26th September

26th September

The Sheerness RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched to reports of two men in the water at Gillingham late in the evening on Saturday 26 September.
The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were tasked at 2224 on Saturday 26 September, by the UK Coastguard, to respond to reports of two men in the water off The Strand close to Gillingham Marina after their dinghy had capsized. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Llydd had also been mobilised.
One of the casualties in the water was clinging to a mooring buoy and was able to speak to the UK Coastguard on his mobile phone, at which time he reported that he had lost sight of his friend who had been in the dinghy with him.
The all-weather lifeboat, ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ with a crew of six and the inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ with a crew of three launched simultaneously at 2242 by which time further information confirmed that there was now just the one casualty, the man clinging to the mooring buoy, as the second person had managed to get safely back to shore.
With weather conditions near gale force and torrential rain the all-weather lifeboat forged a path through the rough seas enabling the small inshore lifeboat to tuck in behind and make best speed up-river.
Both lifeboats were on scene at 2305 and the casualty was immediately spotted by the inshore lifeboat crew, after they had been given precise details that the man was clinging to the first mooring buoy East of Gillingham Marina. They were also further assisted by the casualty who still had the presence of mind and ability to indicate his perilous position using the light from his mobile phone.
With swift work from the lifeboat crew the casualty was pulled to safety and landed ashore and into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew at 2312, by which time the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had arrived on scene and was standing by in case of being required. It was also confirmed at this time that the men’s dinghy had now sunk.
Both lifeboats were released from the incident and were back on station at 2350 and ready for further service at 0015. Wind NW force 7 to 8

22nd September

Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1027 by the UK Coastguard after a report from Medway VTS of a yacht aground on Queenborough Spit.
Launching at 1040 with a crew of 3 the ILB was on scene 5 minutes later.
After confirming the skipper of the yacht was ok and happy to stay onboard his craft to await the next flood tide. As a safety measure the lifeboat crew deployed the yachts anchor. The Lifeboat was then stood down and was back on station at 1053.  Wind SW 3.

21st September

21st September

The ILB launched at 01:10 on a pre-arranged tasking after an earlier conversation with the UK Coastguard the previous evening. This was done to allow sufficient tide to flood to allow safe access and recovery. The Lifeboat with a crew of 3 onboard was tasked to  assist a 15’ fishing boat with 4 POB which had suffered water ingress and had gone aground North of Hoo Island , River Medway earlier the previous afternoon whilst attempting to make their way to the safety of Hoo Marina. The ILB arrived on scene at 01:45 and after rigging a towline had the casualty vessel under tow at 01:55. At 02:14 the casualty vessel was safely secured on a finger mooring within Hoo Marina and the ILB was released leaving the 4 persons in the care of Medway CRT who had also been tasked to assist. The ILB returned to Station at 02:50 and was refuelled and made ready for service. NNE F4.

19th September

19th September

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1656 with a crew of three, after being tasked by the UKCG to a small 12ft craft with steering problem between the A2 & M2 Bridges, Rochester. The ILB located the craft in question and secured a tow to return it to its mooring at Cuxton. The craft was secured at 1830 and handed over to Medway CRT, the ILB leaving the scene and arriving back on station at 1945, being ready for service at 2015. NNE F5.

18th September

18th September

Sheerness ILB was tasked at 07:47 by the UK Coastguard to assist in the medical evacuation of a male casualty , 70 years of age on a yacht at Queenborough All TIde Landing who had sustained a suspected broken ankle. Launching at 08:05 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene less than 10 minutes later. After liaising with Sheppey CRT & Ambulance Crew a plan was formulated to extract the casualty safely and by 08:38 this had successfully been achieved and the gentleman passed into the care of the other agencies on scene. The ILB was released at 08:38, returned to Station at 08:40 and was washed down, refuelled and ready for service by 09:04. ENE F 5.

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17th September

17th September

Sheerness ALB was tasked at 17:58 to respond to reports of a 20ft cabin cruiser reportedly 2.5 NM off of Shellness in the Thames Estuary. Launching at 18:15 with a crew of 7 onboard the ALB made its way to the position given by the UK Coastguard. At 19:03 the Lifeboat had visual on the casualty vessel which was approximately 1.7NM from their position. It was immediately apparent to the Lifeboat Cox’n that due to the ebbing tIde and that L.W was under an hour away that the Lifeboat would not be able to approach any closer to the casualty until 22:30-23:00 when the tide had flooded sufficiently. After conversations with the UK Coastguard who had been in contact with the vessel occupants by mobile phone ( as they had no VHF) confirming that the casualty vessel was anchored, had provisions and were happy to wait the ALB was stood down at 19:49. The UK Coastguard had been in contact with Whitstable Lifeboat Station who would later be tasked to assist once the tide had flooded sufficiently. The ALB returned to Station at 20:59 and was refuelled, washed down and was ready for service at 21:30. NE F5/6.

15th September

15th September

Inshore lifeboat launched at 2312 on Tuesday 15 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of an 18 foot craft with a 60yr old man onboard that had lost power and was drifting in the vicinity of Whitewall Creek opposite the Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Having launched with a crew of three the lifeboat located the casualty at 2341. A towline was attached and the vessel was towed to safety further along the creek. Once the craft had been secured the lifeboat was released and arrived back on station at 0100 where it was refuelled and made ready for further service.  ESE 2.

12th September

12th September

Inshore lifeboat tasked at 0646 to person reported in the water at Rochester Bridge, holding onto a lifebuoy. Inshore lifeboat launched at 0703 and proceeding at best speed to casualty, Medway CRT proceeding along with Kent Fire & Rescue. ILB was stood down at 0712, Person confirmed to have been recovered from the water and safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 0721, ready for service at 0740. SW 3.

UKCG requested ALB launch to 36ft Yacht aground near Darnettness. After discussion with UKCG / DLA and Coxswain, it was decided to launch the ILB to investigate yacht due to the tidal conditions on scene, (L.W 14:04). ILB launched at 1355, arriving on scene at 1414, the ILB attempted to tow the vessel clear, but was hard aground, the ILB crew deployed the casualties anchor, although the vessel had a single keel, it was sitting upright and was estimated to refloat in approx 2 hours, the two persons onboard were happy to remain and await the tide and then proceed on on their passage. The ILB was released at 1431, returning to station at 1450, ready for service at 1517. SW 4.

8th September

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of three at 1836 om Tuesday 8 September after being tasked to reports of a jet ski with fuel problems near Dead Mans Island, Queenborough Harbour. The casualty was located at 1846 close to Loden Hope, Queenborough Harbour. A tow was established and along with its male rider the Jetski was taken to the launching ramp at Kingsferry Bridge. The lifeboat was released and arrived back on station at 2027. SW F3.