The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked at 0006 on Tuesday 7 July to reports of a small dory type craft, with one man onboard, that was taking on water and sinking in the vicinity of S1 buoy in Queenborough Harbour.
Having launched with a crew of four at 0025 the casualty was located at 0035. A local fishing boat was already on the scene and giving assistance to the now partly submerged vessel and its occupant who was still onboard.
The man who was very cold and wet was quickly transferred to the lifeboat and taken back to the shore where he was handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team whilst waiting for an ambulance,which had been requested as a precaution due to him having been water.
With the ambulance crew on scene and checking the casualty a second man turned up and reported that he had been with the boat but had managed to get back to shore. This chap,who was also very cold and wet,was also checked over by the medics.
Whilst this was going on the lifeboat had returned to the by now mostly submerged craft where a towline was attached and from there they were able to tow it to a safer position closer to shore.
The lifeboat was released by the UK Coastguard at 0120 and was back on station at 0130 where it was refuelled and ready for service again at 0155. NW 3/4.
Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1229 on Sunday 5 July to assist a 32-foot yacht suffering mechanical issues and with the prevailing weather conditions at the time was in difficulties close to the busy Sea Reach Channel in the Thames estuary.
Having launched at 1245 with a crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1305. The yacht had been on route from Gravesend to Queenborough when it got into difficulties and was being shadowed by the Gravesend RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat which had initially been called to its assistance. With the arrival of the bigger Sheerness lifeboat on the scene a towline was passed to the yacht, which was then towed to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured at 1428 and its three occupants passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ALB returned to its mooring at 1440 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service again. Wind WSW 6.
Inshore lifeboat with a crew of three launched twice on Friday 3 July to separate incidents involving craft with mechanical issues and requiring assistance. The first call was to a Jet Ski with problems in the Thames Estuary followed later that day by a call to Upnor, in the River Medway, to a dinghy with engine problems and its lone occupant who was feeling unwell.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1238 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a Jet ski with one person onboard that had broken down and was drifting East of Allhallows on Sea in the Thames estuary close to the entrance to Yantlet Creek. The casualty was located at 1254 and was quickly taken under tow back to the shore with its occupant.
The lifeboat was released at 1315 and returned to station at 2337. Wind SW 5/6.
Later that day at 1549 the crew of the inshore lifeboat were called out again by the UK Coastguard to assist a man who was feeling unwell and in difficulties in a dinghy at Upnor in the River Medway.
Having launched at 1613 the lifeboat made best speed in the prevailing conditions and located the casualty at 1653. The man had managed to get to a pontoon close to Chatham marina which unfortunately for him did not have access to the shore. The crew quickly rigged a tow line and took the dinghy and its occupant to Sun Pier, Chatham, where friends were waiting to assist him.
The lifeboat was released at 1717 and was back on station at 1750 where after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for further service.
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Sheerness all weather lifeboat launched 1230 in response to a call from the UK Coastguard reporting a PLB (personal locator beacon) signal had been received.
Having launched with a crew of six onboard the lifeboat was requested to commence a search from the Isle of Grain in a Easterly direction to the Whitstable Flats, utilising the lifeboat directional finding equipment to pick up any signal from the PLB. The lifeboat crew also commenced a visual search of theb area being covered.
Further search coverage was provided by a UK Coastguard helicopter using its DF equipment in an area further south so that full coverage of the 8.3 mile radius the UK Coastguard had calculated the PLB to be located in.
The lifeboat was stood down after an extensive search of the area reported ‘nothing heard’.
The lifeboat returned to its moorings at 1502. W F4/5.
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 jetski 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
Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew were called out twice on Sunday 21 June to separate incidents involving pleasure craft on the Isle of Sheppey. The first incident involved two adults and four children, the second saw three adults guided to safety after abandoning their speedboat which had sunk off the Sheppey coast.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1446 on Sunday 21 June to reports of a 15’ motor vessel that had engine problems in the vicinity of Ridham Dock, The Swale. There were 6 people on board, 2 adults & 4 children.
