Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked at 2239 on Friday 7 August 2020 by the UK Coastguard to respond to a multi agency incident in the vicinity of Rochester Castle on the River Medway.
Launching at 2256 with a crew of 3 onboard the lifeboat arrived in the approximate area at 2327 and stood off at a safe distance providing safety cover for the other Agencies involved.
At 0025 the incident was resolved by the other Agencies and the ILB was released.
The lifeboat returned back to station at 0055 and was washed down, refuelled, and was ready for service at 0130. Easterly 2 .
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat attended two incidents in two hours on Tuesday 4 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard. The first incident involved an up-turned inflatable being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and was followed by a further call to a 54 yr. old lady in difficulties on a paddle board half a mile off Bartons Point.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore relief lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ launched at 1404 after a call from the UK Coastguard reported an up-turned dinghy being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and concerns had been raised whether there had been anybody in it.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance on the beach and gave details of the dinghy’s location to the ILB crew who were on the scene at 1417. Having ascertained that there was nobody with the craft a search of the immediate area was commenced. With nothing found the search area was widened from the Shingle Bank at Minster down to the beach huts off the Little Oyster. Further information reported that the dinghies owners had accidentally lost the dinghy and that they were safe ashore.
The ILB was stood down and had just arrived back on station at 1519, when they were again tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the rescue of a female paddle boarder who was in trouble half a mile off the Shingle Bank, Minster.
The 54-year-old lady was on her first trip to our local waters when she got into difficulties. With the offshore wind and strong tide she was unable to get back to shore and was drifting further out to sea.
The lifeboat located the lady, who was quite distressed, at 1538 and immediately took her on board. With no medical attention required she was landed safely ashore along with her board.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 1631. SW F4.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1843 to assist a 25 foot fishing vessel with a fouled propeller in the Medway Approach Channel and later the same evening at 2222 the inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate reports of a number of people possibly in need of assistance on the Grain Battery tower at the mouth of the river Medway.
Launching at 1856 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene with the casualty vessel at 1920, a tow line was prepared and a member of crew placed aboard.
At 1932 the ALB commenced the journey back to the All-tide Landing in Queenborough Harbour with the fishing boat under tow where the casualty vessel was secured alongside at at 2045, the Lifeboat was then released from the incident and arrived back at Station at 2056.
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Later that evening at2233 the inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of 3 to the Grain Battery (the derelict ‘fort’ at the mouth of the Medway estuary) and was on scene just 5 minutes later.
After checking the welfare of the 14 people on the Fort and confirming they were happy to remain there until the next low water a contact number was taken from one of them , to be passed to the UK Coastguard when the lifeboat returned to station.
The ILB was subsequently released from the incident at 2247 and was back on station 5 minutes later where it was washed down and made ready for service.
The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was tasked at 1747 on Monday 27 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of A 10m yacht with two people on board that was struggling against strong SW winds and an ebbing tide North East of Garrison Point, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 1805 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene approximately 15 minutes later. At 1822 a tow was commenced to the All-Tide-Landing at Queenborough where the casualty vessel was secured safely alongside just over an hour later at 1925.
The ALB was released and arrived back on station at 1937 and was ready for further service at 1945.
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Photos courtesy Steve Elliot.
The calls keep coming for our very busy station with both boats launched once again.
The Sheerness ILB was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 0946 on Sunday 26 July to reports of a drifting dinghy, West of the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale. The Lifeboat crew were asked to ascertain if there was, or possibly had been, anyone on the dinghy.
Launching at 1000 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene 15 minutes later. At 1020 after confirming it was indeed unoccupied the dinghy was placed under tow and taken to the Kingsferry Boat Club slipway.
The ILB was released from the incident at 1028, returned to station at 1047, refuelled and ready for service at 1105.
Later the same day at 1937 the UK Coastguard tasked both of the Sheerness Lifeboats to respond to reports of two vessels in difficulties close to Grain Number 6 jetty, Sheerness Harbour.
Further information reported that both vessels were being pushed up against the piles on the Grain jetty.
Launching simultaneously at 1950 the Lifeboats immediately had visual contact with the casualties, one of which was a 36-foot vessel that was being assisted by one of Sheerness Port tugs.
Arriving on scene at 1957 it was quickly ascertained that the 2 vessels initially reported had in fact been a smaller RHIB craft that had been attempting to tow the larger vessel which had proved unsuccessful. They had then been assisted by the tug to prevent them from being pushed further into the piles by the Jetty.
The ALB crew quickly attached a towline to the 36’ vessel, which had 4 people onboard and at 2000 commenced the tow to the nearby Queenborough All Tide Landing. The RHIB making the same journey under its own power. The ILB was released from the incident at 2003, returning to station at 2010 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service.
The ALB was released at 2020 having confirmed the casualty yacht was now secure and returned to Station at 2028.
At 2016 the Inshore lifeboat was tasked to reports of a person in the water at Rochester on the River Medway.
Launching at 2030 with a crew of three on board the lifeboat was informed by the UK Coastguard that the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had also been tasked to attend the incident. At 2045 it was confirmed by the UK Coastguard that the person had subsequently been recovered from the water at Gas House Point, Rochester and was in the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew.
The lifeboat and Rescue helicopter were both released from the incident.
