30th August

30th August

Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2134 on Sunday 30 August to assist in a multi-agency incident in the vicinity of Royal Oak Point, Minster Cliffs.
It was reported that a 19-year-old male had fallen down the cliffs and that Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, the Kent Ambulance HART team (Hazardous Area Response Team) and also a Kent Police crew were in attendance. The lifeboat was required to act as cover from the base of the cliffs. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter had also been tasked to attend from its base at Lydd.
The lifeboat launched at 2148 with a crew of 3 onboard and was on scene 10 minutes later.
The helicopter deployed their winchman plus a stretcher and extracted the casualty who had been in the care of the HART Team. A crew member from the lifeboat was placed onshore to relay communications between the HART and Police teams to the Coastguard teams on the cliff top.
After the casualty had been winched aboard the helicopter he was landed a short distance away on a safe landing site prepared by Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team.
The HART team and Police crew totalling nine persons were then safely extracted by the lifeboat from the bottom of the cliffs and transported to the Leas in two separate trips.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 2326 and was back on station at 2345 where it was refuelled and made ready for service. WNW F 4.