RNLI Lifeboat launched after a group of people, including children, became cut off by the tide.
The group of about seven or eight were walking to the sandbanks at Minster Leas beach on The Isle of Sheppey only to be caught out by the speed of the rising tide
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 17:25 on Saturday 5 June after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports from the public of people being ‘cut off’ by the incoming tide at The Leas, Minster.
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd had also been mobilised but it was fortunately not needed as the Lifeboat crew were quickly on the scene, and along with the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, observed whilst five people made their own way to the shore safely. The crew were then made aware of three more people further down the beach who were also in the same predicament but who needed assistance. The three were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed safely and un-harmed on the beach and passed into the care of the Sheppey CRT.
The ILB was stood down at 17:54 and returned to station at 18:20 Wind Easterly 2 to 3 knots with clear skies and calm seas.
Sheerness RNLI Press Officer Vic.Booth said: ‘The group had walked out to the sandbanks and were unaware that the tide was coming in around them. The tide along this part of our coastline comes in really quickly and before you know it you have got water between yourself and the shore. The RNLI and the UK Coastguard urge everyone to check on the tidal conditions before beginning any type of activity along the coast. This incident proves how dangerous just a simple paddle in the sea can become a nightmare in just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, this incident had a positive outcome but things could have rapidly escalated without observant members of the public and the speedy response of the Sheerness Lifeboat crew and the Sheppey Coastguard Team. Please enjoy our beautiful coastline and Blue Flag Beaches but do make every effort to stay safe.’
The Inshore lifeboat launched again later that day at 19:48 after being tasked by the UK Coastguards who had again been called by a member of the public who had voiced concerns for the safety of five youngsters in two tiny inflatable dinghies off Beach Street, Sheerness.
The lifeboat located the two dinghies at 19:55 and offered safety advice and assistance to the youngsters. One group declined any help whilst the other was assisted back to the shore and passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 20:06 and returned to station at 20:25.
Sheerness all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson launched at 14:20 on Thursday 3 June to a pre-arranged launch via the UK Coastguard to provide safety cover and escort a Royal Engineers EOD (Explosives Ordnance Disposal) RHIB craft to a dredger moored in the Southend Anchorages that had picked up suspected ordnance whilst dredging.
The ALB commenced the escort at 14:45 from Sheerness Harbour arriving at the moored dredging vessel at 15:05.
The EOD crew quickly had the suspected ordnance onboard their craft and with the lifeboat escorting they headed back to Queenborough Harbour for them to recover their vessel and its cargo from the water but with unfavourable tidal conditions the EOD subsequently decided to recover at the Kingsferry landing.
The lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07, returned to station at 16:15 and was ready for service at 16:25
Sheerness Inshore lifeboat launched at 23:10 to assist in multi-agency incident for a missing person at Rochester, the search was called off at 00:23, person found safe by Police. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 01:25. NE 4.
The inshore lifeboat was tasked at 09:06 on Friday 28 May by the UK Coastguard to a report initially of a yacht dragging anchor at Slaughterhouse Point, River Medway.
Launching at 09:23 with a crew of three the lifeboat was on scene at 09:33 and having checked the position given, the crew soon located a yacht on its side. After hailing the skipper, it was confirmed he had arrived in the early hours of the morning and moored in the wrong place. He confirmed that he was happy to stay on board and await the next tide.
Based on this information the ILB was released at 09:43 and returned to station, refuelled and ready for service again at 10:20
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 15:02 on Thursday 27 May when the Inshore lifeboat Buster was tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a Jet Ski with two people onboard that had broken down close to the Grain Martello Tower.
Having launched with a crew of three the casualty craft was quickly located. With a tow line attached the craft and its crew was towed to the Lower Camber Basin in Sheerness Docks where it was secured at 15:25.
The owners then made their own arrangements to have the Jet Ski and themselves recovered from the docks and returned to their base at Allhallows.
The inshore lifeboat launched again at 18:42 after being tasked again by the UK Coastguard who had received a call from a member of the public that persons, believed to be on Jet Skis, could be seen ‘waving’ and looked to be in trouble close to the Montgomery Wreck in the Medway Estuary.
Further information from a passing vessel reported that seeing no Jet Skiers but there was a group of Kayakers in the reported vicinity.
The ILB crew located the Kayakers midway between the wreck and shore off Sheerness and after checking that all were ok and not in need of any assistance the Lifeboat was stood down at 19:10and returned to station at 19:30. ENE f 3/4.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ was tasked at 15:57 on Sunday 9 May to reports of a person with a dinghy presumed to be stuck on the mud at Hoo Island,River Medway.
Having launched at 16:10 with a crew of three the lifeboat was subsequently stood down whilst on route at 16:19 after Medway VTS confirmed that they could now see the dinghy and its occupant under tow from a Jet skier.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 16:27. W force 4.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 03:46 on Sunday 2 May 2021 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi-agency incident in the Medway estuary. The lifeboat was released at 04:37and having returned to station was ready for duty again at 05:15. Weather clear with light NE wind.
Sheerness and Southend RNLI lifeboat crews rescued two jet skiers and their craft who had run aground on Grain Spit in the Thames estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 14:48 on Saturday 24 April to reports of two jet skiers aground on Grain Spit, a short distance from the Lifeboat Station at Garrison Point, Sheerness.
Launching at 15:04 on an ebbing tide with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene at 15:16, where it was immediately apparent that due to the state of the tide the ILB would not be able to get close to the jet skiers and their craft which were now sitting high and dry.
After consulting with the UK Coastguard, the decision was made that a crew member from the lifeboat would make way on foot across the mud to the casualties and that at the same time the Southend Hovercraft would be tasked to come and assist.
With the Sheerness lifeboat crew member along with the Southend Hovercraft crew on scene the jet skiers and their craft were then transported back to deeper water.
With the two people reporting that they were OK they were then escorted by the Sheerness ILB back to Queenborough Harbour from where they then made their own way back to the original launch site at the Kingsferry Bridge where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07 and was back on station at 16:12, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service at 16:30.
Sheerness Inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 13:43 on Monday 19th April to a small inflatable dinghy with reported outboard failure. The craft with two people onboard was situated just off Barton’s Point, Sheerness.
The lifeboat launched at 13:54 with a crew of three and located the tiny craft, which was now underway, at 14:02.
With no action required by the lifeboat crew other than offering safety advice to the two persons, neither of whom was wearing a lifejacket, the ILB was released and returned to station at 14:14. East North East, F2.
Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was just launching on exercise with a crew of six on board on Wednesday 14 April when a call from the UK Coastguard, at 19:33, tasked the lifeboat to a 24ft Yacht with four people onboard that had lost power but had manage to secure to the Zulu 2 light buoy in Saltpan Reach, which is close to the gas terminal on the Isle of Grain. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after securing a tow line the casualty craft was towed to the All-Tide-Landing in Queenborough Harbour, where it was safely secured at 20:25.
The ALB returned to station at 21:00, ENE F3.