24th April

24th April

Sheerness and Southend RNLI lifeboat crews rescued two jet skiers and their craft who had run aground on Grain Spit in the Thames estuary
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 14:48 on Saturday 24 April to reports of two jet skiers aground on Grain Spit, a short distance from the Lifeboat Station at Garrison Point, Sheerness.
Launching at 15:04 on an ebbing tide with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene at 15:16, where it was immediately apparent that due to the state of the tide the ILB would not be able to get close to the jet skiers and their craft which were now sitting high and dry.
After consulting with the UK Coastguard, the decision was made that a crew member from the lifeboat would make way on foot across the mud to the casualties and that at the same time the Southend Hovercraft would be tasked to come and assist.
With the Sheerness lifeboat crew member along with the Southend Hovercraft crew on scene the jet skiers and their craft were then transported back to deeper water.
With the two people reporting that they were OK they were then escorted by the Sheerness ILB back to Queenborough Harbour from where they then made their own way back to the original launch site at the Kingsferry Bridge where they were met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07 and was back on station at 16:12, cleaned, refuelled and ready for service at 16:30.
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14th April

14th April

Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ was just launching on exercise with a crew of six on board on Wednesday 14 April when a call from the UK Coastguard, at 19:33, tasked the lifeboat to a 24ft Yacht with four people onboard that had lost power but had manage to secure to the Zulu 2 light buoy in Saltpan Reach, which is close to the gas terminal on the Isle of Grain. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after securing a tow line the casualty craft was towed to the All-Tide-Landing in Queenborough Harbour, where it was safely secured at 20:25.
The ALB returned to station at 21:00, ENE F3.

29th March

29th March

Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched twice in less than two hours to a dinghy in trouble off the seafront at Sheerness after a number of emergency calls were made to the UK coastguard.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard Monday 29th March in response to a number of 999 calls that they had received voicing concerns for a young female on a dinghy that was drifting off Sheerness seafront.
Launching at 1551 with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene with the casualty, a 15-year-old, just eight minutes later.
The casualty was reassured by the crew that she was now safe and after being fitted with a lifejacket from the lifeboat she was then transferred back to shore and into the care of Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and shortly afterwards to a male relative.
The dinghy was also recovered.
The ILB was released from the incident at 4:19pm and returned to Station at 1630.
At 1637 whilst the Lifeboat was being refuelled and washed down the UK Coastguard requested a launch to the same dinghy that was back in the water, now with two people onboard, and had broken down whilst heading back to a yacht that was moored off Sheerness seafront.
The lifeboat launched again at 1645 with the same three crew members and was on the scene at 1650. After fitting both occupants with life jackets the two people and their tender were transferred back to the safety of their moored vessel.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 1710 and returned to Station at 1715 and was ready for service at 1735. SW 3.
21st March

21st March

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were about to launch on exercise at 1148 on Sunday 21 March a call from the UK Coastguard requested they make their way to the Warden Bay beach area of the island in response to reports of a kite surfer potentially in trouble. With a crew of three onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 1212 where two persons with a kite surf were spotted.
The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene and confirmed the two people were now making their way back to shore.
Due to the low state of the tide the Lifeboat stood off until it was confirmed the two were safely back ashore and in the care of the coastguard team.
The Lifeboat was released from the incident at 1232 and arrived back on station at 1322 where it was cleaned, refuelled and ready for further service at 1350. Northerly 2/3.
21st February

21st February

Sheerness ILB was tasked by the UK Coastguard in response to a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who had spotted two teenagers in an inflatable dinghy in the middle of the River Medway between St Mary’s Island and the North shore opposite.
Launching at 1539, the lifeboat was on scene at 1607 where the crew observed that the dinghy and its occupants were now safely ashore.
The ILB was stood down at 1607 and returned to Station at 1645 where it was washed down, refuelled and ready for further service at 1705
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6th February

6th February

Inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 1721 on Saturday 6 February by the UK Coastguard in response to report of lights being seen on Grain Tower.
Launching at 1736 with a crew of three the Lifeboat was on scene at 5.40pm where they made contact with three people fishing and who confirmed they were happy to remain on the Tower until the next low water.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 1743 after taking the contact details of the three persons to hand over to the UK Coastguard for safety reasons.
The lifeboat returned to station at 1750 and was made ready for further service. NE 5

24th January

24th January

Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was launched to rescue three young men from Red Sand Towers after they had become stranded.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 0833 to reports of three people being stranded on the Red Sand Towers in the Thames Estuary
Launching at 0857 with a crew of six the ALB arrived on the scene at 0928 and soon located the three young men who were then removed from the tower and taken onboard the lifeboat which then returned to the Lifeboat mooring in Sheerness docks.
The lifeboat arrived back on station at 1005where they were met by members of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Police.
The three young men said that they had become stranded on the Red Sand towers after their two RHIB craft had gone adrift on the tide. ESE F3.
19th January

19th January

ALB launched at 2254 following a report from UKCG of a craft possibly in distress off Canvey Island. ALB carried out search of area, along with other Lifeboats, nothing untoward found. ALB back on station at 0120, ready for service at 0203. SSW 6.

16th January

16th January

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1545 to assist in Multi – Agency incident at Rochester, ILB carried out search along with other units, nothing found, ILb released and returned to station at 1755, ready for service at 1815. Wstly 3.

8th January

8th January

Inshore lifeboat launched at 1812 to reports of lights on Grain Martello Tower. ILB on scene at 1817, four persons on tower fishing and happy to remain on tower until next Low Water, telephone contact obtained for CG welfare check, ILB released and returned to station, ready for service at 1830. NNW F2.