2013 Callouts Histoy

2013 Callouts Histoy

15th Jan ILB launched to Wildfowler cut off by the tide on marshy outcrop off Stoke Creek, ILB safely recovered the person and his dog,  both landed ashore to Medway CG at Stoke. 1444 – 1550. NW 4.
27th Jan ILB launched to 3 canoeists reported in difficulties at Nore marsh, River Medway. The ILB arrived on scene and located the canoeists ashore on Nore marsh, the 3 persons were taken onboard the ILB and transported ashore to Gillingham riverside country park, the canoe being secured on Nore marsh by the owner, to be recovered later. 1245 -1408.
Wstly 6.
27th Jan ILB re-tasked at 1408 to report of persons trapped in the mud at base of Minster Cliffs. ILB arrived on scene and updated the location to CG, crew went ashore to assist where possible until CG and Fire/Rescue teams arrived with mud equipment, one person later being airlifted by CG Helio. 1408 – 1550. Wstly 6.
10th Feb ALB launched to report of 18 mtr Dutch barge on fire near Shellhaven with 3 pob. Gravesend L/B proceeding, ALB arrived on scene at 1042, Gravesend L/B had 3 casualties onboard and craft in tow away from oil jetties at Shellhaven. ALB secured tow and took the 3 persons onboard, no medical attention req’d, casualty vessel was towed to Denton wharf Gravesend, where upon arrival, Kent Fire/Rescue checked to ensure the vessel was safe. ALB returning to station. 1014 – 1320. SE 4/5.
2nd March ILB launched to report of two girls cut off by the tide at base of cliffs at Warden Point. ILB on scene at 1455, the two girls were taken onboard the ILB and landed further along beach into the care of Sheppey CG, the ILB returned to station at 1520, ready for service at 1547.  1430 – 1547. Estly 2.
15th March ILB launched at 0558 to 25ft Cruiser reported to be sinking off Kingsnorth with 2 pob, on route to casualty, further information was received and casualties position updated as aground on Grain Edge. ILB returned to area and located casualty, one lady carried from casualty across the mud to ILB and male assisted to ILB, anchor placed out for casualty and occupants of craft brought ashore to Boathouse. 0558 – 0706. SW 4.
19th March ALB launched to medivac sick crewmember with severe stomach pains from bulk carrier “Orient Trader” in Zulu 6 anchorage, off Southend. Casualty safely embarked and landed ashore to Ambulance at Sheerness. 1452 – 1554. ESE 2.
21st March ALB launched to medivac crewmember with chemical burns to face from M/V “Sea Charente” between Sea Reach 7 & 4, ALB on scene, person taken off vessel and treated, whilst on route to Southend pier, where he was landed ashore via the Southend Lifeboat. 1334 – 1435. SE 4.
22nd March Relief Lifeboat 14-15 on station duties.
23rd March George & Ivy Swanson” 14-13 sailed for Ballyhack, Ireland for refit.
12th April ILB launched at 0813 to report of craft unmanned with outboard still running jammed in entrance of Chatham commercial locks, ILB arrived on scene, checked craft and made safe, before carrying out search of river along with CG shore teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter. The search was terminated and ILB returned to station at 1220. SSW 4.
(It was later discovered that craft had been broken into and set free).
19th April ILB launched at 0732 to 15ft dayboat with one person onboard, broken down with gearbox failure and at anchor off entrance to Queenborough. ILB secured a tow and casualty towed to all tide landing and handed over to Sheppey CG. ILB RFS at 0834.
Wstly 3.
21st April ILB diverted from training exercise at 1144 to carry out search of foreshore for missing person in Swale near Faversham creek, shortly after commencing their search, the ILB was stood down at 1201 and released to continue exercise. Estly 1.
21st April ILB diverted from exercise again at 1302 to16ft Dayboat broken down in Sheerness harbour with 2 pob. ILB towed the casualty into Queenborough hbr, where it was secured, ILB returned to station at 1352. Estly 1.
29th April ILB launched at 1257 to report of person in the water off Esplanade pontoons, Rochester. ILB arrived on scene and recovered body from the water and handed over to Police & CG. ILB returned to station at 1531. Wstly 3/4.
2nd May ALB launched to 31ft Angling Boat with broken rudder at anchor near SW Barrow Buoy, 2 pob, one of which was being violently sea sick, Southend L/B also tasked. ALB arrived on scene shortly after southend, one crewman transferred and tow established for Southend, Southend returned to pier with one person from vessel. ALB transferred the tow back to Southend at 1303 and ALB returned to station at 1315. ENE 5.
3rd May ILB launched at 1523 to report of inflatable drifting off Allhallows,  Southend Hovercraft also proceeding. ILB unable to close casualty due to insuffient water. Southend hovercraft approached casualty, 2 occupants in a kayak quite happy angling, units stood down. ILB returned to station at 1625. Estly 1/2.
10th May ILB launched at 0509 to person threatening to jump from Rochester bridge, ILB arrived on scene and stood by whilst Police unit negotiated with the person. The ILB was stood down, when the person was safely removed from bridge. ILB returned to station at 0659. SW 5.
