All weather lifeboat was tasked at 2031 on Sunday 21 July by the UK Coastguard to assist in the location of a 23′ yacht, with one man onboard who was in difficulty and unsure of his position having left London earlier in the day. The Lifeboat was requested to search 0.5 miles offshore from Sheerness and East towards Whitstable. Launching at 2049 the search was commenced at 2052 and ceased at 2110 when the UK Coastguard stood Sheerness Lifeboat down as Whitstable Lifeboat, who had also been tasked, located the casualty off Reculver to the East of their station.The ALB returned to station at 2135. SSW 2/3.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9:38am on 14 July to assist the Whitstable Lifeboat who were with a craft reported to be taking on water in the vicinity of Leysdown Beach.
Once communications were established with Whitstable the plan was to transfer two Sheerness crew members and a Salvage Pump onto the casualty craft and then to establish a towline. Having arrived on the scene at 10:20am this was done and the tow connected at 10:25am. and the Whitstable lifeboat was released.
The tow back to Queenborough was completed at an average speed of 7 knots and with no water ingress to the craft the salvage pump was not used. The casualty was secured on a mooring near Washer Wharf, Queenborough, at 11.55am.The Lifeboat was released at 12:00 and returned to its moorings at 12:10pm where it was refueled and made ready for service.
The two male occupants onboard the casualty had been on route from London to Portsmouth and had previously been removed from the craft by the Whitstable lifeboat and handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team at Leysdown.
Wind Easterly F2/3 throughout, sea smooth to slight on scene.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9.06pm on Saturday 13 July to reports of a 30′ trimaran with 3 POB, one of which was the skipper who had been taken ill. The ALB launched at 9.28pm and was on scene at 9.42pm.The casualty was located in the vicinity of the Mid Cant Beacon in the Thames Estuary.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat ‘Lewisco’ was also in attendance and had initially taken the casualty vessel in tow and put a crew member on board to assess the skipper.
At 9.48pm the ALB took over the tow and placed a crew member on board to continue casualty care. The ALB towed the vessel to Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was made secure.
Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team and the Ambulance service were also on scene and with the casualty handed over into their care the Lifeboat was released at 11.15pm and returned to mooring at 11.25pm. Wind E, F2/3. Visibility good. Sea state slight.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1336 to person reported in the water at Rochester, ILB cancelled before launching at 1345, incident resolved. SW 2
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2310 to incident at Rochester, ILB was stood down on route after the incident was resolved. ILB returned to station at 0024. SW 2.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to two separate incidents in just over four hours in one day at the weekend.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 4.40pm on Sunday 7 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 22foot motor cruiser that had broken down and was drifting in the entrance to Stangate Creek in the River Medway.
The lifeboat located the casualty with three people onboard at 4.57pm and attached a towline. The three confirmed they were all ok and willing to remain onboard whilst their craft was towed back to the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour.
The ILB was back on station at 6.10pm.
The Inshore lifeboat was tasked again later that evening at 9.04pm to reports of an inflatable with one or possibly two persons on board that was drifting approximately half a mile offshore at Sheerness.
The lifeboat carried out a search of the area, checking any objects that were sighted. The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team made a search of the shoreline whilst the tug Svitzer Monarch, which was transiting the area, also kept a sharp lookout.
With the onset of darkness, the ILB returned to station to collect searchlights and night vision equipment to enable the search to continue.
With nothing untoward found the lifeboat was finally released at 11.05pm and was back on station and ready for service at 11.59pm
Wind E 2-3
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0715 to 22ft yacht reported aground in Stangate Creek, River Medway, one person on board. ILB arrived in Stangate creek, but no craft aground, after further info from UKCG, ILB located the craft aground and listing dangerously in Sharfleet Creek, having gone aground on a marshy outcrop and then sliding down bank, the owner was situated on the cabin roof, with nothing that could be done on the falling tide, the owner was taken on board the ILB and landed at Queenborough Harbour, where the owner would make arrangements to recover his craft on flood tide. NW 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0235 to the assistance of a 22ft Yacht, who’s anchor had dragged and yacht was now almost aground on Jacob’s bank, close to Sheerness Seafront. There were two persons on board, ILB on scene at 0238, crew member transferred to attach a tow line, the craft was then towed to the safety of the ATL in Queenborough Harbour, where they were met by Sheppey CRT. ILB returned to station at 0342. NE 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0652 to report of four persons stranded on the old Grain Martello Tower after being out there all night. ILB on scene at 0655, the four persons were helped on board the ILB and then taken to the ATL at Queenborough, where they were landed to Sheppey CRT, who gave safety advice. ILB returned to station at 0728. SSE 3.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1630 to 25ft Motorboat, broken down and at anchor, just NW of the Mid Swatch buoy, 1 person on board. On scene at 1645, crewman placed on board to establish tow, casualties anchor raised and craft safely under tow at 1650. Casualty craft secured on safe mooring in Queenborough harbour and lifeboat returned to station at 1800. WSW 4.