The calls keep coming for our very busy station with both boats launched once again.
The Sheerness ILB was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 0946 on Sunday 26 July to reports of a drifting dinghy, West of the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale. The Lifeboat crew were asked to ascertain if there was, or possibly had been, anyone on the dinghy.
Launching at 1000 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene 15 minutes later. At 1020 after confirming it was indeed unoccupied the dinghy was placed under tow and taken to the Kingsferry Boat Club slipway.
The ILB was released from the incident at 1028, returned to station at 1047, refuelled and ready for service at 1105.
Later the same day at 1937 the UK Coastguard tasked both of the Sheerness Lifeboats to respond to reports of two vessels in difficulties close to Grain Number 6 jetty, Sheerness Harbour.
Further information reported that both vessels were being pushed up against the piles on the Grain jetty.
Launching simultaneously at 1950 the Lifeboats immediately had visual contact with the casualties, one of which was a 36-foot vessel that was being assisted by one of Sheerness Port tugs.
Arriving on scene at 1957 it was quickly ascertained that the 2 vessels initially reported had in fact been a smaller RHIB craft that had been attempting to tow the larger vessel which had proved unsuccessful. They had then been assisted by the tug to prevent them from being pushed further into the piles by the Jetty.
The ALB crew quickly attached a towline to the 36’ vessel, which had 4 people onboard and at 2000 commenced the tow to the nearby Queenborough All Tide Landing. The RHIB making the same journey under its own power. The ILB was released from the incident at 2003, returning to station at 2010 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service.
The ALB was released at 2020 having confirmed the casualty yacht was now secure and returned to Station at 2028.
At 2016 the Inshore lifeboat was tasked to reports of a person in the water at Rochester on the River Medway.
Launching at 2030 with a crew of three on board the lifeboat was informed by the UK Coastguard that the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had also been tasked to attend the incident. At 2045 it was confirmed by the UK Coastguard that the person had subsequently been recovered from the water at Gas House Point, Rochester and was in the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew.
The lifeboat and Rescue helicopter were both released from the incident.
The ILB returned to Station at 2100 and was re-fuelled and made ready for service
With some of the crew still at the station preparing to return home the UK Coastguard paged the ILB crew again at 2130 to respond to reports of a dinghy in the vicinity of Hoo Island, in the River Medway, that had been seen with three people on board and was thought to be in need of assistance.
Launching at 2142 with a crew of three the ILB arrived on scene at 2200.
With the tide Ebbing and less than an hour to low water the ILB crew searched along the Northern side of Hoo Island and along Middle Creek, as far as they could safely navigate, with nothing untoward found.
Relocating to the Southern side of the Island the ILB launched a white parachute flare to illuminate the area, again nothing was seen. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, which had also been tasked for the second time that evening, arrived on scene and began a FLIR (forward looking infra-red) search of the entire area which again revealed nothing ,so the decision was made to release the lifeboat and the helicopter at 2320.
The ILB returned to Station at 2355, re-fuelled and made ready for further service
Inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1737 to report of a Jet Ski with 2 persons onboard in difficulties off Minster Shingle Bank, ILB launched and proceeding at 1751. The Inshore lifeboat was stood down at 1753, casualty craft and occupants safe ashore, ILB returned to station and ready for service at 1820. SW 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat tasked at 2003 to report of a two man Kayak aground near No 24/26 buoy’s River Medway. ILB launched at 2017 with a crew of three arriving on scene at 2037, Kayak aground approx 15 metres from the water’s edge, one crewman from the ILB made his way across the soft mud to the Kayak, one person extremely cold, ILB crew member assisted the occupants back to the ILB one at a time, once both onboard, they were taken to the fuel pontoon at Gillingham marina, where they were met by Medway CRT and an Ambulance. ILB then returned to the Kayak, where it was safely recovered and brought back to station, ILB arriving at 2135, after a thorough deep clean, the ILB was ready fro service at 2220. SW 4.
Whilst the Inshore lifeboat was on service upriver, the All weather lifeboat was tasked at 2049 to a 36Ft Yacht in difficulties approx 4 Miles NE of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey with 4 persons onboard. The ALB launched at 2105, making its way to the casualties position, who had suffered an over heating engine. ALB established comms with the yacht and arrived on scene at 2143, after checking occupants were all okay, the yacht was taken under tow at 2155, proceeding towards the Medway. The casualty craft was secured on a visitors mooring in Queenborough, the ALB returning to station and ready for service at 0030. WSW 3.
ILB was tasked at 0239 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi agency incident in the vicinity of Rochester on the River Medway. Launching at 0300. The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 0340 after it was confirmed that other agencies has resolved the situation.
The Lifeboat returned to Station at 0415, refuelled and made ready for service. WSW 2/3.
The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard later that day at 1330 to reports of a yacht off Stangate Creek, which had suffered a fire in the engine compartment. Launching at 1345 with a crew of 7 onboard the Lifeboat was quickly on the scene. An updated report confirmed the initial fire was out , but with concerns of potential re-ignition a tow was swiftly rigged and the casualty vessel towed to Queenborough All Tide Landing. The Lifeboat at the same time requested that Kent Fire & Rescue be tasked to meet the Lifeboat and the casualty on their arrival to check the yacht over and make safe if need be.