25th May ILB launched at 1502 to report of “Fletcher” speedboat broken down off Motney Hill, River Medway, 2 pob. ILB stood down at 1508, casualty reported to be high and dry  with no chance of  refloating until next tide. ILB back on station on 1515, RFS at 1526.
Nthly 3.
25th May ILB launched at 1716 to motorboat, reported to have engine failure off entrance Queenborough Hbr, casualty located aground on mudflats off Deadman’s Island,  ILB crew and Cg tried to persuade the two occupants to come off the craft, but they refused and wished to remain onboard, with little else that could be done, the ILB returned to station at 1800. Nthly 2.
26th May ILB launched at 1239 to report of Kayak drifting in Queenborough Hbr. ILB arrived on scene at 1245 and recovered kayak, after investigation & further info, it appeared the kayak had drifted away from owner ashore on Deadman’s island, the owner re-united with his kayak and alls well. ILB returned to station at 1340. NW 1.
26th May ALB launched to medivac young person from training vessel in Sheerness hbr with dislocated knee, ALB on scene at 1524, after treating, casualty was transferred via stretcher to ALB and landed to waiting ambulance at Sheerness. ALB returned to station at 1634. NW 1/2.
8th June ILB launched at 1320 to 14ft Speedboat broken down near Long Point, Queenborough hbr, 1 person onboard. ILB located casualty and towed the craft back to Queenborough creek. ILB returned to station at 1425. Estly 5.
10th June ILB launched at 2010 to report of craft aground off Darnettness in South Yantlet creek, ILB arrived on scene, nothing visual, further info from CG, craft possibly near Hoo Island, ILB investigated and found un-seaworthy craft on mudflats, crew checked Hoo Island, nothing untoward. ILB returned to station at 2158. SE 1.
11th June ILB launched at 1252 to report of yacht in collision with Kingsnorth jetty, no further info, Port Authority Patrol craft also proceeding, who arrived on scene first, casualty, a yacht, all ok, had dragged anchor onto jetty, no injuries or damage sustained.
ILB returned to station at 1343. SW 4.
15th June ILB crew paged at 1200 for Windsurfer in trouble off Minster, ILB stood down before launching.
19th June All Weather lifeboat “George and Ivy Swanson” returned to station following her refit.
20th June ILB launched at 1512 to person trapped in the mud off Medway Bridge marina, Rochester. The ILB was stood down at 1522, when it was confirmed that the person had been recovered by Kent Fire & Rescue. ILB returned to station at 1552. Estly 2.
22nd June ILB launched at 1934 to small 15ft Dayboat broken down at Kingsferry Bridge, with 2 pob. ILB arrived on scene and secured tow, casualty towed back across river to it’s moorings, the two occupants happy to remain onboard. ILB returnined to station at 2052..
SW 6/7.
29th June ILB launched at 0624 to 24ft motor sailer broken down off Conyer Creek with 1 person onboard. ILB arrived on scene, casualty high and dry, upon investigation, prop shaft had broken away from gearbox, owner happy to remain onboard until next HW, where workboat would tow him in. ILB returned to station at 0745. NW
29th June ILB paged at 1505, craft thought to be in trouble off Minster. Launch cancelled at 1506.
30th June ALB launched at 1350 to 26ft  Trimaran  making water North of Montgomery wreck, 3 pob, Yacht club safety boats and Southend lifeboat on scene. ALB arrived on scene and two crew and salvage pump deployed. Craft pumped dry and split in stem of stbd hull covered with survivor blanket and tape, casualty was then taken in tow towards the Leigh buoy, where it was handed back over to Southend L/B for the last leg to it’s mooring. Sheerness ALB returned to station at 1600. Wstly 4.
2nd July ILB launched at 2150 to report of Red Flare over Gillingham Strand area, ILB arrived on scene and carried out search of river, nothing untowards found. ILB returned to station at 2332. WSW 2.
3rd July ILB launched at 1705 to report of person stuck in the mud at Strood. ILB arrived on scene, CG, Police, Kent Fire & rescue and rescue 125 also on scene, person was extradited from the mud by Fire & rescue service. ILB stood down and returned to station at 1855. Wstly 2.
7th July ILB launched at 1533 to 15ft Dayboat broken down near Montgomery Wreck with 2 pob. ILB arrived on scene and tow passed, casualty towed back to the Shingle bank at Minster, so craft could be recovered. ILB returned to station at 1637. Estly 3.
8th July ILB launched at 0714 to 39ft Belgium Yacht  aground on Grain Spit with 6 pob. ILB arrived on scene and secured a tow and then held the casualties bow head to sea until there was enough water to refloat casualty, once safely afloat, the craft resumed it’s passage to London. ILB returned to station at 0854. NE 4.
8th July ILB launched at 1325 to report of two Kayakers in trouble in Queenborough hbr. ILB check the harbour, nothing seen, ILB located the Kayakers safe and well in Queenborough creek, after giving safety advice, the ILB returned to station at 1418. ENE 4
8th July ALB launched at 2012 to 28ft Yacht  broken down and now at anchor on a lee shore between Mid Swatch buoy and the W.Nore sand buoy, 2 pob. ALB arrived on scene at 2027, tow line passed and casualty raised his anchor, casualty safely under tow at 2035, bound for Queenborough. Casualty safely secured at 2132, ALB returned to station at 2220. Estly 5.
