 – 2140. SSW 4
25th May ILB launched to small 3mtr Rowing boat with 3 youths onboard in difficulties after losing their oars off Grain Tower opposite Lifeboat Station, the youths were landed ashore on the seawall at Grain and the dinghy towed back to Sheerness. 1611 – 1655. Estly 2/3
29th May ALB launched to report of Motorboat broken down and drifting near Montgomery wreck, ALB was diverted to further report that casualty was off Mulberry Hbr, Southend. ALB arrived on scene, casualty off Thorpe Bay, 2 persons onboard, casualty taken in tow and towed to Hadleigh Ray, where it was handed over to Southend ILB to tow to mooring. 1610 – 1740. Estly 3
30th May ILB launched to report of Suicidal Male walking into the sea off Minster Leas, ILB carried out search along with Rescue Helicopter, CG & Police units, nothing untoward found. 1224 – 1340. Estly 3/4
30th May ILB launched to report of Suicidal Male threatening to jump from gantry on linkspan bridge, Sheerness Docks, Police, CG & Fire Service on scene, ILB stood by whilst person was talked down, then apprehended by Police. 1445 – 1515. Estly 3/4
31st May ALB launched to 15ft Speedboat reported to be drifting SE of Sea Reach No 2 lightbuoy, ALB located casualty which had broken down with 2 persons onboard, craft taken in tow for Southend, where it was handed over to Southend Lifeboat. 1210 – 1325. Estly 4/5
10th June All Weather Lifeboat launched to report of Cabin Cruiser lost between Oaze deep Buoy and Red Sand Towers with 1 person onboard, report recieved from MFV. ALB located casualty just East of Oaze deep buoy, 1 foreign national onboard, no radio or charts, casualty taken in tow for Queenborough Hbr, where it was secured and handed over to local CG. 0832 – 1130. Sthly 3
11th June Inshore Lifeboat launched  to person with back injury onboard yacht moored off Chatham Docks,  ILB arrived on scene and placed crewman onboard to assesss situation and ILB embarked Paramedic from Gillingham, casualty was transferred to ILB and landed ashore to Ambulance at Gillingham. 1513 – 1715. Wstly 4. (see service of 10th May)
13th June Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of male entering the River Medway at Rochester near M2 bridge, Rescue 125 also proceeding, whilst on route to scene, it was confirmed that person had been recovered safe and well from the river, units stood down. 0210 – 0235. Wstly 2
17th June Inshore Lifeboat launched to 15ft speedboat broken down off Gillingham Strand with 5 persons onboard, occupants hanging onto another craft, ILB located casualty and towed the casualty to shore at Gillingham and handed over to Medway CG. 2033 – 2210. SW 4/5
18th June Inshore Lifeboat launched to 21ft powerboat broken down off Allhallows, Isle of grain with 3 persons onboard, casualty located and towed to the slipway at Allhallows Y.C. 2120 -2236. Wstly 3
28th June Inshore Lifeboat launched after being brought to Immediate Readiness to 25ft River Cruiser, with 4 persons onboard currently in tow of Southend Lifeboat after getting into difficulties off Canvey Island. ILB took over the tow in vicinity of Mid Swatch buoy and towed the casualty into Queenborough harbour. 1451 – 1620. Estly 2/3
5th July All Weather Lifeboat launched to assist 22ft Yacht reported aground on West Barrow bank with 2 persons onboard, have lost rudder and are taking on water. Southend Lifeboat on scene and attempting to tow craft clear and have placed pump onboard. Sheerness ALB arrived on scene and transferred two crew along with pump, the tow was then taken over by the ALB, the casualty was then towed back towards Southend at slow speed, the Lifeboat’s pump running continuosly. Upon arrival off Southend Pier, the casualty was handed back to Southend L/B for it to be towed inshore to Bell Wharf. ALB was released when her crew and pump were returned. 2046 – 0130. SW 5/6
8th July Inshore Lifeboat launched to 29ft Yacht aground in Stangate Creek, River Medway, 2 persons onboard. ILB loacted craft and towed Yacht clear of sea defences, unfortunately, the yacht had a defective engine and was therefore towed to a safe mooring in Queenborough harbour. 0155 – 0332. NW 4
15th July Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of a broken down dayboat with 3 persons onboard in vicinity of Queenborough Spit, ILB arrived in area, but nothing visual, further investigation by CG and Port Control now puts casualty just East of Garrison Point, casualty was assisted by Port Authority Workboat, ILB returned to station. 1203 – 1253. SW 7
15th July Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of two possibly three sailboarders in difficulties off Minster, Whitstable Lifeboat also proceeding. Sheerness ILB arrived on scene and recovered one sailboarder, others had reached shore safely, casualty was landed ashore to Sheppey CG. 1722 – 1823. Sw 6/7
