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.