8th September

8th September

Inshore lifeboat launched at 0957 to report of person fallen down cliffs at Minster, on route advised that the person was a 17yr old male and Sheppey CRT and CG Helicopter Rescue 163 proceeding. ILB on scene at 1012 along with Rescue 163, who located the casualty on cliffs. ILB put two casualty care trained crew ashore to assist the helicopter’s paramedic in treating the casualty. With the ILB secured, the 3rd crew member assisted the team in placing the casualty in the helicopter’s stretcher, before the casualty was airlifted to hospital at 1148. With all crewmembers back onboard, the ILB returned to station at 1207 and after being re-fuelled, was ready for service at 1243. WSW 4.

4th September

4th September

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1913 to 21ft Sports Cruiser broken down with drive belt problem, there were 3 persons on board, craft at No 24 buoy, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene, all persons okay, craft taken under tow for Gillingham Marina, where it was duly secured. ILB returned to station at 2036. NNE 4.

2nd September

2nd September

All weather lifeboat launched at 0445 to attempt to re-float the Dutch barge aground at Warden Point, Whitstable lifeboat has also been launched to assist in the shallow waters at base of cliffs. With both lifeboats on scene, the Whitstable lifeboat run the ALB’s tow rope across to the casualty. With it now being the top of the tide, steady weight was put on the tow and the Dutch barge was slowly towed clear of the shore, after initial checks were made for damage, the craft was placed on a suitable length of tow and towed back to Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured on the commercial moorings at 0725. The lifeboat returned to station at 0735. Estly 2.

1st September

1st September

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1628 to a report of a 32ft yacht had struck an inward bound cargo vessel, it was not known if anyone had been injured. With information from Medway VTS, the yacht was located still underway with sails set North of the Nore Swatch buoy. Having boarded the yacht, crew members found the lone occupant in a very confused and dazed condition having suffered a Hypoglycaemic episode, the crew administered casualty care and once his condition stabilised, the yacht now under power, was brought back to the Lower Camber at Sheerness, where it was secured, the gentleman was brought ashore to wait for an ambulance to take over his care, Estly 3/4.

The All weather lifeboat was launched at 1740 to a report of a 27 metre Dutch barge aground off Warden Point with 3 persons on board. The ALB was on scene and located the barge hard aground under the cliffs at Warden, with the ebb tide, the owner and his crew were happy to remain on board until the next H.W, the ALB returned to station at 1845. Estly 3/4.

Whilst the ALB was at sea, the Inshore lifeboat had been re-tasked at 1839 to a report of a vulnerable male missing in the Rochester area of the River Medway, the ILB arrived on scene and commenced a search from Sun Pier upriver towards Rochester Bridge, the ILB received information at 1935, that the person had been located in a car park at Strood unconscious, Medway CRT on scene. At the same time, the ILB was re-tasked to a 8 metre Cruiser broken down with 5 persons on board near the M2 Motorway bridge, the ILB proceeded and arrived on scene at 1940, the craft was taken under tow for Cuxton Marina, where it was secured at 2005. On leaving Cuxton, the ILB was re-tasked at 2010, to a report of two females in a precarious position on the wrong side of the railings on Rochester Bridge, the ILB stood by, whilst Kent Police talked to the females and finally persuaded them to return to the safe side of the railings and off the bridge. The ILB was released at 2027 and finally returned to station and was re-housed ready for service at 2140. Estly 3.

29th August

29th August

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1744 to report of craft aground on Nore Marsh in the River Medway, unknown if anyone on board. ILB in area of marsh at 1814, due to tide, the crew would have to walk across very soft mud to reach marsh, due to this fact and after discussion with UKCG, Southend Hovercraft was tasked to assist. Once on scene, two crew from ILB were transferred to hovercraft and taken across to marsh, once on scene with the craft, it was found to be in a derelict condition and been there for some time, with no persons involved, the ILB and hovercraft were released. ILB returning to station at 2005. NNW 2.

27th August

27th August

Inshore lifeboat launched at 0208 to a report from Kent Police that a man was adrift in a small dinghy in the area of Gillingham Pier, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene at 0234 and quickly located the casualty, who it is believed had taken to the water to go look for another dinghy, which had either broken or been cut adrift earlier. The gentleman and his dinghy were taken back to Gillingham pier, where he was handed over to Medway CG and the Police. The ILB returned to station at 0325. SW 4/5.

25th August

All weather lifeboat launched at 0722 to a 33ft yacht with 3 persons on board, which had suffered machinery failure South of the No2 Medway Channel buoy, lifeboat on scene at 0752, craft safely taken under tow and towed back to Queenborough harbour, where it was safely secured. Lifeboat returned to station at 0918. NW 4/5.

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1659 to a small fishing boat with 4 occupants, broken down between Rochester and Strood, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene and passed a tow, craft towed back to its mooring at Cuxton Marina. ILB returned to station at 1915. SW 2.

Inshore lifeboat launched at 2225 to report of Red Flare sighted in the Rochester area of the River Medway. ILB arrived on scene and commenced a search of the river from Gashouse Point up to Wickham reach, the crew search the main channel and the shoreline, CG teams also searching. With nothing found, the ILB was released and returned to station at 0016/26th. SW 2.

19th August

19th August

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1313 to small 5 mtr Dayboat, out of fuel and partially aground in the Swale near Grovehurst Jetty, 2 persons on board. ILB on scene at 1329, casualty craft towed clear of mud and towed to Queenborough harbour, where it was secured at 1430, handed over to Sheppey CRT. ILB returned to station at 1442. SW 5/6.

18th August

18th August

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1635 to 8 Mtr Cruiser with damaged propeller near M2 Motorway Bridge, River Medway, 2 persons on board. ILB on scene at 1720, casualty craft taken under tow for Chatham Marina, on route, the passenger vessel “Jacob Marley” kindly offered to take over the tow as they were also heading for the marina.  ILB released at 1750, returning to station at 1825. Wstly 3/4.