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.

28th February

Sheerness inshore lifeboat ‘Buster ’were tasked at 1349 by the UK Coastguard in response to concerns for a fisherman who had been seen approx. 200-300m offshore in the vicinity of Motney Hill, River Medway.
The Lifeboat launched at 1401 with a crew of 3 onboard but was subsequently stood down after it was confirmed that the fisherman was safe.
The ILB was re tasked at 1407 to an ongoing incident at Warden point at the Eastern end of the Island where two people had become stuck in the mud, thankfully with an ebbing tide.
Making best safe speed in the very foggy and misty conditions the lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2.45pm where teams from Kent Fire and Rescue ,the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Ambulance using specialised equipment were in the process of extracting the couple from their predicament.
The ILB was released at 1520 the from the incident after the assets on scene decided it would be safer to transport the casualties along the beach path rather than back through the mud to the lifeboat.
The Lifeboat returned to station at 1545 and was refuelled and ready for service again at 1600. Mist and fog, Wind NE F3.

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.

11th October

Sheerness RNLI all-weather lifeboat crew were tasked at 0855 on Sunday 11 October by the UK Coastguard to respond to reports of a 29′ cabin cruiser with 3 people on board which was disabled due to becoming entangled in a mooring chain in the vicinity of Gillingham Reach.
Launching at 0917 with a crew of 6 onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 0948.
At 1037 after the lifeboat crew had managed to release the casualty vessel it was then towed the short distance to a mooring opposite Gillingham Marina and the 3 persons were handed into the care of the Medway Coastguard Rescue Team who were present on shore.
The ALB was released at 1059 and returned to station at 1135. NW 4.

22nd September

Sheerness inshore lifeboat was tasked at 1027 by the UK Coastguard after a report from Medway VTS of a yacht aground on Queenborough Spit.
Launching at 1040 with a crew of 3 the ILB was on scene 5 minutes later.
After confirming the skipper of the yacht was ok and happy to stay onboard his craft to await the next flood tide. As a safety measure the lifeboat crew deployed the yachts anchor. The Lifeboat was then stood down and was back on station at 1053.  Wind SW 3.