Inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 0942 on Friday 23 August by the UK Coastguard to reports of a vessel with a fouled propeller, located to the North of the Isle of Grain. The Lifeboat, with 2 crew onboard launched at 0954 and was on the scene at 1007. On arrival it was apparent the casualty vessel was aground, with the tide still falling. After communicating with the vessel via VHF the 2 persons on board decided to stay on board and wait for the next high tide to re-float their craft. They were advised by the lifeboat crew to put their anchor out, which they did. After passing this information to the UK Coastguard the Lifeboat was released at 1023, returned to station at 1035 and was refuelled and ready for service at 1055. Variable, light airs.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1830 to report of Person in the water near the Kingsferry Bridge, ILB arrived on scene at 1840, CG teams on bridge and river bank, nothing was sighted by ILB or CG. ILB investigated a number of Jet Skiers in the area and it was thought that the report, may have been one of them in the water. With nothing else untoward, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1904. SW 2/3.
All Weather Lifeboat tasked at 1502 by UKCG to a 26ft Sail Yacht with fouled propeller and unable to make headway under sail. 2 persons on board, position between Darnettness Fort and Jetty, believed Oakhamness. ALB launched at 1520, locating yacht at 1535, tow line passed over and casualty craft safely under tow at 1543, proceeding upriver to Gillingham. The casualty was safely placed in the locks at Gillingham marina at 1615, ALB released and returned to station at 1645. SW 5.
Sheerness RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 1331 on Friday 16 August by the UK Coastguard to assist a 12’ sailing dinghy with one person onboard that was in difficulty off the Isle of Grain. The dinghy, on passage from Gravesend to Chatham, had suffered damage to its mast/sail and was unable to make progress against the prevailing winds.
Having launched at 1345 with 3 crew on board the ILB soon was on scene with the casualty vessel in the vicinity of Garrison Point, a short distance from the Lifeboat Station. A line was quickly secured and the dinghy was in tow at 1355 and taken to the safety of Queenborough All Tide Landing.
With the casualty secured at 1420 the ILB returned to Station at 1440 and was refuelled and ready for service at 1455. SW 5/6.
At 11:50 whilst on exercise with Southend Lifeboat in the approaches to Sheerness Harbour, Sheerness Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ was diverted to a Mayday call by the UK Coastguard. The Mayday had been broadcasted by a 29’ yacht with one person on board who had run aground in the Bishop Ooze area of the River Medway. The ILB arrived on scene at 12:16 to find the vessel was hard aground with the tide still ebbing. After contacting the owner via VHF radio he said had decided to remain on his vessel until the next high tide that evening. The ILB was released by the UK Coastguard at 12:45 and returned to station at 13:10 and was refueled and ready for service at 13:30. SW F4/5
All weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 2155, tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist the Southend RNLI lifeboat who had been called out to a 30 foot steel cruiser, with three people onboard, that was leaking and had mechanical problems.
The Southend lifeboat was located west of the South Shoebury buoy some five miles from Garrison Point and had the casualty craft under tow when the Sheerness lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2215.
The towline was transferred to the bigger Sheerness lifeboat and a crew member was put onboard the casualty with assistance from the Southend lifeboat.
The tow commenced at 2227 heading for the Queenborough all tide landing where the craft was made secure at midnight and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance. ALB returned to station at 0010. SE 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched to assist Kent Police with incident in River Medway, stood down by UKCG, Kent Police resolved the incident. WNW 5.
Inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist a yacht with three people onboard that had run aground in the area of Stangate Creek in the Medway Estuary
Inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 1921 on Tuesday 6 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports that a 23-foot yacht with three people onboard had run aground somewhere between Lower Halstow and Stangate Creek in the Medway estuary.
The lifeboat crew quickly located the casualty which was high and dry on the marshes just west of Slaughterhouse Point (bottom of Stangate Creek). The three people, mum, dad and daughter were taken onboard the lifeboat after their craft was made secure and anchored safely. They were then taken back to the Lifeboat station where other crew members and the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team were waiting to assist.
After refuelling and complete washdown the lifeboat was ready for service again at 2050. Wind SW 5
Inshore lifeboat launched last at 1905 on Monday 5 August to report of two kayakers in difficulties off Minster Leas, (Beach Hut end). Whilst on route the lifeboat was stood down at 1911 when it was reported that both kayakers had managed to reach the shore safely where they were met by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and a Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team crew.. ILB returned to station at 1917. SW force 3.
The All weather lifeboat was called out to a 57-foot barge that had broken down in the Thames Estuary.
The crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat launched at 2139 on Thursday 1 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 57foot barge, with three people on board, that had suffered total steering failure in the Thames Estuary and was now at anchor on Blyth Sands.
The lifeboat was on scene at 2203 and crew member was placed on board the casualty to fix a towline. With this achieved the vessel was safely under tow at10.20pm and was secured in Queenborough Harbour at 0008 with assistance from the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team who were on the scene.
The lifeboat was back on station at 0020 and after refuelling was ready for service again at 0050.