Inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 1721 on Saturday 6 February by the UK Coastguard in response to report of lights being seen on Grain Tower.
Launching at 1736 with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene at 5.40pm where they made contact with three people fishing and who confirmed they were happy to remain on the Tower until the next low water.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 1743 after taking the contact details of the three persons to hand over to the UK Coastguard for safety reasons.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1750 and was made ready for further service. NE 5
Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was launched to rescue three young men from Red Sand Towers after they had become stranded.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 0833 to reports of three people being stranded on the Red Sand Towers in the Thames Estuary
Launching at 0857 with a crew of six the ALB arrived on the scene at 0928 and soon located the three young men who were then removed from the tower and taken onboard the lifeboat which then returned to the Lifeboat mooring in Sheerness docks.
The lifeboat arrived back on station at 1005where they were met by members of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Police.
The three young men said that they had become stranded on the Red Sand towers after their two RHIB craft had gone adrift on the tide. ESE F3.
ALB launched at 2254 following a report from UKCG of a craft possibly in distress off Canvey Island. ALB carried out search of area, along with other Lifeboats, nothing untoward found. ALB back on station at 0120, ready for service at 0203. SSW 6.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1545 to assist in Multi – Agency incident at Rochester, ILB carried out search along with other units, nothing found, ILb released and returned to station at 1755, ready for service at 1815. Wstly 3.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1812 to reports of lights on Grain Martello Tower. ILB on scene at 1817, four persons on tower fishing and happy to remain on tower until next Low Water, telephone contact obtained for CG welfare check, ILB released and returned to station, ready for service at 1830. NNW F2.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 2151 on Monday 4 January after a request from the UK Coastguard for assistance in a multi-agency incident at Rochester on the River Medway.
The lifeboat was stood down at 2320 and quickly re-tasked to remain at the scene pending information of another incident in the same area.
The crew were stood down at 2338 after the second incident had been resolved.
Returning to station at 0022 the lifeboat was washed down, re-fuelled and ready for further service at 0055.
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All weather lifeboat launched at 1102 to report of a 27ft Yacht drifting close to the Montgomery Wreck. ALB arrived on scene at 1109, the yacht with 3 persons on board was taken under tow and proceeded towards Southend, where the casualty vessel was handed over to Southend lifeboat, to be towed back to its mooring. ALB returned to station at 1230, ready for service at 1300. NNW F3.
Both the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats were tasked to search for a 22-foot craft, with three men onboard that had become ’disorientated’ in dense foggy conditions
The volunteer crews of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat were tasked at 4.02am on Monday 7 December by the UK Coastguard to locate and assist a 22-foot vessel with three men on board, one of whom was reported to be suffering badly from the cold.
The casualty vessel had initially gone aground in the vicinity of Bee Ness Buoy in the River Medway and when it re-floated on the rising tide the three men became totally disorientated in the dense and heavy fog that was blanketing the whole area at the time.
The Sheerness all-weather lifeboat, The George and Ivy Swanson, with a crew of 6 and the inshore lifeboat, Buster, with a crew of three both launched at 4:15am. With the all-weather lifeboat using its DF (directional finding) equipment the casualty’s position was soon confirmed and both Lifeboats were on scene at 4:45am.
The inshore lifeboat crew took the man who was suffering from the cold onboard, and then transferred him to the ALB where its crew assisted in his recovery. In the meantime a crew member from the ILB was placed onto the casualty vessel to take over the helm and shortly afterwards the two Lifeboats plus the casualty vessel made their way back to the Lifeboat Station in Sheerness Docks, where they arrived at 5:15am.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team had also been tasked and were waiting at the lifeboat station to take over the care of the three men once they were safely ashore.
Both Lifeboats were then washed down, the ILB was also refuelled, and both were ready for further service at 6:00am. WNW 1/2. Dense Fog.
Sheerness ALB was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 0900 to investigate reports of a potential upturned dinghy which had been spotted by one of the port Pilot boats in the vicinity of the west Cant Buoy in the Medway Approach channel. Launching at 0918 with a crew of 6 onboard the ALB immediately came across part of a rotten,weed covered dinghy – a conversation with the Pilot boat confirmed this was what they had initially reported and based on this information the UK Coastguard stood the ALB down at 0930.. The ALB returned to station at 0940. NW5/6.