Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was requested to launch at 11:17 on Wednesday 6 October by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) signal in the vicinity of St Mary’s Island, River Medway.
Launching at 11:34 with a crew of six the ALB was on scene at 12:10.
R163 Coastguard Helicopter which had also been tasked was on scene at 12:15.
After searching the area from which the signal had been transmitting and with nothing untoward found the lifeboat and the helicopter began a search back down river.
At 13:30 the UK Coastguard Requested that the ALB and helicopter both re-task to reports of a person in the water at St Mary’s Island.
At 13:45 the duty Sheerness RNLI DLA (deputy launching authority) spoke to Medway Yacht Club who confirmed that the person in the water was a regular swimmer in the area. With this information the UK Coastguard confirmed at 14:15 that the person was accounted for and the ALB could stand down from this incident.
The lifeboat then continued back towards station keeping a look out for anything untoward as regards the EPIRB incident.
The ALB returned to moorings at 14:51.
Wind WNW 21-25 KNOTS, sea state Slight, visibility Good.
The Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked at 2300 on Sunday 3 October to reports of a small motor cruiser with engine failure in the Swale. Launching at 2312 with a crew of three the casualty vessel was located at 2333 near Long Point. The vessel had drifted onto the shore line on the South side of Long Point. The two people onboard reported that they were OK, but had been unable to restart their outboard or operate their VHF radio. Having attached a towline the ILB towed the vessel into Queenborough Harbour and secured it safely alongside the All-tide Landing.
The lifeboat was stood down at 0015 and was back on station at 0020. SE F3.
Sheerness ILB was tasked to reports of incident at the Kingsferry Bridge, Police in attendance. Launching with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB was subsequently stood down as the incident had been resolved. Returned to moorings.
ILB requested to assist 2 Jet skiers reported aground in the Swale, ILB already afloat on exercise close to Queenborough Spit and proceeded into the Swale at 18:00. ILB arrived on scene 18:30 to find the jetskis high & dry on the mud, some way from any navigable water or the sea wall. CG mobile units from the Island & Herne Bay attended and attempted to get to the 2 casualties with the jetskis. After some considerable effort by both the ILB crew & CG it became apparent that extracting the casualties across the mud was not a viable option and CG helicopter 163 was requested to assist. 163 arrived on scene 20:40 and was able to lift both casualties & CG personnel to safety, although it had to divert to Southend to refuel during the operation. All personnel ashore by 21:45, ILB released 22:05 & returned to station, being ready for service after cleaning by 23:30. Weather; E2.
Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 19:26 on Tuesday 24 August to respond to reports of a 36’ motor cruiser with two people onboard that was aground off of the Isle of Grain a short distance from the lifeboat station.
Launching at 19:46 with a crew of five the Lifeboat was on scene at 20:00 where the vessel was found to be hard aground South East of the Mid Swatch Buoy.
Whilst assessing this incident the Lifeboat was further tasked to respond to a PanPan call from another vessel in the vicinity, which was also reported to be aground.
The Lifeboat located this craft at 20:15 and having attached a towline the vessel was quickly pulled clear and into deeper water. The ALB was released from this incident at 20:30 and returned to the initial casualty which was found to still be in water too shallow for the Lifeboat to assist.
Following discussions with the UK Coastguard and the people on the stranded craft the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to moorings at 21:14 with the crew tasked to re- launch at 23:00. The casualty was eventually re-floated at 01:00 and with a towline attached was taken to the Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was secured 01:50
Having been released from the incident the ALB was back on her moorings and ready for further service 02:30. Wind F5 N/NE Sea state slight, visibility good.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat, ’The Judith Copping Joyce’, were tasked at 19:08 on Monday 16 August 2021 to respond to a 26′ yacht, with one man onboard, which had suffered machinery failure off of Minster seafront and was struggling with the wind and tidal conditions and in danger of grounding.
Launching at 19:18 with a crew of six onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 19:30.
A tow was established and the yacht with its crew member was taken to the entrance of Queenborough Harbour where it was handed into the care of the Queenborough Harbour Trot boat.
The ALB was released from the incident at 21:10, returned to mooring at 21:20 and was ready for service at 21:45.
Weather Cloudy, Wind NW F5, Sea state slight, Swell 1m, visibility good.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1417 to respond to a windsurfer reportedly 200m approx. off shore at the Leas, Minster in difficulty due to the off shore wind.
Launching at 1437 with a crew of 3 on board the ILB was on scene at 1441.
RNLI Lifeguards had initially been informed of the windsurfer and one had paddled out on their rescue board and were with the casualty.
The ILB placed both the casualty and the RNLI Lifeguard onto the ILB and transported them both to the beach at the Leas.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW f4, sea state calm, visibility good.
ILB released from incident at 1505, returned to station at 1520, ready for service at 1545.
Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1552 to respond to reports of 2 persons in the water at The Leas ( received by the Police) that were a cause for concern.
Launching at 1600 with a crew of 3 the ILB was subsequently stood down by the UK Coastguard after Sheppey CRT had reported to them after having spoken to the Lifeguard unit on the Leas who had seen nothing untoward.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 1606.
Weather cloudy, Wind SW F3, Sea state calm, visibility good.
Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked at 17:53 on Tuesday 10 August 2021 to respond to reports of a broken down speedboat in a position approximately one mile offshore of the Ashcroft Holiday Park, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 18:10 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB located the casualty, with some assistance from a crew member ashore with binoculars, and were on scene at18:33.
The speedboat with two people on board was placed under tow and due to the fast-ebbing tide were taken to the All-Tide Landing at Queenborough rather than their original launch site at the Shingle Bank Minster.
The casualty was secured safely on the all-tide landing at 20:00. The lifeboat was released from the incident at 20:09 and was ready ready for service at 20:44. W F2 Sea State Calm.
The new Sheerness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ attended their first incident since going into operational service exactly a week earlier.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 17:45 on Friday 6 August in response to reports of a Pan Pan signal being received (A pan-pan call is warranted to attempt urgent radio contact with an approaching vessel that may be in danger or is approaching a dangerous close-quarters situation that would risk collision.)
The call was received from what was initially reported as a 16 foot yacht with two people onboard, but which ultimately turned out to be be a 16 metre craft, that had had suffered a major electrical failure resulting in total loss of all navigational aids and VHF equipment in a busy shipping area North of the Redsands Towers in the Thames estuary approximately 11 miles from Sheerness.
The position of a likely Radar target for the casualty vessel was given by the UK Coastguard who were receiving sporadic communications with the vessel by a hand held VHF radio.
Having launched the lifeboat was given up-dated information about the position of the casualty and making best speed the ALB was alongside the yacht at 18:36.
Having checked that the three people were all ok the lifeboat then escorted the craft to the safety of Queenborough Harbour and was released at 19:48
The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 20:30.