24th July

24th July

Inshore Lifeboat launched at 07:03 having been tasked by the UKCG to an incident at Rochester. The ILB was stood down at 07:05, incident resolved. ILB returned to station and was ready for service at 07:35. Wind ENE F5.

23rd July

23rd July

The Sheerness RNLI launched to rescue two jet skiers in trouble after they had run aground in East Swale
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Friday 23 July 2021 to two jet skiers and their craft that were reported aground in East Swale in the area of No.10 Buoy.
The lifeboat launched at 16:41and arrived on scene at 17:05 where one of the casualties was spotted approximately 220 yards across deep mud from their position. The second craft was located a further 200 yards or so further away.
With no access possible for the lifeboat a crew member made his way, cautiously and with difficulty, across the mud to the first casualty where he assessed the situation.
After consultation with the casualties and the lifeboat helm it was considered by all that it would be too dangerous to attempt to extract the casualties across the mud .With this in mind the crew member returned to the lifeboat where he reported that both persons were very cold and were wearing totally inadequate clothing. Other search and rescue assets were considered but found to be unavailable.
After further discussion with the UK Coastguard it was decided that two ‘mud technicians’ from the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team would attempt a rescue using their mud equipment. With the decision made the lifeboat returned to Kingsferry Bridge where the two Sheppey Coastguard members were taken onboard and ferried out to the casualties’ position.
With their equipment deployed the two Coastguards were able to safely reach the casualties who were then recovered back to the lifeboat with their jet skis being left in situ.
Having returned the two men back to Kingsferry Bridge into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team at 19:15 the lifeboat then returned to collect the two very muddy ‘mud technicians’ and their equipment which was safely achieved at 19:35.
The lifeboat was released from the incident and returned to station at 19:52 nd following a thorough cleaning and refuelling was ready for further service at 20:30. Wind ENE F5.
22nd July

22nd July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked at 18:24 on Thursday 22 July 2021 to a report from the UK Coastguard of two boys in the water off Invicta Road, Sheerness, who were reportedly out of their depth.
The ILB launched at 18:42 and was on the scene at 18:46 where both boys were found to be in no danger, with the water around them only thigh deep and the tide ebbing,
In the interests of safety and to prevent any further calls the ILB crew members persuaded the boys to make their way ashore to where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to offer safety advice.
Once the two were almost ashore the ILB was released and returned to station and was ready for service at 09:15
Wind Easterly 3.

21st July

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 23:01 on Wednesday 21 July in response to a call from the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved all agencies were stood down at 23:41. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 00:45.
Wind ENE f 3.

13th July

13th July

Relief Inshore was tasked by the UK Coastguard to a report of a capsized Kayaker off Gillingham, the ILB launched at 20:23, arriving on scene at 20:46, nothing was sighted in the immediate area, the ILB carried out a search of the moorings downstream of the marina and along the shoreline. CG, Police and Kent Fire & Rescue searching from shoreside. With nothing untoward found, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 22:00, ready for service at 22:27. Northerly F4.

 

7th July

Sheerness RNLI relief inshore lifeboat launched at 10:10 on Wednesday 7 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved the lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 11:13. Wind SSW F 5.

2nd July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI relief fleet inshore lifeboat D-809 ‘Eric Howland’ were tasked at 16:27 on Friday 2 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of a windsurfer deemed to be in difficulties approximately 700m off shore and 200m west of the Sheerness Catholic Church on Marine Parade.
Launching at 16:42 with a crew of 3 the lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 16:46. No medical assistance was required and the windsurfer plus his rig were taken back to the safety of the Shingle Bank from where they had launched.
The ILB was released from the incident at 17:04, returned to station at 5.12pm and was ready for service after cleaning and re-fuelling at 17:33
SSE F3.

27th June

27th June

Sheerness all-weather lifeboat was launched in the early hours to a yacht with an engine fire.
Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 03:02 on Sunday 27 June 2021 to a Yacht with one man onboard that was in difficulties after an engine fire. The casualty craft was reported to be on a mooring off Gillingham in the River Medway.
The ALB launched at 03:20 with a crew of six and proceeded at best speed to the casualty. The only communication the crew had with the yacht was by mobile phone through the man’s wife who was ashore.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 03:47 and located the casualty, which was moored amidships onto a buoy close to Gillingham Reach.
With the lifeboat alongside, the owner reported the fire was out, but was concerned it may re-ignite and so with this in mind he was taken off and landed ashore at Gillingham marina into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team. An ambulance had also been arranged by the UK Coastguard.
With the man safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to the yacht and two crew were placed onboard to re-secure it from its bow. A complete check was then made of the craft and no signs of any smouldering or fire were evident.
With the craft safe, the cabin was made secure and the Lifeboat departed scene at 4:38am and was back on her moorings and ready for service again at 05:22.
Wind NE F 4.

5th June

RNLI Lifeboat launched after a group of people, including children, became cut off by the tide.
The group of about seven or eight were walking to the sandbanks at Minster Leas beach on The Isle of Sheppey only to be caught out by the speed of the rising tide
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 17:25 on Saturday 5 June after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports from the public of people being ‘cut off’ by the incoming tide at The Leas, Minster.
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd had also been mobilised but it was fortunately not needed as the Lifeboat crew were quickly on the scene, and along with the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, observed whilst five people made their own way to the shore safely. The crew were then made aware of three more people further down the beach who were also in the same predicament but who needed assistance. The three were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed safely and un-harmed on the beach and passed into the care of the Sheppey CRT.
The ILB was stood down at 17:54 and returned to station at 18:20 Wind Easterly 2 to 3 knots with clear skies and calm seas.
Sheerness RNLI Press Officer Vic.Booth said: ‘The group had walked out to the sandbanks and were unaware that the tide was coming in around them. The tide along this part of our coastline comes in really quickly and before you know it you have got water between yourself and the shore. The RNLI and the UK Coastguard urge everyone to check on the tidal conditions before beginning any type of activity along the coast. This incident proves how dangerous just a simple paddle in the sea can become a nightmare in just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, this incident had a positive outcome but things could have rapidly escalated without observant members of the public and the speedy response of the Sheerness Lifeboat crew and the Sheppey Coastguard Team. Please enjoy our beautiful coastline and Blue Flag Beaches but do make every effort to stay safe.’
The Inshore lifeboat launched again later that day at 19:48 after being tasked by the UK Coastguards who had again been called by a member of the public who had voiced concerns for the safety of five youngsters in two tiny inflatable dinghies off Beach Street, Sheerness.
The lifeboat located the two dinghies at 19:55 and offered safety advice and assistance to the youngsters. One group declined any help whilst the other was assisted back to the shore and passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 20:06 and returned to station at 20:25.