The ILB returned to Station at 2100 and was re-fuelled and made ready for service
With some of the crew still at the station preparing to return home the UK Coastguard paged the ILB crew again at 2130 to respond to reports of a dinghy in the vicinity of Hoo Island, in the River Medway, that had been seen with three people on board and was thought to be in need of assistance.
Launching at 2142 with a crew of three the ILB arrived on scene at 2200.
With the tide Ebbing and less than an hour to low water the ILB crew searched along the Northern side of Hoo Island and along Middle Creek, as far as they could safely navigate, with nothing untoward found.
Relocating to the Southern side of the Island the ILB launched a white parachute flare to illuminate the area, again nothing was seen. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, which had also been tasked for the second time that evening, arrived on scene and began a FLIR (forward looking infra-red) search of the entire area which again revealed nothing ,so the decision was made to release the lifeboat and the helicopter at 2320.
The ILB returned to Station at 2355, re-fuelled and made ready for further service
Inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1737 to report of a Jet Ski with 2 persons onboard in difficulties off Minster Shingle Bank, ILB launched and proceeding at 1751. The Inshore lifeboat was stood down at 1753, casualty craft and occupants safe ashore, ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1820. SW 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 2003 to report of a two man Kayak aground near No 24/26 buoy’s River Medway. ILB launched at 2017 with a crew of three arriving on scene at 2037, Kayak aground approx 15 metres from the water’s edge, one crewman from the ILB made his way across the soft mud to the Kayak, one person extremely cold, ILB crew member assisted the occupants back to the ILB one at a time, once both onboard, they were taken to the fuel pontoon at Gillingham marina, where they were met by Medway CRT and an Ambulance. ILB then returned to the Kayak, where it was safely recovered and brought back to station, ILB arriving at 2135, after a thorough deep clean, the ILB was ready fro service at 2220. SW 4.
Whilst the Inshore lifeboat was on service upriver, the All weather lifeboat was tasked at 2049 to a 36Ft Yacht in difficulties approx 4 Miles NE of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey with 4 persons onboard. The ALB launched at 2105, making its way to the casualties position, who had suffered an over heating engine. ALB established comms with the yacht and arrived on scene at 2143, after checking occupants were all okay, the yacht was taken under tow at 2155, proceeding towards the Medway. The casualty craft was secured on a visitors mooring in Queenborough, the ALB returning to station and ready for service at 0030. WSW 3.
ILB was tasked at 0239 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi agency incident in the vicinity of Rochester on the River Medway. Launching at 0300. The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 0340 after it was confirmed that other agencies has resolved the situation.
The Lifeboat returned to Station at 0415, refuelled and made ready for service. WSW 2/3.
The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard later that day at 1330 to reports of a yacht off Stangate Creek, which had suffered a fire in the engine compartment. Launching at 1345 with a crew of 7 onboard the Lifeboat was quickly on the scene. An updated report confirmed the initial fire was out , but with concerns of potential re-ignition a tow was swiftly rigged and the casualty vessel towed to Queenborough All Tide Landing. The Lifeboat at the same time requested that Kent Fire & Rescue be tasked to meet the Lifeboat and the casualty on their arrival to check the yacht over and make safe if need be.
Arriving alongside the All Tide Landing at 1415 the casualty vessel was made secure and handed into the care of Kent Fire & Rescue team and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat was released at 1425 and was back on station at 1435. WSW 2/3.
Another call for the Sheerness Lifeboat crew came at 1614 when they were tasked to ‘assemble’ by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of an incident involving a boat aground South of Sea Reach 6 Buoy, Thames Approach Channel.
Due to the nature of the tasking and the ebbing Tide the the UK Coastguard tasked alternative assets to resolve the situation and the crew were stood down at 1639.
The fourth call from the UK Coastguard on the 18 July tasked the Sheerness ILB at 2331 to reports of 6 persons cut off by the tide at Grain Tower,Isle of Grain.
Launching at 2345 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on the scene within five minutes where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance ashore with further individuals who had also been on the Tower but were now on shore.
The ILB soon ascertained that there were in fact six individuals on the Tower despite initial information received to the contrary and made 3 separate journeys to safely transport the six individuals, two at a time back to the shore and into the care of The Medway Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ILB was released from the scene at 0030 , returned to Station at 0035 refuelled and made ready for service at 0055. Sthly 2.
The first call came at 1434 on Friday 17 July when the volunteer crew of the Inshore lifeboat were tasked to reports of a broken down, 20’ fishing vessel, with 2 persons onboard, located in the vicinity of 2A Buoy, Secondary Approach Channel, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 1448 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene at 1510. The fishing boat had suffered complete electrical failure. A tow was prepared and the casualty was then taken to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour and secured at 1622.
Having been released from the incident by the UK Coastguard the Lifeboat returned to Station at 1635, refuelled and made ready for service. Easterly 3.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1548 on Thursday 16 July to respond to reports of a male on a vessel in Chatham Reach, River Medway, with a medical issue.
Launching at 1601 with a crew of 3 onboard and making best speed the ILB was on scene at 1628. The man subsequently confirmed to the crew that he had his required medication and was content to remain on his vessel.
The ILB was released from the incident at 1630 , returned to station at 1700 and was ready for service at 1715 after having been re-fuelled and made ready for service. NW 2/3.