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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.