13th September

13th September

Sheerness ILB was tasked at 19:12 to reports of incident at the Kingsferry Bridge, Police in attendance. Launching at 19:26 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was subsequently stood down at 19:35 as the incident had been resolved. Returned to moorings at 1945, ready for service at 20:00. Easterly F4.

12th September

12th September

Sheerness ILB was requested to launch to reports of an incident at Rochester, River Medway. ILB launched 22:05 & proceeded up river,but was stood down shortly afterwards at 22:11, as the situation had been resolved by the police on scene. ILB back on station 22:15, ready for service 22:25. Southerly F4.

11th September

11th September

ILB requested to launch to search along Sheerness & Minster sea front following reports of a missing person.  ILB launched at 06:20 and started searching 06:34 from Sheppey Sailing Centre towards Minster Leas. CG mobile units were in attendance searching the beach areas. ILB completed search at 07:04 and with an ebbing tide, was unable to maintain the search close to the shoreline. ILB stood down 07:10 & was back on station & ready for service at 07:30. The person in question was found safe & well ashore shortly after this.

9th September

9th September

Sheerness ILB was tasked at 18:40 by the UK Coastguard to reports of a person in the water in the vicinity of Chatham Maritime. Launching at 19:00 with a crew of 3 the ILB was stood down at 19:10 when it was confirmed by the UK Coastguard that the person who had been within the Dockyard basin area was now in the care of Kent Police. ILB returned to station at 1915 and was ready for service at 19:30. Weather cloudy, Wind SW F3.

8th September

8th September

ILB requested to assist 2 Jet skiers reported aground in the Swale, ILB already afloat on exercise close to Queenborough Spit and proceeded into the Swale at 18:00. ILB arrived on scene 18:30 to find the jetskis high & dry on the mud, some way from any navigable water or the sea wall. CG mobile units from the Island & Herne Bay attended and attempted to get to the 2 casualties with the jetskis. After some considerable effort by both the ILB crew & CG it became apparent that extracting the casualties across the mud was not a viable option and CG helicopter 163 was requested to assist. 163 arrived on scene 20:40 and was able to lift both casualties & CG personnel to safety, although it had to divert to Southend to refuel during the operation. All personnel ashore by 21:45, ILB released 22:05 & returned to station, being ready for service after cleaning by 23:30. Weather; E2.