4th August

4th August

 Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat attended two incidents in two hours on Tuesday 4 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard. The first incident involved an up-turned inflatable being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and was followed by a further call to a 54 yr. old lady in difficulties on a paddle board half a mile off Bartons Point.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore relief lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ launched at 1404 after a call from the UK Coastguard reported an up-turned dinghy being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and concerns had been raised whether there had been anybody in it.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance on the beach and gave details of the dinghy’s location to the ILB crew who were on the scene at 1417. Having ascertained that there was nobody with the craft a search of the immediate area was commenced. With nothing found the search area was widened from the Shingle Bank at Minster down to the beach huts off the Little Oyster. Further information reported that the dinghies owners had accidentally lost the dinghy and that they were safe ashore.
The ILB was stood down and had just arrived back on station at 1519, when they were again tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the rescue of a female paddle boarder who was in trouble half a mile off the Shingle Bank, Minster.
The 54-year-old lady was on her first trip to our local waters when she got into difficulties. With the offshore wind and strong tide she was unable to get back to shore and was drifting further out to sea.
The lifeboat located the lady, who was quite distressed, at 1538 and immediately took her on board. With no medical attention required she was landed safely ashore along with her board.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 1631. SW F4.