30th April

30th April

All weather lifeboat launched at 0405 to report of car abandoned on Sheppey Crossing. Once on scene, the lifeboat carried out a search and located a body on the mud, close to bridge, the small XP boat was made ready, but body recovered from shoreside by Sheppey CRT. ALB returned to station at 0604. Nthly 7/8.

29th April

29th April

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1310 to assist a 22ft Yacht which had fouled a mooring with its propeller, 2 persons onboard between Gillingham Strand and Cinque Port marshes. ILB located casualty, close to seawall at Gillingham, craft freed from obstruction and towed to a safe position at Gillingham, where the two occupants could be landed to Medway CG. ILB returned to station at 1515. NE 6.

21st April

21st April

Inshore lifeboatĀ tasked to report of craft aground near Martello Tower, Isle of Grain. ILB launched at 1440 and advised by Medway VTS, that the yacht had re-floated and was proceeding up the harbour. ILB located the said Yacht, two occupants all okay, owner reported that all was well onboard and he was returning to his mooring. ILB released and returned to station at 1515. Estly 3.

20th April

20th April

All weather lifeboat launched at 2048 to 25ft Yacht unsure of its position after suffering engine failure after leaving Faversham bound for Walton, two persons onboard, with limited communicatons, the ALB was tasked to search Eastwards. After further investigation by UKCG, a further updated position was given and with the assistance of rescue helicopter 163, the casualty was located by the helicopter to the NE of the Red Sand Towers, the helicopter illuminated the casualty until the arrival of the lifeboat at 2114, once alongside, the two occupants requested to be taken off along with their two small dogs, this was safely done and two ALB crew were placed onboard to secure the tow, which was secured at 2123, the tow back to harbour passed without incident and the craft was secured in Queenborough harbour at 2310, being met by Sheppey CRT. The lifeboat was released and returned to station, being ready for service at 2346. Estly Lt Airs.

19th April

19th April

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1916 to small Speedboat broken down and at anchor in Loden Hope, Swale. 6 persons onboard. ILB on scene at 1927, all person onboard okay and wearing lifejackets. Craft taken under tow at 1931 for launch ramp at Kingsferry Bridge, where Sheppey CRT were waiting. Craft safe ashore at 2002 for owner to recover to trailer, ILB released and returned to station at 2020, ready for service at 2045. SE 2.

17th April

17th April

All weather lifeboat launched at 1704 to report of yacht taking on water at Upnor, River Medway, 2 persons onboard. The ALB arrived on scene at 1740, casualty secured fore and aft, but had picked up a mooring around its propeller and stern gear, which was allowing a slow ingress of water. Crew boarded the craft with portable pump, whilst another two crew launched the small XP boat to attempt to clear the mooring form the propeller, this was unsuccessful and not wanting to tow the craft in fear of doing more damage, the owner was happy to remain onboard to stem the slow ingress of water, until a diver could be sought to free the obstruction. As the ALB was about to return, they were tasked to a man who had fallen overboard from his yacht just upriver of the lifeboats position, having quickly arrived on scene, they found the man clinging to a small inflatable dinghy, he was quickly recovered and returned to his craft and no medical attention was required, the lifeboat crew assisted in mooring up the yacht. The ALB was stood down at 2008, returning to station at 2032. SSE 5.

8th April

8th April

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1531 to report of person in the water just above Rochester rail bridge, Police and Cg in attendance. ILB arrived on scene and was directed to object in the river, upon investigation, the ILB located an empty sleeping bag, which was recovered and handed over to CG ashore. The ILB was then released and returned to station at 1650, whilst being re-housed, the ILB was tasked again and re-launched at 1710 to a report of a jet skier in trouble off Hooness, the ILB made its way to the area, but could not find any jet skier. After further investigation, a small rowing boat with two occupants were seen coming ashore, after a discussion between the CG and 1st informant, it was confirmed as the craft the 1st informant had seen, ILB checked and all okay onboard. ILB released and returned to station at 1756, ready for service at 1823. Estly 2.

7th April

7th April

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1826 to report of small dinghy drifting approx. 1nm off Allhallows, the ILB arrived in area and with nothing sighted commenced a search of the area, which was extended further Eastwards, with the onset of darkness and still nothing found, the UKCG requested the All weather lifeboat also launch at 2013 to assist in the search, the ALB carried out a search between the Great Nore anchorage and Shoebury beacon, whilst the ILB searched further around the Montgomery Wreck/Medway Channel area, the search was also joined by a Border Force RHIB and coastguard Rescue teams from Medway, Sheppey, Canvey and Southend. With nothing found, the search units were stood down at 2226, the ILB and ALB returning to station and being ready for service at 2313. SSW 2/3.