ILB requested to assist 2 Jet skiers reported aground in the Swale, ILB already afloat on exercise close to Queenborough Spit and proceeded into the Swale at 18:00. ILB arrived on scene 18:30 to find the jetskis high & dry on the mud, some way from any navigable water or the sea wall. CG mobile units from the Island & Herne Bay attended and attempted to get to the 2 casualties with the jetskis. After some considerable effort by both the ILB crew & CG it became apparent that extracting the casualties across the mud was not a viable option and CG helicopter 163 was requested to assist. 163 arrived on scene 20:40 and was able to lift both casualties & CG personnel to safety, although it had to divert to Southend to refuel during the operation. All personnel ashore by 21:45, ILB released 22:05 & returned to station, being ready for service after cleaning by 23:30. Weather; E2.
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard 20:27 on Monday 6 September to reports of a person entering the water from the isle of Grain. Having launched with a crew of three the ILB was unable to get closer than 8 cables from the reported position due to the tide being at low water.
The Coastguard helicopter, which was also on the scene, located several people on the sea wall at Grain who reported that all was OK with nobody in trouble.
The lifeboat was stood down20:50, and was back on station at 21:15. The incident is logged as False alarm with good intent. Weather; clear sky, E2, calm, good vis.
Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ launched at 09:45 on Saturday 04 September after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a 20mtr Dutch Barge with two people onboard that had suffered a de-masting close to Sheerness.
The casualty vessel was found to be alongside the Royal Bridge in Sheerness Docks,where one of the two people onboard was already ashore and in the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, after sustaining crush injuries to his hand.
With help from the Sheppey Coastguard team the lifeboat crew raised the broken section of mast and secured it to the vessels deck. The main mast was moved to allow operation of the crafts tiller.
The lifeboat then escorted the barge to Queenborough Harbour and assisted its mooring-up to the concrete lighter.
The ALB was stood down at 11:50 and was back on her moorings at 12:00.
The crew of the inshore lifeboat were also called out by the UK Coastguard later in the day at 18:36 to investigate reports of a possible body on the shore opposite the Medway Town Rowing Club at Wickham Reach. Having arrived on scene at 19:08 the crew found nothing untoward other than an amount of flotsam and were stood down at 19:17 and were back on station at 20:00.
Weather part cloud, wind E 4 with slight seas and good visibility.
Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 19:26 on Tuesday 24 August to respond to reports of a 36’ motor cruiser with two people onboard that was aground off of the Isle of Grain a short distance from the lifeboat station.
Launching at 19:46 with a crew of five the Lifeboat was on scene at 20:00 where the vessel was found to be hard aground South East of the Mid Swatch Buoy.
Whilst assessing this incident the Lifeboat was further tasked to respond to a PanPan call from another vessel in the vicinity, which was also reported to be aground.
The Lifeboat located this craft at 20:15 and having attached a towline the vessel was quickly pulled clear and into deeper water. The ALB was released from this incident at 20:30 and returned to the initial casualty which was found to still be in water too shallow for the Lifeboat to assist.
Following discussions with the UK Coastguard and the people on the stranded craft the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to moorings at 21:14 with the crew tasked to re- launch at 23:00. The casualty was eventually re-floated at 01:00 and with a towline attached was taken to the Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was secured 01:50
Having been released from the incident the ALB was back on her moorings and ready for further service 02:30. Wind F5 N/NE Sea state slight, visibility good.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat, ’The Judith Copping Joyce’, were tasked at 19:08 on Monday 16 August 2021 to respond to a 26′ yacht, with one man onboard, which had suffered machinery failure off of Minster seafront and was struggling with the wind and tidal conditions and in danger of grounding.
Launching at 19:18 with a crew of six onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 19:30.
A tow was established and the yacht with its crew member was taken to the entrance of Queenborough Harbour where it was handed into the care of the Queenborough Harbour Trot boat.
The ALB was released from the incident at 21:10, returned to mooring at 21:20 and was ready for service at 21:45.
Weather Cloudy, Wind NW F5, Sea state slight, Swell 1m, visibility good.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1417 to respond to a windsurfer reportedly 200m approx. off shore at the Leas, Minster in difficulty due to the off shore wind.
Launching at 1437 with a crew of 3 on board the ILB was on scene at 1441.
RNLI Lifeguards had initially been informed of the windsurfer and one had paddled out on their rescue board and were with the casualty.
The ILB placed both the casualty and the RNLI Lifeguard onto the ILB and transported them both to the beach at the Leas.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW f4, sea state calm, visibility good.
ILB released from incident at 1505, returned to station at 1520, ready for service at 1545.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1552 to respond to reports of 2 persons in the water at The Leas ( received by the Police) that were a cause for concern.
Launching at 1600 with a crew of 3 the ILB was subsequently stood down by the UK Coastguard after Sheppey CRT had reported to them after having spoken to the Lifeguard unit on the Leas who had seen nothing untoward.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 1606.
Weather cloudy, Wind SW F3, Sea state calm, visibility good.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked at 17:53 on Tuesday 10 August 2021 to respond to reports of a broken down speedboat in a position approximately one mile offshore of the Ashcroft Holiday Park, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 18:10 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB located the casualty, with some assistance from a crew member ashore with binoculars, and were on scene at18:33.
The speedboat with two people on board was placed under tow and due to the fast-ebbing tide were taken to the All-Tide Landing at Queenborough rather than their original launch site at the Shingle Bank Minster.
The casualty was secured safely on the all-tide landing at 20:00. The lifeboat was released from the incident at 20:09 and was ready ready for service at 20:44. W F2 Sea State Calm.
The ILB was launched again on Tuesday 9 August after a call from the UK Coastguard reported an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) signal transmitting from a vessel moored in Upnor Reach. The lifeboat located the vessel at 08:50 with no persons on board. Having located the EPIRB it was handed over to the Medway Coastguard Rescue Unit who were on scene.
The lifeboat was released at 09:00 and was back on station and ready for service again at 09:50.
Wind SW 4 with slight seas and moderate visibility.