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.
Sheerness RNLI ‘D class’ inshore lifeboat launched at 1525 on Thursday 20 August after reports of two men in a tiny dinghy being seen some two to three miles off the Sheppey coast in the busy shipping lanes of the Thames estuary.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’were tasked by the UK Coastguard who had concerns after reports that a small, tender type, dinghy with two people onboard had been seen in the vicinity of the busy Sea Reach shipping channel, approximately three miles NNE from Garrison Point. Launching at 1525 with a crew of 3 the ILB was initially guided towards the casualty vessel by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team who were on Sheerness Beach. Having been initially visible from the beach, due to its size and distance from shore any visual sighting was soon lost. As the Sheerness lifeboat continued to search the area the UK Coastguard also tasked Southend’s Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat to launch and join the search.
London VTS contacted an outbound ship who confirmed that they had seen the small dinghy in the vicinity of the Sea Reach 3 Buoys heading in a NW direction which would have taken the vessel towards Southend.
Southend Coastguard Rescue Team searched their area and located a dinghy matching the description and after speaking to the two occupants it was confirmed they had launched from Sheerness and they were the vessel in question.
After some strong safety advice it was decided the safest course of action would be for the larger Southend Lifeboat to bring the dinghy and its occupants back to Sheerness, rather than them make the dangerous return journey themselves in their tiny craft ion the prevailing conditions
The Sheerness lifeboat was released from the incident at 1650,arriving back on station at 1725 to be refueled and made ready for further service.
Wind SSW 4/5.
Sheerness RNLI relief inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1718 on Wednesday 19 August to respond to reports of a broken down’ 15′ angling boat with two people onboard in the vicinity of Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale.
Launching with a crew of three at 1734, the ILB was on scene at 1747. A tow was swiftly secured and the vessel which had suffered engine failure was taken to the safety of the nearby launching jetty.
The lifeboat was released at 1808 and was back on station at 1820 where it was refuelled and made ready for further service. Wind SSE 2/3.
Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1756 on Saturday August 15 to assist a motor cruiser with four people onboard. The craft was reported to have overheating problems and there was smoke visible.
Launching at 1756 with a volunteer crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1807 in the area of Oakham Ness jetty in the River Medway.
After confirming there were no more issues with the smoke the crew attached a tow line to the cruiser and headed for Gillingham Marina wher they arrived at 1845. The craft was secured safely on the pontoon at the entrance to the marina where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Fire and Rescue crew were waiting.
The Kent Fire and Rescue team were mobilised by the RNLI lifeboat launching authority on receipt of the initial call from the UK Coastguard as a precaution due to there being reports of smoke on the casualty craft. The lifeboat was released at 1848 and arrived back on station at 1919
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 1653 on Thursday 13th August after being tasked to check on a yacht with one man onboard that had been reported secured to the No 3 Medway Channel buoy. On route to the casualty further information was given that the yacht was now near the Mid Cant Beacon.
Having located the yacht, which was now at anchor, the crew were told by the man, who lived onboard, that he had been making his way to Portsmouth and was waiting for the wind to increase.
His craft which was in a noticeably ‘tired’ condition, had no safety equipment onboard and no means of communication.
With strong safety advice being passed and little more the crew could do, the ILB was released and returned to station, at 1730.
WSW Force 1, Thunder storms looming
Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched on Monday 10 August to assist a yacht with two people on board that had broken down and with no wind to set sails was drifting towards the very busy shipping lanes in the Thames Estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 28 foot sailing yacht that was drifting towards the main shipping lanes in the Warps area of the Thames Estuary.
The yacht with a father and son onboard was in difficulties due to engine failure and with the lack of any wind it was not possible to set sail to get out of trouble.
Launching at 2049 with a crew of seven the lifeboat quickly established communications with the casualty vessel via VHF radio
The lifeboat located the casualty at 2118 and with a towline secured the vessel was taken to the safety of Queenborough Harbour where it was secured on the all tide landing at 2334.
After giving safety advice the ALB was released and was back on station at 2349. ENE 2.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked at 2239 on Friday 7 August 2020 by the UK Coastguard to respond to a multi agency incident in the vicinity of Rochester Castle on the River Medway.
Launching at 2256 with a crew of 3 onboard the lifeboat arrived in the approximate area at 2327 and stood off at a safe distance providing safety cover for the other Agencies involved.
At 0025 the incident was resolved by the other Agencies and the ILB was released.
The lifeboat returned back to station at 0055 and was washed down, refuelled, and was ready for service at 0130. Easterly 2 .
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat attended two incidents in two hours on Tuesday 4 August after being tasked by the UK Coastguard. The first incident involved an up-turned inflatable being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and was followed by a further call to a 54 yr. old lady in difficulties on a paddle board half a mile off Bartons Point.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore relief lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ launched at 1404 after a call from the UK Coastguard reported an up-turned dinghy being blown out to sea off Minster Leas and concerns had been raised whether there had been anybody in it.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance on the beach and gave details of the dinghy’s location to the ILB crew who were on the scene at 1417. Having ascertained that there was nobody with the craft a search of the immediate area was commenced. With nothing found the search area was widened from the Shingle Bank at Minster down to the beach huts off the Little Oyster. Further information reported that the dinghies owners had accidentally lost the dinghy and that they were safe ashore.
The ILB was stood down and had just arrived back on station at 1519, when they were again tasked by the UK Coastguard to go to the rescue of a female paddle boarder who was in trouble half a mile off the Shingle Bank, Minster.
The 54-year-old lady was on her first trip to our local waters when she got into difficulties. With the offshore wind and strong tide she was unable to get back to shore and was drifting further out to sea.
The lifeboat located the lady, who was quite distressed, at 1538 and immediately took her on board. With no medical attention required she was landed safely ashore along with her board.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 1631. SW F4.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1843 to assist a 25 foot fishing vessel with a fouled propeller in the Medway Approach Channel and later the same evening at 2222 the inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate reports of a number of people possibly in need of assistance on the Grain Battery tower at the mouth of the river Medway.
Launching at 1856 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene with the casualty vessel at 1920, a tow line was prepared and a member of crew placed aboard.
At 1932 the ALB commenced the journey back to the All-tide Landing in Queenborough Harbour with the fishing boat under tow where the casualty vessel was secured alongside at at 2045, the Lifeboat was then released from the incident and arrived back at Station at 2056.
SW 10 knots.
Later that evening at2233 the inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of 3 to the Grain Battery (the derelict ‘fort’ at the mouth of the Medway estuary) and was on scene just 5 minutes later.
After checking the welfare of the 14 people on the Fort and confirming they were happy to remain there until the next low water a contact number was taken from one of them , to be passed to the UK Coastguard when the lifeboat returned to station.
The ILB was subsequently released from the incident at 2247 and was back on station 5 minutes later where it was washed down and made ready for service.
The Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was tasked at 1747 on Monday 27 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of A 10m yacht with two people on board that was struggling against strong SW winds and an ebbing tide North East of Garrison Point, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 1805 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene approximately 15 minutes later. At 1822 a tow was commenced to the All-Tide-Landing at Queenborough where the casualty vessel was secured safely alongside just over an hour later at 1925.
The ALB was released and arrived back on station at 1937 and was ready for further service at 1945.
SW gusting F7.
Photos courtesy Steve Elliot.