27th July

27th July

Inshore lifeboat launched at 0255 to assist Police with incident Sheerness  Seafront, resolved by Police and ILB back on station at 0310. Wstly 3.

Inshore lifeboat launched at 2025 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to investigate a cabin cruiser reported aground in the vicinity of Nore Marsh in the River Medway. The ILB located the craft at 2100, which coincided with high tide, and a crew member went ashore to confirm there was nobody on board. With the vessel situated more than 1mtr above the current high water mark the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 2125.  NW 4.

24th July

24th July

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1746 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a report of a person in the water off Sheerness Seafront, on route the ILB was advised that a person had swum out to retrieve an inflatable ring which had blown off the beach. The ILB crew located the ring which had been recovered by a kayaker, there were no signs of any person with ring. Coastguard Rescue helicopter 163 was also on scene and carrying out a search.
Following a discussion with the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team ashore, it was confirmed that a person had swum out, but had returned to shore safely. With no one missing, the ILB returned to station at 1830. WSW 3/4.
The inshore lifeboat launched again at 2031 to assist a 19ft motorboat with 3 persons on board, suffering from an intermittent fuel problem in the River Medway. A yacht was standing by the craft. The ILB was on scene at 2036 by which time the owner had managed to solve problem. The lifeboat escorted the craft back to Queenborough Harbour.
ILB returned to station at 2120. WSW force 3.

21st July

21st July

All weather lifeboat was tasked at 2031 on Sunday 21 July by the UK Coastguard to assist in the location of a 23′ yacht, with one man onboard who was in difficulty and unsure of his position having left London earlier in the day. The Lifeboat was requested to search 0.5 miles offshore from Sheerness and East towards Whitstable. Launching at 2049 the search was commenced at 2052 and ceased at 2110 when the UK Coastguard stood Sheerness Lifeboat down as Whitstable Lifeboat, who had also been tasked, located the casualty off Reculver to the East of their station.The ALB returned to station at 2135. SSW 2/3.

14th July

14th July

The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9:38am on 14 July to assist the Whitstable Lifeboat who were with a craft reported to be taking on water in the vicinity of Leysdown Beach.
Once communications were established with Whitstable the plan was to transfer two Sheerness crew members and a Salvage Pump onto the casualty craft and then to establish a towline. Having arrived on the scene at 10:20am this was done and the tow connected at 10:25am. and the Whitstable lifeboat was released.
The tow back to Queenborough was completed at an average speed of 7 knots and with no water ingress to the craft the salvage pump was not used. The casualty was secured on a mooring near Washer Wharf, Queenborough, at 11.55am.The Lifeboat was released at 12:00 and returned to its moorings at 12:10pm where it was refueled and made ready for service.
The two male occupants onboard the casualty had been on route from London to Portsmouth and had previously been removed from the craft by the Whitstable lifeboat and handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team at Leysdown.
Wind Easterly F2/3 throughout, sea smooth to slight on scene.

13th July

13th July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9.06pm on Saturday 13 July to reports of a 30′ trimaran with 3 POB, one of which was the skipper who had been taken ill. The ALB launched at 9.28pm and was on scene at 9.42pm.The casualty was located in the vicinity of the Mid Cant Beacon in the Thames Estuary.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Lewisco’ was also in attendance and had initially taken the casualty vessel in tow and put a crew member on board to assess the skipper.
At 9.48pm the ALB took over the tow and placed a crew member on board to continue casualty care. The ALB towed the vessel to Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was made secure.
Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team and the Ambulance service were also on scene and with the casualty handed over into their care the Lifeboat was released at 11.15pm and returned to mooring at 11.25pm. Wind E, F2/3. Visibility good. Sea state slight.

7th July

7th July

Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to two separate incidents in just over four hours in one day at the weekend.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 4.40pm on Sunday 7 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 22foot motor cruiser that had broken down and was drifting in the entrance to Stangate Creek in the River Medway.
The lifeboat located the casualty with three people onboard at 4.57pm and attached a towline. The three confirmed they were all ok and willing to remain onboard whilst their craft was towed back to the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour.
The ILB was back on station at 6.10pm.
The Inshore lifeboat was tasked again later that evening at 9.04pm to reports of an inflatable with one or possibly two persons on board that was drifting approximately half a mile offshore at Sheerness.
The lifeboat carried out a search of the area, checking any objects that were sighted. The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team made a search of the shoreline whilst the tug Svitzer Monarch, which was transiting the area, also kept a sharp lookout.
With the onset of darkness, the ILB returned to station to collect searchlights and night vision equipment to enable the search to continue.
With nothing untoward found the lifeboat was finally released at 11.05pm and was back on station and ready for service at 11.59pm
Wind E 2-3

6th July

6th July

Inshore lifeboat launched at 0715 to 22ft yacht reported aground in Stangate Creek, River Medway, one person on board. ILB arrived in Stangate creek, but no craft aground, after further info from UKCG, ILB located the craft aground and listing dangerously in Sharfleet Creek, having gone aground on a marshy outcrop and then sliding down bank, the owner was situated on the cabin roof, with nothing that could be done on the falling tide, the owner was taken on board the ILB and landed at Queenborough Harbour, where the owner would make arrangements to recover his craft on flood tide. NW 2.