9th May

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ was tasked at 15:57 on Sunday 9 May to reports of a person with a dinghy presumed to be stuck on the mud at Hoo Island,River Medway.
Having launched at 16:10 with a crew of three the lifeboat was subsequently stood down whilst on route at 16:19 after Medway VTS confirmed that they could now see the dinghy and its occupant under tow from a Jet skier.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 16:27.  W force 4.

2nd May

Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 03:46 on Sunday 2 May 2021 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi-agency incident in the Medway estuary. The lifeboat was released at 04:37and having returned to station was ready for duty again at 05:15. Weather clear with light NE wind.

24th April

24th April

Sheerness and Southend RNLI lifeboat crews rescued two jet skiers and their craft who had run aground on Grain Spit in the Thames estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 14:48 on Saturday 24 April to reports of two jet skiers aground on Grain Spit, a short distance from the Lifeboat Station at Garrison Point, Sheerness.
Launching at 15:04 on an ebbing tide with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene at 15:16, where it was immediately apparent that due to the state of the tide the ILB would not be able to get close to the jet skiers and their craft which were now sitting high and dry.
After consulting with the UK Coastguard, the decision was made that a crew member from the lifeboat would make way on foot across the mud to the casualties and that at the same time the Southend Hovercraft would be tasked to come and assist.
With the Sheerness lifeboat crew member along with the Southend Hovercraft crew on scene the jet skiers and their craft were then transported back to deeper water.
With the two people reporting that they were OK they were then escorted by the Sheerness ILB back to Queenborough Harbour from where they then made their own way back to the original launch site at the Kingsferry Bridge where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07 and was back on station at 16:12, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service at 16:30.
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19th April

Sheerness Inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 13:43 on Monday 19th April to a small inflatable dinghy with reported outboard failure. The craft with two people onboard was situated just off Barton’s Point, Sheerness.
The lifeboat launched at 13:54 with a crew of three and located the tiny craft, which was now underway, at 14:02.
With no action required by the lifeboat crew other than offering safety advice to the two persons, neither of whom was wearing a lifejacket, the ILB was released and returned to station at 14:14. East North East, F2.

14th April

14th April

Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was just launching on exercise with a crew of six on board on Wednesday 14 April when a call from the UK Coastguard, at 19:33, tasked the lifeboat to a 24ft Yacht with four people onboard that had lost power but had manage to secure to the Zulu 2 light buoy in Saltpan Reach, which is close to the gas terminal on the Isle of Grain. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after securing a tow line the casualty craft was towed to the All-Tide-Landing in Queenborough Harbour, where it was safely secured at 20:25.
The ALB returned to station at 21:00, ENE F3.

10th April

10th April

Both ILB and ALB were launched at 1750 to report of “Mayday” call from a small craft making water with 2 persons on board in Saltpan reach, River Medway, a local tug was standing by. On arrival of lifeboats, a small yacht was found at anchor and occupants in no imminent danger, the “Mayday” was downgraded, the tug was also released, it was the yachts small tender, that was making water and so the ILB commenced to bail out the tender, the yacht had suffered engine failure and so the ALB took the yacht under tow and the ILB dealt with the dinghy, both craft were towed to Queenborough Harbour, where they were safely moored. The lifeboats returned to station at 1930. Northerly F5.

29th March

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.
21st March

21st March

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were about to launch on exercise at 1148 on Sunday 21 March a call from the UK Coastguard requested they make their way to the Warden Bay beach area of the island in response to reports of a kite surfer potentially in trouble. With a crew of three onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 1212 where two persons with a kite surf were spotted.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene and confirmed the two people were now making their way back to shore.
Due to the low state of the tide the Lifeboat stood off until it was confirmed the two were safely back ashore and in the care of the coastguard team.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 1232 and arrived back on station at 1322 where it was cleaned, refuelled and ready for further service at 1350. Northerly 2/3.

28th February

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster ’were tasked at 1349 by the UK Coastguard in response to concerns for a fisherman who had been seen approx. 200-300m offshore in the vicinity of Motney Hill, River Medway.
The Lifeboat launched at 1401 with a crew of 3 onboard but was subsequently stood down after it was confirmed that the fisherman was safe.
The ILB was re tasked at 1407 to an ongoing incident at Warden point at the Eastern end of the Island where two people had become stuck in the mud, thankfully with an ebbing tide.
Making best safe speed in the very foggy and misty conditions the lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2.45pm where teams from Kent Fire and Rescue ,the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Ambulance using specialised equipment were in the process of extracting the couple from their predicament.
The ILB was released at 1520 the from the incident after the assets on scene decided it would be safer to transport the casualties along the beach path rather than back through the mud to the lifeboat.
The Lifeboat returned to station at 1545 and was refuelled and ready for service again at 1600. Mist and fog, Wind NE F3.

21st February

21st February

Sheerness ILB was tasked by the UK Coastguard in response to a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who had spotted two teenagers in an inflatable dinghy in the middle of the River Medway between St Mary’s Island and the North shore opposite.
Launching at 1539, the lifeboat was on scene at 1607 where the crew observed that the dinghy and its occupants were now safely ashore.
The ILB was stood down at 1607 and returned to Station at 1645 where it was washed down, refuelled and ready for further service at 1705
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