Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1958 to meet the Whitstable Lifeboat and take over the tow of a Jetski and its lone occupant with the view of returning both to the Shingle Bank, Minster.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat had launched at around 1930 to the Jetski which had broken down nine miles northeast of Whitstable and was drifting in a busy shipping lane.
The Sheerness ILB launched at 2015 with a crew of three onboard. Whilst on route to rendezvous with the Whitstable lifeboat they were informed by the UK Coastguard that the man from the jetski had deteriorated and that the Whitstable crew had dropped the tow and were proceeding at best speed with the casualty to the Sheerness lifeboat station and that an ambulance was required.
The Sheerness ILB was stood down and returned to station at 2043 followed closely by the Whitstable lifeboat from where the casualty was transferred into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. With the arrival of an ambulance the casualty was assessed and due to possible water ingestion, he was taken to hospital.
Having left the Sheerness station, the Whitstable lifeboat returned to the initial scene, located the abandoned jet ski, and towed it back to their home station. S F4
Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew were called out twice on Sunday 21 June to separate incidents involving pleasure craft on the Isle of Sheppey. The first incident involved two adults and four children, the second saw three adults guided to safety after abandoning their speedboat which had sunk off the Sheppey coast.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1446 on Sunday 21 June to reports of a 15’ motor vessel that had engine problems in the vicinity of Ridham Dock, The Swale. There were 6 people on board, 2 adults & 4 children.
Launching with a crew of 3 at 1455 the ILB was subsequently stood down at 1520 as the the occupants were reported safely ashore having been assisted by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. The ILB returned to Station at 1547, was refuelled and made ready for further service. SW F4/5.
The inshore lifeboat launched again at 2023 to reports of 3 persons in a speedboat reportedly in trouble in between Whitstable and Warden Bay. Whilst on route an update from the UK Coastguard reported that the speedboat had now sunk and that the occupants were ashore and in touch by mobile phone with the Coastguard but were unsure of their position. Whitstable Lifeboat, who had also been tasked ,was on scene followed shortly by the Sheerness lifeboat. With both boats commencing a search,initially people were spotted on the mud near the shore but it was soon confirmed by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team that they were in fact bait diggers.
In the meantime the UK Coastguard at , who were co-ordinating the search, had the occupants of the sunken vessel download the what3words app to their phone. By using the what3words app the Coastguard was able to update the location of the casualties, which was to the east of the boom at Minster,and direct them to safety. The three,who were very cold and wet were guided to the eastern end of The Leas where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew.
The ILB was stood down at 2123 , returning to station at 2147, refuelled and made ready for service. W F4/5.
Footnote: The what3words app.helps you find and share your precise location.
It is used by all the Emergency services. It is available to everyone and as in the case above can get help to you in an emergency.
This app divides the world up into 3 metre squares. Then gives each square a unique 3 word code that you give to the Emergency service and they can pinpoint to within 3 metres of where you are. Link below.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1306 to report of a person in the water near M2 Bridge, Rochester. ILB launched and proceeded, but was stood down at 1338, when it was confirmed, that the incident had been resolved. ILB returned to station and was ready for service at 1405. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1915 on Monday 15 June to a report from a member of the public of two persons in the water after their Jet Ski had capsized off the Playa Club, Minster Leas. The ILB arrived on scene at 1938 to find the two persons were safe ashore and their Jet Ski had been recovered to the beach. With all being well the ILB returned to station at 1950 and was ready for service again at 2011. Easterly F2.
Sheerness ILB launched at 15:08 with a crew of 3 in response to a request at 14:54 from the UK Coastguard to assist 2 persons in the vicinity of Gillingham Reach, River Medway. The 2 persons were now sheltering on a yacht having had problems with the jet ski they had been on. Arriving on scene at 15:30 the 2 persons were taken on board the ILB and handed over to the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team at Gillingham Marina. The ILB departed the scene at 15:45 and arrived back at Station at 16:12 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service at 1636. NNW 3.
