Kayakers rescued by Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats at the start of another busy weekend for the crew.
Whilst out on a call to rescue a lone kayaker in the River Medway a further call was relayed to the lifeboats that another five kayakers were in trouble further up river.
The volunteer crew of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1342 on Saturday 6 June to reports of a lone kayaker in difficulties and stranded on Darnett Ness which is one of many islands in the Medway Estuary. Both the Sheerness lifeboats were launched due to weather and tidal conditions in the area at the time.
The inshore lifeboat with a crew of three and the all-weather lifeboat with a crew of six launched together at 1400 with the ALB providing cover for the ILB in the poor conditions. The ILB located the kayaker, a man in his late 60’s, on Darnett Ness at 1430. Being wet and extremely cold he was quickly taken onboard the ILB and then transported to the ALB which was some distance away due to the shallow water. Once onboard the ALB the man was taken to the fuel pontoon at Gillingham marina where he was handed into the care of the local coastguard rescue team.
Having just landed the man ashore a further call came in from the UK Coastguard reporting that a further five kayakers were in trouble at Hoo Island and needed assistance due to the weather conditions. Once located the five young men, two of whom were extremely cold bordering on hypothermic, were extracted by the ILB crew and put onboard the bigger boat to also be taken to the pontoon at Gillingham Marina. This incident was not related to the previous one. Wind WSW F6/7,sea state moderate, visibility fair.
Later that day at 2035 the ILB was tasked to assist in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved the ILB was stood down at 2140 and returned to station. NW 4.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 0941 on Thursday 4 June with a crew of three after being tasked to assist in a multi-agency incident in the Rochester area of the River Medway.
The lifeboat was released at 1328 and returned to station where it was cleaned, refuelled and ready for service again at 1440. NNW 4.
Tasked at 1811 and crew paged at 1812 for report of inflatable kayak in difficulties off leisure centre, Sheerness. ILB launched at 1822, but stood down at 1825, casualty craft now ashore with Sheppey CRT. ILB back on station at 1828, ready for service at 1855. ENE 4.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1618 on Saturday 30 May 2020 to reports of two people cut off by the tide on Grain Fort, Isle of Grain.
The lifeboat launched at 1633 with a crew of three and arrived at the fort,which is directly opposite the Lifeboat station across the estuary, at 1637.
The young couple were taken onboard the lifeboat with the crew wearing the required PPE whilst observing all RNLI Covid-19 protocols where possible in the circumstances.
With weather and tidal conditions unsuitable to be able to take the couple ashore at Grain the decision was made to take them back to the Lifeboat station where they could be picked up by a relative.
Having arrived back at the boathouse at 1647 the two were landed safely ashore where they were given safety advice which hopefully they will remember.
Whilst the crew were preparing to lift the ILB from the water a further call came in at 1700 from the UK Coastguard with reports of a Jet Skier overdue in returning back to the Shingle Bank,Minster.
With the crew onboard a search was immediately commenced in the area from Garrison Point towards Minster Beach. A further call from the Coastguard at 1718 reported that the Jet skier had now returned and the ILB could stand down.
Back on station at 1730 the lifeboat was re-fuelled,cleaned down and made ready for further service.
Wind E force 4 to 5.
The ILB crew were back in action again at 1008 on Saturday 23 May after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist in another multi-agency incident, this time on Sheppey. With the incident reported as resolved the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 1155. After refuelling and cleaning down the ILB was ready for further service.
Having literally just left the boathouse the ILB crew were paged once again at 1344 with the UK Coastguard requesting the ILB launch to assist a Kite-Surfer reported to be in trouble in the area of Kingsnorth Jetty and Hoo Island in the River Medway. In worsening conditions with heavy squalls of rain and hailstones the ILB made best speed to the area given. At1415 the UK Coastguard sent the ILB a message reporting the Kite-surfer was now ashore and the crew could stand down.
The ILB was back on station at 1445. Wind WSW force 6-7 .
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Buster’ launched with a crew of three at 1805 on Friday 22 May after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a small tender with one man onboard that was in difficulties near the Kingsnorth Jetty in the River Medway. Having arrived at the given location at 1838 and with nothing found an update was received giving further information that the casualty was located further East in the area of Dam Head Creek. The crew located the casualty at 1855 and whilst dealing with this incident a priority call was put through to the ILB from the UK Coastguard directing the crew to head to Gillingham Strand to assist in a multi-agency incident taking place there. Whilst still on route to Gillingham the crew received a call at 1820 informing that they stand down as this incident had been resolved. The ILB immediately turned around and headed back to assist the man in the first incident. Having arrived back at Dam Head Creek and with tidal conditions now unfavourable the man was taken onboard the lifeboat and brought back to the lifeboat station and taken ashore at 2055.
Wind SSW 22-25knots.
Whilst the ILB was attending to these incidents another call was made from the UK Coastguard at 1909 tasking the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ to assist a 20-foot Dayboat that was in difficulties off Garrison Point after having mechanical problems. Having launched with a crew of five the ALB quickly located the casualty craft which was then taken under tow to the all tide landing in Queenborough Harbour where it was safely secured at 2005. ALB back on station at 2014.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched to assist a craft with four people onboard reported to be in difficulty in the River Medway
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1920 on Tuesday 19th May 2020 in response to a 19’ vessel with 4 people onboard that had suffered mechanical issues in the Kingsnorth Jetty area of the River Medway.
Launching at 1935 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene 15 minutes later. A towline was rigged and the vessel was towed to the Strand at Gillingham, where due to lack of water, it was secured on a mooring. The 2 adults and 2 children were then transported to the shore by the ILB in 2 short trips. The ILB returned to Station at 2105 were it was refuelled and made ready for service. Wind WNW F 1/2.
Busy times again for the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats
With warm weather and easing of restrictions the Sheerness lifeboat crews have been called out to a variety of incidents
The volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat were paged at 1413 on Monday 18 May to reports of a Jet skier reported to be more than an hour overdue returning to the ramp at Shingle Bank, Minster. With the crew on station and preparing to launch they received a call to say the man was now back on shore, so the crew were stood down before launching.
Whilst the crew were still on station a further call came in at 1502 from the UK Coastguard requesting that the All Weather Lifeboat be launched to a 30 foot cabin cruiser reported to have six people on board and said to be sinking ,in the area of number 25 buoy, River Medway. The emergency call had been made by another vessel which was on the scene.
With crew on station from the previous call the ALB was launched immediately and located the casualty at 1526 and under tow by the other vessel but sitting very low in the water at the stern.
The lifeboat was secured alongside the casualty and the crew then deployed their onboard salvage pump in the crafts flooded engine bay. The vessel was towed, slowly, to Gillingham Marina where it was handed over to the marina work boat. Water was still being pumped from the vessel until it was lifted from the water in the marina boat hoist.
With the casualty craft safe and the salvage pump back onboard, the lifeboat was stood down at 1654 and back on station at 1730.
Wind W force 2
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of three at 1402 on Sunday 17 May after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency incident.
The lifeboat was stood down at 1517 and was back on station at 1540 and after cleaning down and refuelling was ready for service again at 1620.
Wind W F1-2,clear skies and good visibility.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to a 15 foot craft, with two people onboard, in difficulty off Queenborough in the River Medway
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Buster were tasked at 1508 on Friday 15 May 2020 by the UK Coastguard to a 15 foot craft, with two people onboard, that was in trouble after suffering engine failure close to Queenborough Spit in the River Medway.
The lifeboat with a crew of three located the casualty at 1532. A tow line was attached and the craft with its occupants were safely towed to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1600. Wind E F3
All Covid-19 protocols were followed by the crew before,during and after this callout.