The ILB was launched again on Tuesday 9 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) signal transmitting from a vessel moored in Upnor Reach. The lifeboat located the vessel at 08:50 with no persons on board. Having located the EPIRB it was handed over to the Medway Coastguard Rescue Unit who were on scene.
The lifeboat was released at 09:00 and was back on station and ready for service again at 09:50.
Wind SW 4 with slight seas and moderate visibility.
The inshore lifeboat crew have also been busy, having been called by the UK Coastguard to assist in two multi-agency incidents which took place between 02:09 and 05:00 on Saturday 7 August in the Rochester area.
The new Sheerness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ attended their first incident since going into operational service exactly a week earlier.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 17:45 on Friday 6 August in response to reports of a Pan Pan signal being received (A pan-pan call is warranted to attempt urgent radio contact with an approaching vessel that may be in danger or is approaching a dangerous close-quarters situation that would risk collision.)
The call was received from what was initially reported as a 16 foot yacht with two people onboard, but which ultimately turned out to be be a 16 metre craft, that had had suffered a major electrical failure resulting in total loss of all navigational aids and VHF equipment in a busy shipping area North of the Redsands Towers in the Thames estuary approximately 11 miles from Sheerness.
The position of a likely Radar target for the casualty vessel was given by the UK Coastguard who were receiving sporadic communications with the vessel by a hand held VHF radio.
Having launched the lifeboat was given up-dated information about the position of the casualty and making best speed the ALB was alongside the yacht at 18:36.
Having checked that the three people were all ok the lifeboat then escorted the craft to the safety of Queenborough Harbour and was released at 19:48
The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 20:30.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 15:18 by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of a cabin cruiser with 2 POB that had run aground on the West Shore of the Isle of Grain, within site of the boathouse. Launching with a crew of 3 at 15:32 the ILB was on scene at 15:35. With the tide now flooding and with an ILB crew member onboard the casualty vessel was soon underway and the ILB escorted them into Queenborough Harbour and onto the All Tide Landing and into the care of Sheppey CRT at 16:10.
As soon as the ILB had finished they made their way to another casualty vessel a short distance away at Black Stakes moorings the UK Coastguard had tasked them to, which had also gone aground. On arrival at the 2nd casualty vessel at 16:15 the crew assisted with the retrieval of the anchor and the vessel was underway at 16:25. The ILB was released at 16:25, returning to moorings at 16:40 and was ready for service at 17:00. ENE 3/4.