19th April

Sheerness Inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 13:43 on Monday 19th April to a small inflatable dinghy with reported outboard failure. The craft with two people onboard was situated just off Barton’s Point, Sheerness.
The lifeboat launched at 13:54 with a crew of three and located the tiny craft, which was now underway, at 14:02.
With no action required by the lifeboat crew other than offering safety advice to the two persons, neither of whom was wearing a lifejacket, the ILB was released and returned to station at 14:14. East North East, F2.

14th April

14th April

Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was just launching on exercise with a crew of six on board on Wednesday 14 April when a call from the UK Coastguard, at 19:33, tasked the lifeboat to a 24ft Yacht with four people onboard that had lost power but had manage to secure to the Zulu 2 light buoy in Saltpan Reach, which is close to the gas terminal on the Isle of Grain. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after securing a tow line the casualty craft was towed to the All-Tide-Landing in Queenborough Harbour, where it was safely secured at 20:25.
The ALB returned to station at 21:00, ENE F3.

10th April

10th April

Both ILB and ALB were launched at 1750 to report of “Mayday” call from a small craft making water with 2 persons on board in Saltpan reach, River Medway, a local tug was standing by. On arrival of lifeboats, a small yacht was found at anchor and occupants in no imminent danger, the “Mayday” was downgraded, the tug was also released, it was the yachts small tender, that was making water and so the ILB commenced to bail out the tender, the yacht had suffered engine failure and so the ALB took the yacht under tow and the ILB dealt with the dinghy, both craft were towed to Queenborough Harbour, where they were safely moored. The lifeboats returned to station at 1930. Northerly F5.

29th March

29th March

Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched twice in less than two hours to a dinghy in trouble off the seafront at Sheerness after a number of emergency calls were made to the UK coastguard.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard Monday 29th March in response to a number of 999 calls that they had received voicing concerns for a young female on a dinghy that was drifting off Sheerness seafront.
Launching at 1551 with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene with the casualty, a 15-year-old, just eight minutes later.
The casualty was reassured by the crew that she was now safe and after being fitted with a lifejacket from the lifeboat she was then transferred back to shore and into the care of Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and shortly afterwards to a male relative.
The dinghy was also recovered.
The ILB was released from the incident at 4:19pm and returned to Station at 1630.
At 1637 whilst the Lifeboat was being refuelled and washed down the UK Coastguard requested a launch to the same dinghy that was back in the water, now with two people onboard, and had broken down whilst heading back to a yacht that was moored off Sheerness seafront.
The lifeboat launched again at 1645 with the same three crew members and was on the scene at 1650. After fitting both occupants with life jackets the two people and their tender were transferred back to the safety of their moored vessel.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 1710 and returned to Station at 1715 and was ready for service at 1735. SW 3.