Launching with a crew of 3 at 1455 the ILB was subsequently stood down at 1520 as the the occupants were reported safely ashore having been assisted by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. The ILB returned to Station at 1547, was refuelled and made ready for further service. SW F4/5.
The inshore lifeboat launched again at 2023 to reports of 3 persons in a speedboat reportedly in trouble in between Whitstable and Warden Bay. Whilst on route an update from the UK Coastguard reported that the speedboat had now sunk and that the occupants were ashore and in touch by mobile phone with the Coastguard but were unsure of their position. Whitstable Lifeboat, who had also been tasked ,was on scene followed shortly by the Sheerness lifeboat. With both boats commencing a search,initially people were spotted on the mud near the shore but it was soon confirmed by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team that they were in fact bait diggers.
In the meantime the UK Coastguard at , who were co-ordinating the search, had the occupants of the sunken vessel download the what3words app to their phone. By using the what3words app the Coastguard was able to update the location of the casualties, which was to the east of the boom at Minster,and direct them to safety. The three,who were very cold and wet were guided to the eastern end of The Leas where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew.
The ILB was stood down at 2123 , returning to station at 2147, refuelled and made ready for service. W F4/5.
Footnote: The what3words app.helps you find and share your precise location.
It is used by all the Emergency services. It is available to everyone and as in the case above can get help to you in an emergency.
This app divides the world up into 3 metre squares. Then gives each square a unique 3 word code that you give to the Emergency service and they can pinpoint to within 3 metres of where you are. Link below.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1306 to report of a person in the water near M2 Bridge, Rochester. ILB launched and proceeded, but was stood down at 1338, when it was confirmed, that the incident had been resolved. ILB returned to station and was ready for service at 1405. Estly 2.
Inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1915 on Monday 15 June to a report from a member of the public of two persons in the water after their Jet Ski had capsized off the Playa Club, Minster Leas. The ILB arrived on scene at 1938 to find the two persons were safe ashore and their Jet Ski had been recovered to the beach. With all being well the ILB returned to station at 1950 and was ready for service again at 2011. Easterly F2.
Sheerness ILB launched at 15:08 with a crew of 3 in response to a request at 14:54 from the UK Coastguard to assist 2 persons in the vicinity of Gillingham Reach, River Medway. The 2 persons were now sheltering on a yacht having had problems with the jet ski they had been on. Arriving on scene at 15:30 the 2 persons were taken on board the ILB and handed over to the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team at Gillingham Marina. The ILB departed the scene at 15:45 and arrived back at Station at 16:12 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service at 1636. NNW 3.
The inshore lifeboat was tasked again on Sunday 7 June at 1342 after a call to the UK Coastguard reported that 2 persons was potentially cut off by the tide in the vicinity of Royal Oak Point having been seen walking in that direction, but had not returned as the tide was flooding. Launching at 1357 with a crew of three the ILB arrived on scene at 1410 where they spoke to two anglers who said they were aware of the tides and would be returning as the tide receded. Although the incident is classed as false alarm good intent this was exactly the right action taken by a vigilant member of the public. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 1445. NNW 4.
Not to be left out whilst this was going on yet another call came in from the UK Coastguard tasking the all-weather lifeboat to assist a 50-foot vessel with three people on-board that was in trouble off Garrison Point after suffering mechanical problems. The lifeboat was subsequently stood down at 1415 after the request was cancelled. As the crew were already onboard the ALB but did not launch the incident is classed as a ‘crew assembly’.
And finally, to end the weekend the ILB crew were paged at 1617in response to reports that a person had been in the water at Sun Pier, Chatham and was now in a small tender but having difficulty making their way to safety. Having launched at 1633 the ILB was immediately stood down after the UK Coastguard confirmed that Kent Fire and Rescue were on the scene and resolving the situation.