21st July

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 23:01 on Wednesday 21 July in response to a call from the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved all agencies were stood down at 23:41. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 00:45.
Wind ENE f 3.

7th July

Sheerness RNLI relief inshore lifeboat launched at 10:10 on Wednesday 7 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved the lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 11:13. Wind SSW F 5.

2nd July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI relief fleet inshore lifeboat D-809 ‘Eric Howland’ were tasked at 16:27 on Friday 2 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of a windsurfer deemed to be in difficulties approximately 700m off shore and 200m west of the Sheerness Catholic Church on Marine Parade.
Launching at 16:42 with a crew of 3 the lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 16:46. No medical assistance was required and the windsurfer plus his rig were taken back to the safety of the Shingle Bank from where they had launched.
The ILB was released from the incident at 17:04, returned to station at 5.12pm and was ready for service after cleaning and re-fuelling at 17:33
SSE F3.

5th June

RNLI Lifeboat launched after a group of people, including children, became cut off by the tide.
The group of about seven or eight were walking to the sandbanks at Minster Leas beach on The Isle of Sheppey only to be caught out by the speed of the rising tide
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 17:25 on Saturday 5 June after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports from the public of people being ‘cut off’ by the incoming tide at The Leas, Minster.
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd had also been mobilised but it was fortunately not needed as the Lifeboat crew were quickly on the scene, and along with the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, observed whilst five people made their own way to the shore safely. The crew were then made aware of three more people further down the beach who were also in the same predicament but who needed assistance. The three were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed safely and un-harmed on the beach and passed into the care of the Sheppey CRT.
The ILB was stood down at 17:54 and returned to station at 18:20 Wind Easterly 2 to 3 knots with clear skies and calm seas.
Sheerness RNLI Press Officer Vic.Booth said: ‘The group had walked out to the sandbanks and were unaware that the tide was coming in around them. The tide along this part of our coastline comes in really quickly and before you know it you have got water between yourself and the shore. The RNLI and the UK Coastguard urge everyone to check on the tidal conditions before beginning any type of activity along the coast. This incident proves how dangerous just a simple paddle in the sea can become a nightmare in just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, this incident had a positive outcome but things could have rapidly escalated without observant members of the public and the speedy response of the Sheerness Lifeboat crew and the Sheppey Coastguard Team. Please enjoy our beautiful coastline and Blue Flag Beaches but do make every effort to stay safe.’
The Inshore lifeboat launched again later that day at 19:48 after being tasked by the UK Coastguards who had again been called by a member of the public who had voiced concerns for the safety of five youngsters in two tiny inflatable dinghies off Beach Street, Sheerness.
The lifeboat located the two dinghies at 19:55 and offered safety advice and assistance to the youngsters. One group declined any help whilst the other was assisted back to the shore and passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 20:06 and returned to station at 20:25.
3rd June

3rd June

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
 WSW 4-5 knots.

9th May

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ was tasked at 15:57 on Sunday 9 May to reports of a person with a dinghy presumed to be stuck on the mud at Hoo Island,River Medway.
Having launched at 16:10 with a crew of three the lifeboat was subsequently stood down whilst on route at 16:19 after Medway VTS confirmed that they could now see the dinghy and its occupant under tow from a Jet skier.
The ILB was back on station and ready for further service at 16:27.  W force 4.

2nd May

Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 03:46 on Sunday 2 May 2021 after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi-agency incident in the Medway estuary. The lifeboat was released at 04:37and having returned to station was ready for duty again at 05:15. Weather clear with light NE wind.

19th April

Sheerness Inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 13:43 on Monday 19th April to a small inflatable dinghy with reported outboard failure. The craft with two people onboard was situated just off Barton’s Point, Sheerness.
The lifeboat launched at 13:54 with a crew of three and located the tiny craft, which was now underway, at 14:02.
With no action required by the lifeboat crew other than offering safety advice to the two persons, neither of whom was wearing a lifejacket, the ILB was released and returned to station at 14:14. East North East, F2.

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.

10th April

10th April

Both ILB and ALB were launched at 1750 to report of “Mayday” call from a small craft making water with 2 persons on board in Saltpan reach, River Medway, a local tug was standing by. On arrival of lifeboats, a small yacht was found at anchor and occupants in no imminent danger, the “Mayday” was downgraded, the tug was also released, it was the yachts small tender, that was making water and so the ILB commenced to bail out the tender, the yacht had suffered engine failure and so the ALB took the yacht under tow and the ILB dealt with the dinghy, both craft were towed to Queenborough Harbour, where they were safely moored. The lifeboats returned to station at 1930. Northerly F5.