Arriving alongside the All Tide Landing at 1415 the casualty vessel was made secure and handed into the care of Kent Fire & Rescue team and the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat was released at 1425 and was back on station at 1435. WSW 2/3.
Another call for the Sheerness Lifeboat crew came at 1614 when they were tasked to ‘assemble’ by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of an incident involving a boat aground South of Sea Reach 6 Buoy, Thames Approach Channel.
Due to the nature of the tasking and the ebbing Tide the the UK Coastguard tasked alternative assets to resolve the situation and the crew were stood down at 1639.
The fourth call from the UK Coastguard on the 18 July tasked the Sheerness ILB at 2331 to reports of 6 persons cut off by the tide at Grain Tower,Isle of Grain.
Launching at 2345 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on the scene within five minutes where the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance ashore with further individuals who had also been on the Tower but were now on shore.
The ILB soon ascertained that there were in fact six individuals on the Tower despite initial information received to the contrary and made 3 separate journeys to safely transport the six individuals, two at a time back to the shore and into the care of The Medway Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ILB was released from the scene at 0030 , returned to Station at 0035 refuelled and made ready for service at 0055. Sthly 2.
The first call came at 1434 on Friday 17 July when the volunteer crew of the Inshore lifeboat were tasked to reports of a broken down, 20’ fishing vessel, with 2 persons onboard, located in the vicinity of 2A Buoy, Secondary Approach Channel, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 1448 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was on scene at 1510. The fishing boat had suffered complete electrical failure. A tow was prepared and the casualty was then taken to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour and secured at 1622.
Having been released from the incident by the UK Coastguard the Lifeboat returned to Station at 1635, refuelled and made ready for service. Easterly 3.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1548 on Thursday 16 July to respond to reports of a male on a vessel in Chatham Reach, River Medway, with a medical issue.
Launching at 1601 with a crew of 3 onboard and making best speed the ILB was on scene at 1628. The man subsequently confirmed to the crew that he had his required medication and was content to remain on his vessel.
The ILB was released from the incident at 1630 , returned to station at 1700 and was ready for service at 1715 after having been re-fuelled and made ready for service. NW 2/3.
The Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1352 on Wednesday 15 July in response to a request from the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi agency incident in the Rochester area of the River Medway.
Launching at 1405 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was subsequently stood down at 1412 when it was confirmed that the incident had been resolved by other agencies. WNW F2/3.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked at 0006 on Tuesday 7 July to reports of a small dory type craft, with one man onboard, that was taking on water and sinking in the vicinity of S1 buoy in Queenborough Harbour.
Having launched with a crew of four at 0025 the casualty was located at 0035. A local fishing boat was already on the scene and giving assistance to the now partly submerged vessel and its occupant who was still onboard.
The man who was very cold and wet was quickly transferred to the lifeboat and taken back to the shore where he was handed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team whilst waiting for an ambulance,which had been requested as a precaution due to him having been water.
With the ambulance crew on scene and checking the casualty a second man turned up and reported that he had been with the boat but had managed to get back to shore. This chap,who was also very cold and wet,was also checked over by the medics.
Whilst this was going on the lifeboat had returned to the by now mostly submerged craft where a towline was attached and from there they were able to tow it to a safer position closer to shore.
The lifeboat was released by the UK Coastguard at 0120 and was back on station at 0130 where it was refuelled and ready for service again at 0155. NW 3/4.
Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1229 on Sunday 5 July to assist a 32-foot yacht suffering mechanical issues and with the prevailing weather conditions at the time was in difficulties close to the busy Sea Reach Channel in the Thames estuary.
Having launched at 1245 with a crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 1305. The yacht had been on route from Gravesend to Queenborough when it got into difficulties and was being shadowed by the Gravesend RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat which had initially been called to its assistance. With the arrival of the bigger Sheerness lifeboat on the scene a towline was passed to the yacht, which was then towed to the All Tide Landing at Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured at 1428 and its three occupants passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ALB returned to its mooring at 1440 where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service again. Wind WSW 6.
Inshore lifeboat with a crew of three launched twice on Friday 3 July to separate incidents involving craft with mechanical issues and requiring assistance. The first call was to a Jet Ski with problems in the Thames Estuary followed later that day by a call to Upnor, in the River Medway, to a dinghy with engine problems and its lone occupant who was feeling unwell.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1238 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a Jet ski with one person onboard that had broken down and was drifting East of Allhallows on Sea in the Thames estuary close to the entrance to Yantlet Creek. The casualty was located at 1254 and was quickly taken under tow back to the shore with its occupant.
The lifeboat was released at 1315 and returned to station at 2337. Wind SW 5/6.
Later that day at 1549 the crew of the inshore lifeboat were called out again by the UK Coastguard to assist a man who was feeling unwell and in difficulties in a dinghy at Upnor in the River Medway.
Having launched at 1613 the lifeboat made best speed in the prevailing conditions and located the casualty at 1653. The man had managed to get to a pontoon close to Chatham marina which unfortunately for him did not have access to the shore. The crew quickly rigged a tow line and took the dinghy and its occupant to Sun Pier, Chatham, where friends were waiting to assist him.
The lifeboat was released at 1717 and was back on station at 1750 where after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for further service.
Wind W force 6 .