17th July All Weather Lifeboat launched to 32ft Sottish Motor Yacht broken down off Grain Edge, 2 persons onboard, ALB arrived on scene to find casualty underway and procceding towards Chatham Marina, owner quite happy to proceed under own power, ALB released. 1640 -1715. SW 4
19th July All Weather Lifeboat launched to mayday call from 22ft Angling Boat with 6 persons onboard making heavy weather and shipping sea, reported to be South of the Blacktail Spit, Southend L/B also proceeding. ALB arrived on scene, 5 crew from casualty were transferred to ALB suffering from the wet and cold, ALB returned to Southend Pier and landed the occupants ashore, then returned to the casualty and escorted both Southend L/B & casualty towards Southend. Owner of casualty was later transferred to ALB, who was also taken to Southend Pier, ALB returned to Southend L/B and continued to escort them until they were safe in the entrance of Leigh Ray channel. 1320 – 1530. WSW 7/8
19th July All Weather Lifeboat launched to 30ft Yacht encountering heavy weather across the “Cant” grounds (off Sheppey Coast), 4 persons onboard, some of which were suffering from sea sickness, ALB located casualty approx 1 mile East of the Mid Cant beacon, crewman transferred to establish and secure tow, casualty safely in tow for the River Medway. Casualty towed into the entrance of River Medway, where the owner was happy to proceed to Gillingham Marina under his own power, tow released and ALB tasked to another incident. 1556 -1700. WSW 7/8
19th July All Weather Lifeboat tasked and proceeding  to 20ft Yacht encountering heavy weather in Kethole Reach, River Medway, 2 persons onboard, Tug Svitzer Victory and another yacht standing by, ALB arrived on scene, transferred 1 crewman to establish tow and casualty was towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour. 1700 – 1814. WSW 7/8 gusting 9
24th July All Weather Lifeboat launched in response to Pan Pan call from 8 mtr Yacht with broken Forestay and mast in danger of collapsing, 2 persons onboard, craft’s position approx 2.7 mls NE of station. ALB arrived on scene and transferred one crewman to assess situation, yacht escorted into River Medway, where owner was happy to proceed upriver to Gillingham marina under his own power. 0932 – 1130. WSW 4
31st July Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of several sightings of Flares in Queenborough Hbr, after initial search and talking to Yachtsmen, it was confirmed that flares originated inland. 2321 – 0010. SE 2
2nd August Inshore Lifeboat launched to 24ft Yacht with Rudder failure off Kingsnorth, River Medway, 2 persons onboard, ILB located the yacht and towed them to the safety of their own mooring off Gillingham. 1854 – 2020. NW 1
3rd August All Weather Lifeboat launched to Fishing Vessel with machinery failure, just South of No 6 Medway Channel buoy, 2 persons onboard, casualty located and towed into the safety of Queenborough hbr. 0040 – 0228. NW 2
3rd August Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of person jumped from M2 Bridge at Rochester, upon arrival at scene, casualty had been recovered by Kent Fire & Rescue, ILB released. 1925 – 2105. SW 2
13th August Inshore and All Weather Lifeboat launched to report of 6yr old Child in the water off Sun Pier, Rochester, Lifeboats made their way to scene as quickly as possible and joined the search along with Rescue Helicopter 125, Kent Fire launch, private craft, CG, Police and Fire crews ashore.The ALB also deployed it’s small XP Boat to search the moorings, the search was terminated after nothing was found, Rescue units stood down. 1343 – 1708. NW 2
15th August Inshore lifeboat launched to report of dinghy in difficulties near Copperhouse marsh, River Medway, ILB arrived on scene to find one dinghy had been assisted by Port Patrol craft, but another inflatable dinghy was aground on mudflats off island, ILB crewmember walked ashore to casualty and assisted him back to the ILB and then went back and recovered his inflatable dinghy. The person and dinghy were landed ashore at Gillingham Strand to Medway CG . 0957 – 1225. SW 4/5
15th August All Weather Crew paged at 1008 to report of injured persons onboard sailing barge off Spaniard buoy after topmast collapsed, whilst crew were preparing to launch, they were stood down, Whitstable L/B attending incident
15th August All Weather Lifeboat launched to “Medivac” sick crewmember from Yacht near Spile Buoy, person suffering from anxiety and sea sickness, ALB arrived on scene and person was evacuated to ALB and brought back to Sheerness, where he was landed. 1150 – 1312. SW 4/5
