Sheerness ILB was tasked at 15:18 by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of a cabin cruiser with 2 POB that had run aground on the West Shore of the Isle of Grain, within site of the boathouse. Launching with a crew of 3 at 15:32 the ILB was on scene at 15:35. With the tide now flooding and with an ILB crew member onboard the casualty vessel was soon underway and the ILB escorted them into Queenborough Harbour and onto the All Tide Landing and into the care of Sheppey CRT at 16:10.
As soon as the ILB had finished they made their way to another casualty vessel a short distance away at Black Stakes moorings the UK Coastguard had tasked them to, which had also gone aground. On arrival at the 2nd casualty vessel at 16:15 the crew assisted with the retrieval of the anchor and the vessel was underway at 16:25. The ILB was released at 16:25, returning to moorings at 16:40 and was ready for service at 17:00. ENE 3/4.
Inshore Lifeboat launched at 07:03 having been tasked by the UKCG to an incident at Rochester. The ILB was stood down at 07:05, incident resolved. ILB returned to station and was ready for service at 07:35. Wind ENE F5.
The Sheerness RNLI launched to rescue two jet skiers in trouble after they had run aground in East Swale
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Friday 23 July 2021 to two jet skiers and their craft that were reported aground in East Swale in the area of No.10 Buoy.
The lifeboat launched at 16:41and arrived on scene at 17:05 where one of the casualties was spotted approximately 220 yards across deep mud from their position. The second craft was located a further 200 yards or so further away.
With no access possible for the lifeboat a crew member made his way, cautiously and with difficulty, across the mud to the first casualty where he assessed the situation.
After consultation with the casualties and the lifeboat helm it was considered by all that it would be too dangerous to attempt to extract the casualties across the mud .With this in mind the crew member returned to the lifeboat where he reported that both persons were very cold and were wearing totally inadequate clothing. Other search and rescue assets were considered but found to be unavailable.
After further discussion with the UK Coastguard it was decided that two ‘mud technicians’ from the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team would attempt a rescue using their mud equipment. With the decision made the lifeboat returned to Kingsferry Bridge where the two Sheppey Coastguard members were taken onboard and ferried out to the casualties’ position.
With their equipment deployed the two Coastguards were able to safely reach the casualties who were then recovered back to the lifeboat with their jet skis being left in situ.
Having returned the two men back to Kingsferry Bridge into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team at 19:15 the lifeboat then returned to collect the two very muddy ‘mud technicians’ and their equipment which was safely achieved at 19:35.
The lifeboat was released from the incident and returned to station at 19:52 nd following a thorough cleaning and refuelling was ready for further service at 20:30. Wind ENE F5.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked at 18:24 on Thursday 22 July 2021 to a report from the UK Coastguard of two boys in the water off Invicta Road, Sheerness, who were reportedly out of their depth.
The ILB launched at 18:42 and was on the scene at 18:46 where both boys were found to be in no danger, with the water around them only thigh deep and the tide ebbing,
In the interests of safety and to prevent any further calls the ILB crew members persuaded the boys to make their way ashore to where the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to offer safety advice.
Once the two were almost ashore the ILB was released and returned to station and was ready for service at 09:15
Relief Inshore was tasked by the UK Coastguard to a report of a capsized Kayaker off Gillingham, the ILB launched at 20:23, arriving on scene at 20:46, nothing was sighted in the immediate area, the ILB carried out a search of the moorings downstream of the marina and along the shoreline. CG, Police and Kent Fire & Rescue searching from shoreside. With nothing untoward found, the ILB was stood down and returned to station at 22:00, ready for service at 22:27. Northerly F4.
Sheerness all-weather lifeboat was launched in the early hours to a yacht with an engine fire.
Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 03:02 on Sunday 27 June 2021 to a Yacht with one man onboard that was in difficulties after an engine fire. The casualty craft was reported to be on a mooring off Gillingham in the River Medway.
The ALB launched at 03:20 with a crew of six and proceeded at best speed to the casualty. The only communication the crew had with the yacht was by mobile phone through the man’s wife who was ashore.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 03:47 and located the casualty, which was moored amidships onto a buoy close to Gillingham Reach.
With the lifeboat alongside, the owner reported the fire was out, but was concerned it may re-ignite and so with this in mind he was taken off and landed ashore at Gillingham marina into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team. An ambulance had also been arranged by the UK Coastguard.
With the man safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to the yacht and two crew were placed onboard to re-secure it from its bow. A complete check was then made of the craft and no signs of any smouldering or fire were evident.
With the craft safe, the cabin was made secure and the Lifeboat departed scene at 4:38am and was back on her moorings and ready for service again at 05:22.
Sheerness all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson launched at 14:20 on Thursday 3 June to a pre-arranged launch via the UK Coastguard to provide safety cover and escort a Royal Engineers EOD (Explosives Ordnance Disposal) RHIB craft to a dredger moored in the Southend Anchorages that had picked up suspected ordnance whilst dredging.
The ALB commenced the escort at 14:45 from Sheerness Harbour arriving at the moored dredging vessel at 15:05.
The EOD crew quickly had the suspected ordnance onboard their craft and with the lifeboat escorting they headed back to Queenborough Harbour for them to recover their vessel and its cargo from the water but with unfavourable tidal conditions the EOD subsequently decided to recover at the Kingsferry landing.
The lifeboat was released from the incident at 16:07, returned to station at 16:15 and was ready for service at 16:25
Sheerness Inshore lifeboat launched at 23:10 to assist in multi-agency incident for a missing person at Rochester, the search was called off at 00:23, person found safe by Police. ILB returned to station and ready for service at 01:25. NE 4.
The inshore lifeboat was tasked at 09:06 on Friday 28 May by the UK Coastguard to a report initially of a yacht dragging anchor at Slaughterhouse Point, River Medway.
Launching at 09:23 with a crew of three the lifeboat was on scene at 09:33 and having checked the position given, the crew soon located a yacht on its side. After hailing the skipper, it was confirmed he had arrived in the early hours of the morning and moored in the wrong place. He confirmed that he was happy to stay on board and await the next tide.
Based on this information the ILB was released at 09:43 and returned to station, refuelled and ready for service again at 10:20