10th October

10th October

Sheerness ALB was tasked at 02:07 on 10 October by the UK Coastguard to assist an eight-meter Sea-Ray Motor Cruiser with three people onboard which had gone aground on Grain Hard, which is a short distance from the Lifeboat Station at Garrison Point across the estuary mouth.
Launching in thick fog at 02:27  with a crew of six the Lifeboat was with the casualty vessel at 02:40.
Due to the lack of visibility, it was decided that the safest option was to lash the casualty vessel alongside the lifeboat and tow it back to the safety of Queenborough Harbour. Once alongside All-Tide Landing the casualty was released and at 03:41 the ALB commenced the short journey back to its moorings at Sheerness, arriving back at 04:04.
Thick Fog, Wind SW F1, sea state calm, visibility Very Poor., down to 1 Cable or less (appx. 160 mtrs)

6th October

Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was requested to launch at 11:17  on Wednesday 6 October by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) signal in the vicinity of St Mary’s Island, River Medway.
Launching at 11:34 with a crew of six the ALB was on scene at 12:10.
R163 Coastguard Helicopter which had also been tasked was on scene at 12:15.
After searching the area from which the signal had been transmitting and with nothing untoward found the lifeboat and the helicopter began a search back down river.
At 13:30 the UK Coastguard Requested that the ALB and helicopter both re-task to reports of a person in the water at St Mary’s Island.
At 13:45 the duty Sheerness RNLI DLA (deputy launching authority) spoke to Medway Yacht Club who confirmed that the person in the water was a regular swimmer in the area. With this information the UK Coastguard confirmed at 14:15 that the person was accounted for and the ALB could stand down from this incident.
The lifeboat then continued back towards station keeping a look out for anything untoward as regards the EPIRB incident.
The ALB returned to moorings at 14:51.
Wind WNW 21-25 KNOTS, sea state Slight, visibility Good.