15th August All Weather lifeboat launched to 68ft ex-Rhine Barge with 3 persons onboard, broken down and drifting towards Kentish Wind farm, ALB arrived on scene, casualty had managed to re-start his engine, ALB intending to escort craft in, but shortly after, the engine failed again, ALB took the casualty in tow, proceeding to Harty ferry in the River Swale. The casualty managed to re-start his engine again and was anchored in a safe anchorage to await the tide into Faversham creek, ALB released to return to station. 1520 – 1842. SW 5
19th August Inshore lifeboat crew paged for report of Person jumped from Rochester Bridge, crew were stood down before launch, when it was confirmed person was safe ashore
21st August All Weather Lifeboat launched to 8 mtr Cruiser reported to be broken down in River Medway, 2 persons onboard. Casualty was located at anchor inside of Darnettness Island, the casualty was towed to the safety of Gillingham marina. 0445 – 0640. SW 4
21st August Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of broken down Speedboat with 3 persons onboard  in Swale. ILB located casualty aground on Long Point, ILB successfully refloated casualty and towed to the safety of Kingsferry bridge launch ramp. 1549 – 1755. Wstly 4
23rd August All Weather lifeboat launched to drifting Catamaran in Queenborough Hbr following report from Yacht that catamaran had collided with her, unsure if anyone onboard.

ALB located 37ft catamaran searching for a mooring after anchor failed, all well onboard, catamaran was directed to safe anchorage, no injuries on either craft. 0215 – 0330. SE 3

28th August Inshore Lifeboat launched to small 9ft Inflatable with outboard reported in difficulties with 2 adults and 1 child onboard in East Swale. ILB arrived on scene to find the persons ashore on Spitend Marsh, all hypothermic, the ILB transported the persons back to Elmley, where they were landed ashore to Sheppey CG for forward transport to Kingsferry Bridge, where an Ambulance was waiting, the ILb recovered their inflatable and landed it ashore at Kingsferry bridge. 1830 – 2110, SW 7/8, heavy squalls
2nd September Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of Speedboat aground on mud in South Yantlet creek, River Medway, 1 adult and 3 children onboard, ILB arrived on scene, but was unable to close the casualty due to the state of tide, two crewmembers managed to reach the craft through the soft mud, but thought it unwise to attempt to walk casualties back to ILB so requested Helicopter support. Whilst waiting for the Helicopter, the crew kept the occupants of the craft warm until Rescue 125 arrived on scene and airlifted the casualties to the shore. The helicopter then airlifted the ILB crew back to the ILB, the craft remained stranded, but at anchor. 1658 – 1930. SW 5
4th September All Weather Lifeboat launched to drifting yacht off Whitstable with one Lady onboard, (Whitstable Lifeboat had already recovered one male from the water after falling overboard and taken him ashore), the ALB located the yacht drifting off Tankerton, one crewman was transferred and the craft taken in tow, with limited options where to tow the yacht, course was set for Queenborough, however, the lady was understandably very worried about her husband and suffering from the cold, Whitstable lifeboat was requested to evacuate  her ashore, this was achieved and the ALB re-commenced it’s tow for Queenborough, where the yacht was eventually secured. 1430 – 1906. WNW 6/7
11th September Inshore Lifeboat paged at 1612 for report of missing sailboarder off Minster, as ILB was being launched the Crew were stood down, Sailboarder came ashore safe and well
15th September Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of Two adults cut off by the tide on Copperhouse marsh, River Medway, ILB arrived on scene and located the two persons, who were taken onboard the ILB and subsequently landed ashore to Medway CG at Gillingham Marina. 1953 – 2140. ENE 5
20th September Inshore lifeboat launched to report of Yacht trapped under berth at Sheerness Docks, ILB arrived on scene one minute after launching to find Yacht now clear of berth, but unable to motor against strong ebb tide, one person onboard, Yacht taken in tow for Queenborough Hbr, where it was secured at 0520, after checking that owner & craft were ok, the ILB returned to station. 0424 – 0600. Nthly 1
20th September Inshore Lifeboat launched to Mayday call from unknown vessel, reporting they were aground in area of Queenborough, ILB carried out search of area, nothing untoward found, ILB also searched Stangate creek, nothing found here also, ILB was released to return to station. 1808 – 1913. Estly 2
26th September Inshore lifeboat launched to 28ft Yacht reported aground South of Burntwick Island, River Medway, one person onboard, upon arrival, the casualty had been towed clear of marsh by another craft and was now anchored in Sharfleet Creek, after checking that all was well, the ILB returned to station. 1845 – 1940. ESE 2
