5th July

5th July

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1229 on Sunday 5 July to assist a 32-foot yacht suffering mechanical issues and with the prevailing weather conditions at the time was in difficulties close to the busy Sea Reach Channel in the Thames estuary.
Having launched at 1245 with a crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1305.  The yacht had been on route from Gravesend to Queenborough when it got into difficulties and was being shadowed by the Gravesend RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat which had initially been called to its assistance. With the arrival of the bigger Sheerness lifeboat on the scene a towline was passed to the yacht, which was then towed to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured at 1428 and its three occupants passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ALB returned to its mooring at 1440 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service again.  Wind WSW 6.

3rd July

3rd July

Inshore lifeboat with a crew of three launched twice on Friday 3 July to separate incidents involving craft with mechanical issues and requiring assistance. The first call was to a Jet Ski with problems in the Thames Estuary followed later that day by a call to Upnor, in the River Medway, to a dinghy with engine problems and its lone occupant who was feeling unwell.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1238  after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a Jet ski with one person onboard that had broken down and was drifting East of Allhallows on Sea in the Thames estuary close to the entrance to Yantlet Creek. The casualty was located at 1254 and was quickly taken under tow back to the shore with its occupant.
The lifeboat was released at 1315 and returned to station at 2337. Wind SW 5/6.
Later that day at 1549 the crew of the inshore lifeboat were called out again by the UK Coastguard to assist a man who was feeling unwell and in difficulties in a dinghy at Upnor in the River Medway.
Having launched at 1613 the lifeboat made best speed in the prevailing conditions and located the casualty at 1653. The man had managed to get to a pontoon close to Chatham marina which unfortunately for him did not have access to the shore. The crew quickly rigged a tow line and took the dinghy and its occupant to Sun Pier, Chatham, where friends were waiting to assist him.
The lifeboat was released at 1717 and was back on station at 1750 where after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for further service.
Wind W force 6 .