6th March

6th March

Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 1515 on Friday 6 March after being tasked to a 33 foot angling boat with a man and a lady on board,which had broken down with electrical failure and was at anchor near to the Spile Buoy off the Isle of Sheppey. The lady passenger was reported to be diabetic and had no medication with her having not anticipated being at sea for such a length of time.
Making best speed the lifeboat located the casualty on Spile Sands and placed a crew member onboard who assisted in recovering the anchor and attaching a towline to enable the craft to be towed to the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour where it was secured at 1715.
The ALB was back on station at 1735.  NW 3-4

15th February

15th February

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat involved in a multi-agency rescue during ‘storm Dennis’.
The Sheerness all weather lifeboat was called out along with other emergency services to come to the aid of a person in difficulties in the River Medway
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked at 1827 on Saturday 15 February by the UK Coastguard to reports of a man in a small dinghy,seen to be in difficulties, close to number 32 buoy west of St.Marys Island in the River Medway.
Launching at 1841 with a crew of six and having made best speed in the very poor conditions the lifeboat was on the scene at 1912.
The casualty craft with its lone occupant,who was sheltering under a small tent, was located approximately approximately 50 meters from the shore where teams from Kent Fire and Rescue,Kent Ambulance service and the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team were in attendance.
It is believed the man had been attempting to row to shore but was caught out by the atrocious weather conditions. Having got into difficulties he had deployed an anchor which had fortunately held and stopped him drifting further into the estuary.
With no safe access from the shore the lifeboat was skilfully maneuvered into a position where it was possible for crew members to safely recover the man from his dinghy and then land him ashore where he was passed into the care of the other waiting agencies at 1930
The rescue involved the lifeboat crew getting a line across to the man in his dinghy and then pulling it alongside where they were then able to lift him aboard. With its anchor lifted,but with the safety of its occupant paramount, the little craft had drifted away.
With the man safely ashore the lifeboat began an unsuccessful search for his dinghy and were eventually stood down at 1953 after reporting its last known position to the coastguard.
The ALB was back on station at 2015. Wind F5 gusting 8 to 9 with rough seas,visibility good.

13th February

13th February

Inshore lifeboat launched at 032o to a Houseboat at Rochester reported to be taking on water, the ILB was stood down at 0330, Medway CRT and Kent Fire & Rescue have access from the shore, no assistance from the river required. ILB back on station at 0340. SW 4/5.

12th February

12th February

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat were called out at 0410 on Wednesday 12 February after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to 45 foot steel hulled yacht with two men,a lady and also a talkative parrot onboard.The craft was on passage from Faversham Creek to a mooring at Hoo Marina when it suffered engine failure and was at anchor approximately 1.8 nm off Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey. The lifeboat was on the scene at 0437 and had the yacht safely under tow at 0515. The tow was completed without incident and the casualty craft was secured on the All Tide Landing in Queenborough at 0712.The ALB was back on station at 0720. Wind W F6

2nd February

2nd February

Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ launched with a crew of three at 18:32 on 2 February after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports that a small fishing boat with two people on board had run aground in The Swale close to the Kingsferry Bridge. The lifeboat was on the scene at 18:51 and located the craft high and dry on a mud bank. With no possibility of moving the casualty checks were made to make sure the anchor was out and secure. Once this was established the two men were transferred to the lifeboat and taken a short distance to the Kingsferry pontoon where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.
The ILB was stood down at 19:07 and was back on station at 19:30.  Wind WSW 4/5.

19th January

19th January

Having just returned from exercise, the ILB launched at 1318 to a small 14ft Dory with 2 persons on board aground on Queenborough Spit, the ILB managed to close to within approx 40ft and with one crewman walking across to casualty with tow line,the ILB managed to tow the craft off the mud into deeper water, where the casualty managed to re-start their outboard, the ILB escorted the craft into Quenborough Causeway, where the craft was recovered. The ILB returned to station at 1450. NNE 3.

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1950 to a 22ft angling boat with 3 persons on board, broken down near No 20 Buoy, River Medway. ILB on scene at 2009, craft taken under tow and safely towed back to its mooring in Damhead Creek. Once the persons were seen safe ashore, the ILB was released and returned to station at 2200. Light Airs.