Having just returned from exercise, the ILB launched at 1318 to a small 14ft Dory with 2 persons on board aground on Queenborough Spit, the ILB managed to close to within approx 40ft and with one crewman walking across to casualty with tow line,the ILB managed to tow the craft off the mud into deeper water, where the casualty managed to re-start their outboard, the ILB escorted the craft into Quenborough Causeway, where the craft was recovered. The ILB returned to station at 1450. NNE 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1950 to a 22ft angling boat with 3 persons on board, broken down near No 20 Buoy, River Medway. ILB on scene at 2009, craft taken under tow and safely towed back to its mooring in Damhead Creek. Once the persons were seen safe ashore, the ILB was released and returned to station at 2200. Light Airs.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1138 on Saturday 28 December 2019 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of an up-turned dinghy in the River Medway close to the M2 Bridge at Rochester.
The lifeboat proceeded at best speed and located the craft along with a large piece of floating debris and with nothing untoward found a line was attached and the wreckage was towed to Medway Bridge Marina where,with assistance from the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team,it was removed from the water and the lifeboat crew were stood down.
Whilst on route back to station the lifeboat crew reported to the Coastguard that there was a lot of floating debris all the way upriver from Rochester in the tidal section.
The lifeboat was back on station at 1345. Wind SSE 2
The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out to help search for a craft that was four hours overdue getting to Queenborough
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 2050 on Thursday 19 December after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to search for a 25 foot workboat that had left Sun Pier, Chatham, at 1420 heading for Queenborough Harbour where it was due to arrive at approximately 1630.No communication had been received from the missing craft and concerns had been raised as to its safety and also for the 57 year old man onboard who was alone and suffering health problems.
The ALB had commenced a search of the lower reaches of the River Medway when a call from the Medway Coastguard rescue team reported that the craft had been spotted on a mooring at Gillingham. Having located the craft, the ALB crew made it secure and took the man ashore where he was taken into the care of the coastguard team.
The ALB was back on station at 2220. wind SSE force 4
The crew of the inshore lifeboat launched at 2334 the same night after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist in a further incident which involved the Coastguard helicopter from Lydd and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Teams.
The ILB returned to station at 0200.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 0112 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to an incident at Minster. The ILB was released at 0224, returned to station at 0235 and ready for service again at 0315 after a thorough wash down of the boat and equipment. Wind SSW F3/4.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat crew were called out to assist in a multi-agency search for a person reported to be in the river at Rochester
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 0128 on Saturday 14 December after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports that a person was in the water between Rochester Bridge and the M2 bridge at Rochester.
The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 0208 and immediately commenced a search of the area. Teams from the Medway and Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Teams were in attendance and began a search of the shoreline. A short while later the Coastguard helicopter from Lydd along with teams from Kent Fire and Rescue and Kent Search and Rescue were on scene and joined the search.
Further information was received from Kent Police at 0422, following which the search was terminated and all rescue teams were stood down.
The ILB returned to station at 0500 following a ‘bumpy’ and wet ride back to station with winds blowing WSW force 6 and heavy rain. After refuelling and hosing down ‘Buster’ was ready for service again at 0530.