The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat the ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1110 on Tuesday 17 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 29-foot fishing smack, built in 1860, with mechanical problems. The craft was reported to be approximately 800 yards west of the Red Sands Towers and had two people onboard.
Having arrived on the scene the casualty was found close to Middle Sands, an area South of the original reported position. Both persons onboard reported they were ok and well so a line was passed and secured and their craft was taken under tow. As the fishing smack had been making for Oare Creek before encountering its problems the decision was made to tow it to a mooring off the creek to wait for a workboat from the boatyard to assist. The ALB was released and returned to station via the East and West Swale Channel arriving back on station at 1440. N force 3
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1845 to 6 Mtr Motorboat out of fuel and at anchor, just East of Garrison Point. 3 pob. ILB arrived on scene, tow secured and casualty craft towed back to it’s mooring in Queenborough harbour, ILB landed the persons ashore safe and well. ILB returned to station at 1947. SW 1.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 0041 to incident at Sheerness Seafront. On scene at 0048, incident dealt with by Kent Fire & Rescue along with Secamb, CG & Police. ILB stood down at 0055, returning to station at 0105. Wstly 3.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 10.04 and launched at 10.20 on Friday 6 September in response to a ‘Mayday’ call from a 22-foot yacht which reportedly had a fouled anchor between Red Sand Towers and Princes No 8 buoy in the Thames Estuary
The tug ‘Sandsfoot Castle’ was on the scene and trying to assist the yacht after answering the casualty’s ‘Mayday’ call.
Whilst on route the lifeboat was advised that the yachts anchor had been recovered and the craft was now underway. Further information was received by the lifeboat from the dredger “Arco Beck”, which was at anchor in the Mouse anchorage, that he could see the yacht heading North.
Contact was made from the lifeboat with the casualty on VHF and a D/F bearing obtained. Visual contact was made shortly after with the yacht, which it was noted only had a storm jib in place.
The ALB came alongside the casualty at 11.00 and the occupant reported that he was totally exhausted due to the poor weather conditions. The decision was made to put a crewman onboard to assist, which was safely done.A tow line was passed and the casualty was safely under tow at 11.15.
Due the prevailing weather conditions at the scene it was decided to tow the casualty downwind and sea towards the River Crouch on the Essex coast.
The UK Coastguard were advised of this decision and were requested to launch Burnham RNLI lifeboat to take over the tow, which was done and the Sheerness lifeboat proceeded towards the rendezvous point of Whitaker No 6 buoy where the tow was transferred to the Burnham lifeboat at 13.00
The Sheerness ALB was released at 13.02 and returned to station at 14.15 and ready for service again at 14.45. West South West force 6.
Inshore Lifeboat crew paged at 0127 to RHIB in the Swale after contact had been lost. ILB was cancelled, however at 0135, after being resolved.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1756 after report of a Kayaker in difficulties in entrance of the River Medway. ILB located the casualty at 1802, off the Grain shore, occupant reported he was okay and happy to continue unaided back to Queenborough, after safety advice was given, the ILB returned to station at 1809. WSW 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2003 to report of small RHIB aground in the Swale with 2 persons on board. With the tide still dropping, the ILB proceeded at best speed to the area, limited contact was made with the casualty craft on VHF, but the ILB could still not see the casualty, eventually, the craft was located on the mudflats off Elmley. One crewmember attempted to walk ashore, but due to the soft and deep mud, returned to the ILB, after a lengthy discussion with the UKCG and the occupants, the occupants reported they had warm clothing and provisions and were happy to wait for the flood tide and would keep in contact with the CG. ILB released at 2140, returning to station at 2215. NW 4.