20th November

20th November

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched at 3.34pm on Sunday 21 November with a crew of three to reports of two people stranded on Hoo Island in the River Medway. Making best speed the lifeboat was on scene and located the two men at 3.56pm approximately 100 meters west of Hoo Fort.
Having ascertained that both men were well they were then taken onboard the lifeboat and landed safely ashore at Gillingham where they were passed into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue team.
The men had paddled out to the island in an inflatable kayak which when they returned had disappeared,presumed to have been blown out to sea.
The lifeboat was released at 4.30pm and was back on station and ready for service again at 5.22pm.
Wind NNW F3 with slight seas and good visibilty.

13th November

13th November

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 9.26am on Saturday 13 November to respond to reports of a kite surfer in apparent difficulty in the vicinity of the eastern end of The Leas, Minster seafront. Reports that several other people had gone into the water to assist were also passed on. Launching at 9.42am with a crew of 3 onboard the Lifeboat was stood down at 9.50am after it had been confirmed by the local Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team that all persons were accounted for and on shore. Weather cloudy, Wind W F3 Sea state calm visibility good. ILB returned to station at 10.00am,refueled, washed down and ready for service at 10.15

7th November

The Sheerness all-weather lifeboat Judith Copping Joyce was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 4.20am on Sunday 7 November to take over the tow of a 21 foot yacht, which had lost its rudder, from the Southend RNLI Atlantic class lifeboat  “Julia and Angus Wright”.
Launching at 4.34am with a crew of six the ALB was on the scene at 5.15am and within 10 minutes had taken over the tow from the Southend crew.
The casualty vessel with two people onboard was towed in Queenborough Harbour and secured on the all-tide landing at 7.45am.
The lifeboat was stood down at 7.55am and was back on her mooring and ready for service again at 8.45am.
Wind NNW F3 with good visibility, clear skies and calm seas

6th November

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked at 1.32pm on Saturday 6 November by UK Coastguard to reports that a foil surfer was in difficulty NE of Bartons Point.
Launching at 1.44pm with a crew of three the crew were updated by the UK Coastguard to a 2nd casualty involving two people in a small inflatable tender who had been fishing and had also got into difficulties.
Further communication from the UK Coastguard informed that both sets of casualties had now been assisted by a passing UK Border Force Patrol vessel and had been taken onboard. Having made contact with the patrol boat the three people were transferred onto the lifeboat and taken to the Shingle Bank along with the dinghy and foil board minus its sail.
All three casualties reported that they were in good health, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Weather Clear skies, Wind SW 22 knots, sea state slight.

1st November

A middle aged man was pulled from the water by the crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat late in the evening of Monday 1 November 2021
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked to an immediate launch by the UK Coastguard at 10.32pm on Monday 1 November in response to reports of a person in the water off the beach in the vicinity of the Catholic Church on Sheerness Broadway.
Launching at 10.48pm with a crew of three the lifeboat made best speed to the area and was on scene within four minutes, where with the assistance of the Sheppey Coast Guard Rescue Team on shore equipped with torches, the casualty was quickly spotted, floating face upwards approximately 30 metres offshore and drifting on the strong ebb tide.
The man was swiftly extracted from the water and was landed ashore at 10.54pm where the lifeboat crew along with the Sheppey Coastguard unit members administered oxygen and wrapped him in thermal blankets due his being extremely cold
With the arrival of an Ambulance crew on scene the ILB crew and Sheppey Coastguard carried the man on a stretcher along the seafront to an access ramp on the main road where the Ambulance was waiting to transport him to hospital.
With the casualty safely in the care of the Ambulance crew the lifeboat was released from the incident at 11.25pm, returning to station 11.30pm, refuelled and ready for service again at 11.50pm.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW F3, Sea state calm, visibility good.
Sheerness RNLI spokesman Vic. Booth said: ’at the present time we have no information as to how or why the man was in the water, but can only say that without the rapid response and expertise of the teams involved the outcome would have sadly been very different.’

A middle aged man was pulled from the water by the crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat late in the evening of Monday 1 November 2021
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked to an immediate launch by the UK Coastguard at 22:32 on Monday 1 November in response to reports of a person in the water off the beach in the vicinity of the Catholic Church on Sheerness Broadway.
Launching at 22:48 with a crew of three the lifeboat made best speed to the area and was on scene within four minutes, where with the assistance of the Sheppey Coast Guard Rescue Team on shore equipped with torches, the casualty was quickly spotted, floating face upwards approximately 30 metres offshore and drifting on the strong ebb tide.
The man was swiftly extracted from the water and was landed ashore at 22:54 where the lifeboat crew along with the Sheppey Coastguard unit members administered oxygen and wrapped him in thermal blankets due his being extremely cold
With the arrival of an Ambulance crew on scene the ILB crew and Sheppey Coastguard carried the man on a stretcher along the seafront to an access ramp on the main road where the Ambulance was waiting to transport him to hospital.
With the casualty safely in the care of the Ambulance crew the lifeboat was released from the incident at 23:25, returning to station 23:30, refuelled and ready for service again at 23:50.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW F3, Sea state calm, visibility good.
Sheerness RNLI spokesman Vic. Booth said: ’at the present time we have no information as to how or why the man was in the water, but can only say that without the rapid response and expertise of the teams involved the outcome would have sadly been very different.’
30th October

30th October

Inshore lifeboat tasked at 17:10 to incident at Medway Valley Park, ILB launched at 17:28 but were stood down at 17:36 after other agencies resolved the incident. ILB returned to station and made ready for service. SW F2.

29th October

29th October

Inshore lifeboat tasked at 14:49 to incident at Rochester, ILB launched at 15:27 arriving on scene at 16:10, the inshore lifeboat was released at 17:00 after the incident was resolved. ILB returned to station at 17:50 and ready for service at 18:10. SW f4/5.

23rd October

The Inshore lifeboat was tasked at 16:47 on Saturday 23 October by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of an intoxicated person in the sea opposite Tesco’s on Sheerness Seafront.
Launching at 17:00 with a crew of three the ILB was on scene 6 minutes later.
The casualty was found to be on shore and Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance.
The ILB was released at 17:52 returning to station five minutes later and was ready for service again at 18:30.
Weather overcast, Wind S F2, Sea state calm. visibility good.

21st October

Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on 21 October to incident off Sheerness.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Thursday 21 October at 15:48 to reports of a windsurfer potentially in difficulty on the Shingle Bank with unconfirmed reports that someone may have gone into the sea to assist.
Having just returned to station after being at sea on exercise and with the lifeboat still in the water with a crew of three the ILB was on scene 5 minutes later and was stood down at 16:00 when it was confirmed by the UK Coastguard via Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team that the person in question was safely on the beach having swum their windsurfing rig back to the beach after the wind had dropped.
Weather clear skies, Wind F5 NW, Sea state moderate, visibility good.