The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked on Monday 9 December by the UK Coastguard to reports that a 44 foot houseboat with two people onboard had become detached from its mooring and was drifting in the vicinity of the Medway Towns rowing Club in Rochester.
The lifeboat launched at 0010 with a crew of three and was on the scene with the casualty at 0055. Whilst on route the crew were informed that a line from the houseboat had snagged the seabed and halted its drift. After discussion, the people onboard declined the offer to be taken ashore and confirmed that they had a suitable tender and also lifejackets.
The lifeboat was released at 0135 and arrived back on station at 0210 where other crew members were waiting to re-fuel and make it ready for further service. WSW F 3/4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1525 to report of 4 Kayakers in difficulties at Hoo Island, River Medway. The casualties were located at 1547 and taken to Gillingham Marina where they were handed into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and other than being a bit cold they reported having no other problems. The lifeboat then recovered their Kayaks and brought them ashore.The lifeboat was released at 1614 and arrived back on station at 1635. After cleaning and re-fuelling the ILB was ready for further service at 1650. Wind Southerly 2.
Inshore and All weather lifeboat launched at 1454 to incident at Rochester, the all weather lifeboat being launched to escort the smaller ILB upriver in the prevailing weather. Both lifeboats were stood down at 1512, incident resolved. Both lifeboats back on station at 1535. SSW 6/7.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1441 to report of persons on Martello Tower off Grain, UKCG concerned for their safety. ILB on scene at 1444, contact made with 4 persons camping on tower until next LW, all have mobile phones, food and warm clothing. ILB released and returned to station at 1500. SSW 2/3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1530 on Tuesday 15 October after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a 26′ motorboat with three men onboard,reported as possibly aground after leaving Mariners Farm boatyard (lower Rainham Rd).The ILB located the craft at 1550 high and dry on the south side of Nore Marsh. An anchor was deployed to secure the craft and the three men were taken onboard the lifeboat and ferried to Gillingham Strand where they were handed into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue team.
The ILB was stood down at 1628,back on station at 1700 and made ready for further service at 1728.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1815 to 6Mtr Cabin Cruiser broken down in Wickham Reach, River Medway, 3 persons on board. ILB arrived on scene at 1856, all persons okay, a tow was established and casualty craft towed to Medway Bridge Marina, where they were met by Medway CRT. ILB released and returned to station and ready for service at 2055. Westerly 4/5.
All weather lifeboat launched at 1055 to report of an upturned dinghy sighted in the vicinity of the Zulu 2 anchorage off Southend, ALB arrived in area and commenced a search, the dinghy was located, no signs of recent occupation and was likely to have come off a beach with the spring tides, the dinghy was righted and towed back to Sheerness, ALB ready for service at 1230. NW 5.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1912 to incident at M2 Bridge, Rochester, after gathering further information, the ILB was launched at 1930, arriving on scene and carrying out a search along with shore units. ILB was stood down at 2053, returning to station and ready for service at 2200. Sw 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2246 to 42ft Yacht with 2 persons on board aground on Grain Hard, ILB on scene at 2300, attempting to secure a tow line. All Weather Lifeboat was launched at 2305 to assist ILB, the ILB successfully re-floated the yacht and towed it out into deeper water, where the tow was handed over to the ALB, the yacht was then towed in to the safety of Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. Both lifeboats returned to station and were ready for service at 2359. Sthly 5/6.