Sheerness ALB was tasked at 17:58 to respond to reports of a 20ft cabin cruiser reportedly 2.5 NM off of Shellness in the Thames Estuary. Launching at 18:15 with a crew of 7 onboard the ALB made its way to the position given by the UK Coastguard. At 19:03 the Lifeboat had visual on the casualty vessel which was approximately 1.7NM from their position. It was immediately apparent to the Lifeboat Cox’n that due to the ebbing tIde and that L.W was under an hour away that the Lifeboat would not be able to approach any closer to the casualty until 22:30-23:00 when the tide had flooded sufficiently. After conversations with the UK Coastguard who had been in contact with the vessel occupants by mobile phone ( as they had no VHF) confirming that the casualty vessel was anchored, had provisions and were happy to wait the ALB was stood down at 19:49. The UK Coastguard had been in contact with Whitstable Lifeboat Station who would later be tasked to assist once the tide had flooded sufficiently. The ALB returned to Station at 20:59 and was refuelled, washed down and was ready for service at 21:30. NE F5/6.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2312 on Tuesday 15 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of an 18 foot craft with a 60yr old man onboard that had lost power and was drifting in the vicinity of Whitewall Creek opposite the Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Having launched with a crew of three the lifeboat located the casualty at 2341. A towline was attached and the vessel was towed to safety further along the creek. Once the craft had been secured the lifeboat was released and arrived back on station at 0100 where it was refuelled and made ready for further service. ESE 2.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 2154, in response to UKCG concerned for the welfare of a individual onboard a craft at Chatham. ILB launch cancelled at 2205, contact made with the individual, all well.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 0646 to person reported in the water at Rochester Bridge, holding onto a lifebuoy. Inshore lifeboat launched at 0703 and proceeding at best speed to casualty, Medway CRT proceeding along with Kent Fire & Rescue. ILB was stood down at 0712, Person confirmed to have been recovered from the water and safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 0721, ready for service at 0740. SW 3.
UKCG requested ALB launch to 36ft Yacht aground near Darnettness. After discussion with UKCG / DLA and Coxswain, it was decided to launch the ILB to investigate yacht due to the tidal conditions on scene, (L.W 14:04). ILB launched at 1355, arriving on scene at 1414, the ILB attempted to tow the vessel clear, but was hard aground, the ILB crew deployed the casualties anchor, although the vessel had a single keel, it was sitting upright and was estimated to refloat in approx 2 hours, the two persons onboard were happy to remain and await the tide and then proceed on on their passage. The ILB was released at 1431, returning to station at 1450, ready for service at 1517. SW 4.
The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of three at 1836 om Tuesday 8 September after being tasked to reports of a jet ski with fuel problems near Dead Mans Island, Queenborough Harbour. The casualty was located at 1846 close to Loden Hope, Queenborough Harbour. A tow was established and along with its male rider the Jetski was taken to the launching ramp at Kingsferry Bridge. The lifeboat was released and arrived back on station at 2027. SW F3.
ILB tasked to report of person entered the water at Sheerness, ILB stood down before launch, person safe with Police and Cg.
The first call from the UK Coastguard tasked the inshore lifeboat to provide safety cover in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. The volunteer crew of the Sheerness relief inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ were tasked at 2002 on Friday 4 September by the UK Coastguard to provide safety cover whilst a multi-agency incident was taking place on the River Medway near Rochester. Launching at 2018, with a crew of three, the lifeboat was on scene at 2050. With the incident ongoing, at 0130 the next day the decision was taken to effect a crew change but to avoid the lifeboat having to leave the scene the Lifeboat Operations Manager, liased with the UK Coastguard and arranged for the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team to transport three relief crew members from the Lifeboat station at Sheerness to the incident scene at Rochester and then return the existing crew back to Sheerness. With the relief crew on scene at Rochester continuing to provide safety cover the original crew arrived back on station at Sheerness 0325 where they found that the all-weather-lifeboat had just been tasked by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports that a 10 mtr, 35 tonne fishing trawler had fouled its nets and propeller on an underwater obstacle close to No4 Buoy in the Medway approach channel. Without hesitation the three crew members promptly changed out of their ILB Drysuits and put on their all weather gear to join the crew who had been paged to man the ALB. Launching at 0335 the lifeboat located the casualty trawler with two crew members onboard at 0350. A tow line was passed across from the lifeboat which enabled the trawler crew to cut away their gear from the large obstacle they were caught up on.The lifeboat was then able to tow the casualty back to Queenborough Harbour where it was safely secured at 0515. The ALB returned to station at 0530 which coincided with the arrival of the ILB which had been stood down at 0450 after the Rochester incident had been resolved. Both lifeboats were ready for service again at 0550. WSW 3/4
ILB tasked to report of Kite Surfer in difficulties off Minster Shingle bank, stood down before launch, casualty safe ashore.
ILB tasked at 20:50 to respond to reports of a 65 year old male with chest pains who was onboard a vessel on the River Medway, opposite Command House Chatham. ILB launched at 21:02 with a crew of 3 onboard and was on scene at 21:37. Once on scene it was immediately apparent that the person was indeed in need of medical attention – the crew swiftly extracted him from his vessel and transported him the short distance to Sun Pier and into the care of the awaiting Ambulance. The ILB was released from the incident at 21:58 , returning to station at 22:37, refuelled, washed down and was ready for service at 23:00. WSW 4/5.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 2134 on Sunday 30 August to assist in a multi-agency incident in the vicinity of Royal Oak Point, Minster Cliffs.
It was reported that a 19-year-old male had fallen down the cliffs and that Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, the Kent Ambulance HART team (Hazardous Area Response Team) and also a Kent Police crew were in attendance. The lifeboat was required to act as cover from the base of the cliffs. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter had also been tasked to attend from its base at Lydd.
The lifeboat launched at 2148 with a crew of 3 onboard and was on scene 10 minutes later.
The helicopter deployed their winchman plus a stretcher and extracted the casualty who had been in the care of the HART Team. A crew member from the lifeboat was placed onshore to relay communications between the HART and Police teams to the Coastguard teams on the cliff top.
After the casualty had been winched aboard the helicopter he was landed a short distance away on a safe landing site prepared by Sheppey Coastguard Rescue team.
The HART team and Police crew totalling nine persons were then safely extracted by the lifeboat from the bottom of the cliffs and transported to the Leas in two separate trips.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 2326 and was back on station at 2345 where it was refuelled and made ready for service. WNW F 4.
Sheerness Relief ILB was tasked at 19:56 to respond to assist with a multi agency incident at Rochester. Launching at 20:10 with a crew of 3 onboard. The Lifeboat was stood down 7 minutes later at 20:17 when it was confirmed by the UK Coastguard that the incident had been resolved by other agencies. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 2042. SW 2/3.
Sheerness relief ILB was tasked at 19:02 to reports of an inflatable dinghy secured to a Navigation Mark , West of Hoo Island, River Medway. Launching at 19:15 the ILB had to return to station due to an issue with the outboard, the Coastguard were updated. The ILB was recovered and the issue remedied, the Coastguard was contacted for an update, passing vessels had reported to VTS & subsequently the Coastguard that the dinghy was’ high and dry’ approx 150m from the shore and no persons seen. With this information at 19:49 the UK Coastguard informed the ILB to stand down as a launch would not be required. SW 2/3.