Inshore lifeboat launched at 1615 to a multi-agency incident in the East Swale off Oare Marsh, after a thorough seach of the area, the ILB was stood down at 1847, returning to station at 1920. Sthly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1950 followed by the All weather lifeboat at 2000 to a multi agency incident at Rochester. All SAR units were stood down at 2130, both lifeboats returned to station at 2235. SW 6 gusting 9.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1202 on Sunday 18 October to reports of a small yacht with one man onboard that was said to be pinned against the Kings Ferry bridge. Whilst on route a call from the UK Coastguard reported that the yacht had been towed clear by a jet-ski and was under its own power to Queenborough.
The lifeboat was stood down and back on station at 1221, after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for service again at 1241. NNW 2.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1229 by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of a person in the water from a submerged vessel in the vicinity of Chatham Reach, River Medway.
Launching at 1242 with a crew of three the ILB was on scene at 1314
After reporting back to the UK Coastguard ‘nothing seen’ the ILB commenced a search but was updated by the UK Coastguard at 1340 after the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team had spoken again to the first informant from a nearby office block and reported that the person had been recovered by a RHIB from a local Yacht Club.
The ILB was stood down at 1340, returned to station at 1427 and was ready for service at 1450. Nthly 4/5.
Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat crew were tasked at 0855 on Sunday 11 October by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of a 29′ cabin cruiser with 3 people on board which was disabled due to becoming entangled in a mooring chain in the vicinity of Gillingham Reach.
Launching at 0917 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 0948.
At 1037 after the lifeboat crew had managed to release the casualty vessel it was then towed the short distance to a mooring opposite Gillingham Marina and the 3 persons were handed into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team who were present on shore.
The ALB was released at 1059 and returned to station at 1135. NW 4.
The Sheerness RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched to reports of two men in the water at Gillingham late in the evening on Saturday 26 September.
The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were tasked at 2224 on Saturday 26 September, by the UK Coastguard, to respond to reports of two men in the water off The Strand close to Gillingham Marina after their dinghy had capsized. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Llydd had also been mobilised.
One of the casualties in the water was clinging to a mooring buoy and was able to speak to the UK Coastguard on his mobile phone, at which time he reported that he had lost sight of his friend who had been in the dinghy with him.
The all-weather lifeboat, ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ with a crew of six and the inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ with a crew of three launched simultaneously at 2242 by which time further information confirmed that there was now just the one casualty, the man clinging to the mooring buoy, as the second person had managed to get safely back to shore.
With weather conditions near gale force and torrential rain the all-weather lifeboat forged a path through the rough seas enabling the small inshore lifeboat to tuck in behind and make best speed up-river.
Both lifeboats were on scene at 2305 and the casualty was immediately spotted by the inshore lifeboat crew, after they had been given precise details that the man was clinging to the first mooring buoy East of Gillingham Marina. They were also further assisted by the casualty who still had the presence of mind and ability to indicate his perilous position using the light from his mobile phone.
With swift work from the lifeboat crew the casualty was pulled to safety and landed ashore and into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew at 2312, by which time the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had arrived on scene and was standing by in case of being required. It was also confirmed at this time that the men’s dinghy had now sunk.
Both lifeboats were released from the incident and were back on station at 2350 and ready for further service at 0015. Wind NW force 7 to 8
Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1027 by the UK Coastguard after a report from Medway VTS of a yacht aground on Queenborough Spit.
Launching at 1040 with a crew of 3 the ILB was on scene 5 minutes later.
After confirming the skipper of the yacht was ok and happy to stay onboard his craft to await the next flood tide. As a safety measure the lifeboat crew deployed the yachts anchor. The Lifeboat was then stood down and was back on station at 1053. Wind SW 3.
The ILB launched at 01:10 on a pre-arranged tasking after an earlier conversation with the UK Coastguard the previous evening. This was done to allow sufficient tide to flood to allow safe access and recovery. The Lifeboat with a crew of 3 onboard was tasked to assist a 15’ fishing boat with 4 POB which had suffered water ingress and had gone aground North of Hoo Island , River Medway earlier the previous afternoon whilst attempting to make their way to the safety of Hoo Marina. The ILB arrived on scene at 01:45 and after rigging a towline had the casualty vessel under tow at 01:55. At 02:14 the casualty vessel was safely secured on a finger mooring within Hoo Marina and the ILB was released leaving the 4 persons in the care of Medway CRT who had also been tasked to assist. The ILB returned to Station at 02:50 and was refuelled and made ready for service. NNE F4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1656 with a crew of three, after being tasked by the UKCG to a small 12ft craft with steering problem between the A2 & M2 Bridges, Rochester. The ILB located the craft in question and secured a tow to return it to its mooring at Cuxton. The craft was secured at 1830 and handed over to Medway CRT, the ILB leaving the scene and arriving back on station at 1945, being ready for service at 2015. NNE F5.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 07:47 by the UK Coastguard to assist in the medical evacuation of a male casualty , 70 years of age on a yacht at Queenborough All TIde Landing who had sustained a suspected broken ankle. Launching at 08:05 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene less than 10 minutes later. After liaising with Sheppey CRT & Ambulance Crew a plan was formulated to extract the casualty safely and by 08:38 this had successfully been achieved and the gentleman passed into the care of the other agencies on scene. The ILB was released at 08:38, returned to Station at 08:40 and was washed down, refuelled and ready for service by 09:04. ENE F 5.