The inshore lifeboat was tasked again on Sunday 7 June at 1342 after a call to the UK Coastguard reported that 2 persons was potentially cut off by the tide in the vicinity of Royal Oak Point having been seen walking in that direction, but had not returned as the tide was flooding. Launching at 1357 with a crew of three the ILB arrived on scene at 1410 where they spoke to two anglers who said they were aware of the tides and would be returning as the tide receded. Although the incident is classed as false alarm good intent this was exactly the right action taken by a vigilant member of the public. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 1445. NNW 4.
Not to be left out whilst this was going on yet another call came in from the UK Coastguard tasking the all-weather lifeboat to assist a 50-foot vessel with three people on-board that was in trouble off Garrison Point after suffering mechanical problems. The lifeboat was subsequently stood down at 1415 after the request was cancelled. As the crew were already onboard the ALB but did not launch the incident is classed as a ‘crew assembly’.
And finally, to end the weekend the ILB crew were paged at 1617in response to reports that a person had been in the water at Sun Pier, Chatham and was now in a small tender but having difficulty making their way to safety. Having launched at 1633 the ILB was immediately stood down after the UK Coastguard confirmed that Kent Fire and Rescue were on the scene and resolving the situation.
Kayakers rescued by Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats at the start of another busy weekend for the crew.
Whilst out on a call to rescue a lone kayaker in the River Medway a further call was relayed to the lifeboats that another five kayakers were in trouble further up river.
The volunteer crew of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1342 on Saturday 6 June to reports of a lone kayaker in difficulties and stranded on Darnett Ness which is one of many islands in the Medway Estuary. Both the Sheerness lifeboats were launched due to weather and tidal conditions in the area at the time.
The inshore lifeboat with a crew of three and the all-weather lifeboat with a crew of six launched together at 1400 with the ALB providing cover for the ILB in the poor conditions. The ILB located the kayaker, a man in his late 60’s, on Darnett Ness at 1430. Being wet and extremely cold he was quickly taken onboard the ILB and then transported to the ALB which was some distance away due to the shallow water. Once onboard the ALB the man was taken to the fuel pontoon at Gillingham marina where he was handed into the care of the local coastguard rescue team.
Having just landed the man ashore a further call came in from the UK Coastguard reporting that a further five kayakers were in trouble at Hoo Island and needed assistance due to the weather conditions. Once located the five young men, two of whom were extremely cold bordering on hypothermic, were extracted by the ILB crew and put onboard the bigger boat to also be taken to the pontoon at Gillingham Marina. This incident was not related to the previous one. Wind WSW F6/7,sea state moderate, visibility fair.
Later that day at 2035 the ILB was tasked to assist in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved the ILB was stood down at 2140 and returned to station. NW 4.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 0941 on Thursday 4 June with a crew of three after being tasked to assist in a multi-agency incident in the Rochester area of the River Medway.
The lifeboat was released at 1328 and returned to station where it was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service again at 1440. NNW 4.
Tasked at 1811 and crew paged at 1812 for report of inflatable kayak in difficulties off leisure centre, Sheerness. ILB launched at 1822, but stood down at 1825, casualty craft now ashore with Sheppey CRT. ILB back on station at 1828, ready for service at 1855. ENE 4.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1618 on Saturday 30 May 2020 to reports of two people cut off by the tide on Grain Fort, Isle of Grain.
The lifeboat launched at 1633 with a crew of three and arrived at the fort,which is directly opposite the Lifeboat station across the estuary, at 1637.
The young couple were taken onboard the lifeboat with the crew wearing the required PPE whilst observing all RNLI Covid-19 protocols where possible in the circumstances.
With weather and tidal conditions unsuitable to be able to take the couple ashore at Grain the decision was made to take them back to the Lifeboat station where they could be picked up by a relative.
Having arrived back at the boathouse at 1647 the two were landed safely ashore where they were given safety advice which hopefully they will remember.
Whilst the crew were preparing to lift the ILB from the water a further call came in at 1700 from the UK Coastguard with reports of a Jet Skier overdue in returning back to the Shingle Bank,Minster.
With the crew onboard a search was immediately commenced in the area from Garrison Point towards Minster Beach. A further call from the Coastguard at 1718 reported that the Jet skier had now returned and the ILB could stand down.
Back on station at 1730 the lifeboat was re-fuelled,cleaned down and made ready for further service.
Wind E force 4 to 5.