3rd October All Weather Lifeboat launched to 8.5mtr Motor Sailer sailing single handed from Burnham to Queenborough and suffered engine failure in Great Nore anchorage, casualty was located and crewman placed onboard and craft towed to the safety of Queenborough Hbr. 0202 – 0415. WSW 4/5
8th October Inshore Lifeboat launched to 28ft Motor Cruiser aground off Yantlet Creek, Isle of Grain with two persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene as casualty was refloating, once afloat, the casualty was escorted to Queenborough harbour. 2354 – 0212. NE 4
11th October Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of Red Flares in area of Upnor, River Medway, ILB carried out search of river, whilst Cg and Police carried out search ashore, nothing found. 0025 – 0207. WSW 3
11th October All Weather Lifeboat launched to 22ft yacht with two persons onboard, suffered engine failure and reported sails blown out, whilst on passage from West Mersea to River Medway, casualty located, crewmember placed onboard and casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough hbr. 1555 – 1900. WNW 5
18th October All Weather and Inshore Crews paged to report of Microlight aircraft crashed into the sea off Minster, However, before launching, it was confirmed that it was a large bunch of balloons, crew’s stood down. 1530 – 1538
24th October All Weather Lifeboat launched to 28ft Motorboat broken down, towing a 23ft yacht  to Gillingham, 3 persons onboard. casualty located near No 13 lightbuoy, crewman placed onboard motorboat and both craft towed to Gillingham marina. 2000 – 2225. SW 4
28th October Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of Two Persons jumped from Motorway Bridge at Rochester, on route to the scene, it was confirmed that the persons were “Base Jumpers” and were now safe ashore, ILB stood down. 1724 – 1817. SW 2
1st November Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of persons possibly in difficulties off Sun Pier, Chatham, either in dinghy or in the water, CG and Police searching ashore, ILB carried out search of area, nothing found, call believed to be false alarm with good intent. 0010 – 0206. SE 1/2
1st November All Weather Lifeboat launched to report of 8 mtr Motorboat broken down in a position approx 14 mls ENE of Station, just East of the Shivering Sand Towers, 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived in area, nothing visual or on radar, wind SSE force 8 gusting 9 with heavy rain at times, only comms with casualty were via mobile phone which were very intermittent. Further information from Thames Cg placed casualty possibly to the South of Lifeboat’s position. ALB sighted casualty just West of the Kentish Windfarm, due to the prevailing weather, the two occupants were taken off, but the craft a 18ft dayboat was left abandoned, it being too dangerous to establish a tow. The Lifeboat returned to station and the two survivors landed ashore to CG. 0955 – 1317. SSE 8/9
4th November Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of 24ft Motorboat broken down in entrance of Stangate Creek, River Medway with 4 persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene to find that craft was in tow of 18ft Open Motorboat with split fuel line to outboard, both craft towed to the safety of Queenborough hbr. 0155 – 0318. SW 4/5
8th November Inshore Lifeboat launched to report by a fisherman of a body floating in the River off Chatham, ILB arrived on scene and assisted Medway Cg and Police in the recovery. 0732 – 0923. ESE 2
22nd November Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of Two Sailboarders in trouble off Minster Shingle bank, ILB located the casualties and took them onboard ILB, both persons landed ashore to CG. 1445 – 1548. Wstly 7/8
26th November Inshore Lifeboat launched to report of person possibly jumped from Rochester Bridge. ILB commenced search at Sun Pier and carried out extensive search of river and moorings along with Rescue helicopter 125 and search units ashore, nothing found, ILB returned to station. 2313 – 0222. SW 3/4
30th November All Weather Lifeboat launched in response to “Mayday” call from 22ft yacht with two persons onboard reported to be sinking approx 3 miles NE of Montgomery wreck. Sheerness pilot cutter and Rescue 125 also proceeding, using the Lifeboat’s D/F, the casualty was located approx 6 miles East of Garrison Point, the owner reported that the ingress of water had stabilised, crewman and portable pump transferred and tow established, shortly after, the casualty reported the craft to be settling by the stern, the two occupants were taken off and the craft pumped dry, tow re-established for Queenborough hbr, where the craft was secured and once again pumped dry. 1425 – 1800. NNE 7