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.
All weather lifeboat tasked at 15:22 to 17ft Angling Boat broken down and drifting, craft lost anchor, just South of Sea Reach No 1, 3 persons onboard. ALB launched at 15:40 with crew of six, proceeding to area, a commercial Fishing vessel in area, reported he could see vessel, which was trying to start their outboard, but appeared to keep stopping. ALB on scene at 15:55, all 3 persons were okay and declined the offer to go onboard the ALB, a tow was set and the casualty craft was safely under tow at 16:00. The tow passed without incident, the casualty craft being secured on the ATL, Queenborough at 16:50, being met by Sheppey CRT. ALB returned to station at 17:08.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1615 to a multi-agency incident in the East Swale off Oare Marsh, after a thorough seach of the area, the ILB was stood down at 1847, returning to station at 1920. Sthly 2.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1950 followed by the All weather lifeboat at 2000 to a multi agency incident at Rochester. All SAR units were stood down at 2130, both lifeboats returned to station at 2235. SW 6 gusting 9.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 1202 on Sunday 18 October to reports of a small yacht with one man onboard that was said to be pinned against the Kings Ferry bridge. Whilst on route a call from the UK Coastguard reported that the yacht had been towed clear by a jet-ski and was under its own power to Queenborough.
The lifeboat was stood down and back on station at 1221, after re-fuelling and cleaning was ready for service again at 1241. NNW 2.
Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1229 by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of a person in the water from a submerged vessel in the vicinity of Chatham Reach, River Medway.
Launching at 1242 with a crew of three the ILB was on scene at 1314
After reporting back to the UK Coastguard ‘nothing seen’ the ILB commenced a search but was updated by the UK Coastguard at 1340 after the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team had spoken again to the first informant from a nearby office block and reported that the person had been recovered by a RHIB from a local Yacht Club.
The ILB was stood down at 1340, returned to station at 1427 and was ready for service at 1450. Nthly 4/5.
The Sheerness RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched to reports of two men in the water at Gillingham late in the evening on Saturday 26 September.
The volunteer crews of both the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were tasked at 2224 on Saturday 26 September, by the UK Coastguard, to respond to reports of two men in the water off The Strand close to Gillingham Marina after their dinghy had capsized. The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Llydd had also been mobilised.
One of the casualties in the water was clinging to a mooring buoy and was able to speak to the UK Coastguard on his mobile phone, at which time he reported that he had lost sight of his friend who had been in the dinghy with him.
The all-weather lifeboat, ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ with a crew of six and the inshore lifeboat ‘Ole Schroder’ with a crew of three launched simultaneously at 2242 by which time further information confirmed that there was now just the one casualty, the man clinging to the mooring buoy, as the second person had managed to get safely back to shore.
With weather conditions near gale force and torrential rain the all-weather lifeboat forged a path through the rough seas enabling the small inshore lifeboat to tuck in behind and make best speed up-river.
Both lifeboats were on scene at 2305 and the casualty was immediately spotted by the inshore lifeboat crew, after they had been given precise details that the man was clinging to the first mooring buoy East of Gillingham Marina. They were also further assisted by the casualty who still had the presence of mind and ability to indicate his perilous position using the light from his mobile phone.
With swift work from the lifeboat crew the casualty was pulled to safety and landed ashore and into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance crew at 2312, by which time the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had arrived on scene and was standing by in case of being required. It was also confirmed at this time that the men’s dinghy had now sunk.
Both lifeboats were released from the incident and were back on station at 2350 and ready for further service at 0015. Wind NW force 7 to 8
The ILB launched at 01:10 on a pre-arranged tasking after an earlier conversation with the UK Coastguard the previous evening. This was done to allow sufficient tide to flood to allow safe access and recovery. The Lifeboat with a crew of 3 onboard was tasked to assist a 15’ fishing boat with 4 POB which had suffered water ingress and had gone aground North of Hoo Island , River Medway earlier the previous afternoon whilst attempting to make their way to the safety of Hoo Marina. The ILB arrived on scene at 01:45 and after rigging a towline had the casualty vessel under tow at 01:55. At 02:14 the casualty vessel was safely secured on a finger mooring within Hoo Marina and the ILB was released leaving the 4 persons in the care of Medway CRT who had also been tasked to assist. The ILB returned to Station at 02:50 and was refuelled and made ready for service. NNE F4.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1656 with a crew of three, after being tasked by the UKCG to a small 12ft craft with steering problem between the A2 & M2 Bridges, Rochester. The ILB located the craft in question and secured a tow to return it to its mooring at Cuxton. The craft was secured at 1830 and handed over to Medway CRT, the ILB leaving the scene and arriving back on station at 1945, being ready for service at 2015. NNE F5.