26th June

Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1958 to meet the Whitstable Lifeboat and take over the tow of a Jetski and its lone occupant with the view of returning both to the Shingle Bank, Minster.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat had launched at around 1930 to the Jetski which had broken down nine miles northeast of Whitstable and was drifting in a busy shipping lane.
The Sheerness ILB launched at 2015 with a crew of three onboard. Whilst on route to rendezvous with the Whitstable lifeboat they were informed by the UK Coastguard that the man from the jetskiĀ  had deteriorated and that the Whitstable crew had dropped the tow and were proceeding at best speed with the casualty to the Sheerness lifeboat station and that an ambulance was required.
The Sheerness ILB was stood down and returned to station at 2043 followed closely by the Whitstable lifeboat from where the casualty was transferred into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. With the arrival of an ambulance the casualty was assessed and due to possible water ingestion, he was taken to hospital.
Having left the Sheerness station, the Whitstable lifeboat returned to the initial scene, located the abandoned jet ski, and towed it back to their home station. S F4