11th July ALB launched at 2210 to 39ft Belgium yacht  disabled with machinery failure, South of Sea Reach No 5 buoy, 6 pob. ALB arrived on scene and established a tow. Casualty taken under tow to Queenborough Hbr, where it was secured at 2355. ALB returned to station at 0050. Estly 4.
15th July ILB launched at 1725 to assist in search for vulnerable female along Sheerness seafront eastwards to Minster. ILB commenced search Eastwards, but was stood down at 1746, when person was safe with Police. ILB returned to station at 1825. SE 2.
16th July ILB launched at 1554 to report of person in the water and holding onto a dinghy with another person onboard, tug “Racia” standing by, however on route, the tug reported that both persons now onboard the dinghy and underway for Gillingham. ILB returned to station at 1627. Estly 2.
18th July ILB launched at 1220 to report of person climbing the barrier on M2 Motorway bridge, ILB arrived on scene and carried out thorough search of river along with CG units ashore, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 1423. ESE 4.
21st July ILB on upriver navigation exercise, when it came across the 6mtr motorboat “Double Trouble” with machinery failure, 2 pob, ILB towed the casualty to Chatham Maritime marina and then continued on with exercise. NE 3.
21st July ILB launched at 2103 to report of small inflatable in trouble off Minster with 3 pob. ILB was stood down at 2104, craft safe ashore, ILB recovered and re-housed at 2109. NE 3.
24th July ILB diverted from exercise at 2003 to assist in search for two Jet skiers aground in Swale. Casualties located off Wellmarsh creek, one was assisted to safety by Sheppey CG, the other by ILB, who landed him at Kingsferry Bridge pontoon. ILB returned to station at 2230. Wstly 2.
26th July ILB launched at 2030 to 15ft Speedboat broken down in swale with 2 pob, ILB was stood down at 2046, Police RIB on scene and towing casualty back to shore. ILB returned to station at 2113. SE 2.
27th July ILB paged at 1730 to 17ft Dayboat, 2 pob, aground in Swale, launch cancelled at 1733, casualty being assisted by another craft.
28th July ALB launched at 0315 to Yacht, 4 pob, aground on Maplin sands, Southend L/B on scene and taken two children and 1 female off. ALB rendezvoused with the Southend  L/B at South Shoebury buoy, the two children and one adult were taken onboard and taken back to Southend Pier, where they were safely landed, with no further assistance required, the ALB returned to station at 0535. WSW 4/5.
28th July ILB launched at 1650 to report of 3 persons in the water off Royal engineers jetty at Upnor, ILB stood down at 1654, persons safely recovered by passing craft. ILB recovered and ready for service at 1709. SSW 4/5.
29th July ALB launched at 1135 to recover yacht from near Red Sand towers, two persons from craft already been taken ashore by Whitstable L/B suffering from severe sea sickness. ALB arrived on scene and one crewman placed onboard, tow established, but due to the severity of the weather and size of craft, only slow progress was made, one further crewman and salvage pump was placed onboard, when the craft was shipping a lot of water. The casualty was eventually secured in Queenborough hbr at 1445 and finally pumped dry. ALB released at 1510. SW 7.
29th July ALB re-tasked at 1515 to 8 mtr cruiser reported to be experiencing heavy weather off Southend, with 2 adults and 3 children onboard, some of which were suffering from sea sickness. Casualty located close inshore to the west of the Pier, casualty advised to steam out to ALB and then escorted into the lee of the pierhead, where assessments were made of the occupants condition’s. 1 adult & 3 children were taken onboard the ALB, whilst two ALB crew were placed on the casualty, which was then escorted back to Queenborough hbr, where it was safely moored and occupants landed ashore. ALB returned to station at 1755. SW 7.
1st Aug ALB crew paged at 1800 to assist in search for person in the water off Neptune terrace, Whitstable, Whitstable l/B on restricted service. ALB launched cancelled at 1808, person found safe and well ashore. Crew returned to pagers at 1822. Sthly 2.
12th August ALB launched at 1340 to Cruiser with 2 pob, broken down and at anchor just South of East Blyth buoy, ALB arrived on scene and tow established, casualty towed back to the safety of Queenborough hbr. ALB returned to station at 1601. Wstly 4.
13th August ALB launched at 1035 to 27ft yacht  with 4 pob, reported aground with machinery failure and jammed sails on Maplin Sands. ALB arrived on scene at 1125, casualty approx 1.5 NM North of Maplin Bell buoy, insuffient water for ALB to close at this time, ALB re-positioned to the NE and slowly worked it’s way into the casualty, arriving alongside at 1215. A tow was established and casualty towed out around the sand into deeper water, casualty eventually secured in Queenborough hbr at 1450. ALB returned to station at 1519. NW 3.
15th Aug ILB launched at 2110 to missing Jetski with 3 pob off Minster Leas. ILB commenced search at 2125, Sheppey CG searching shoreline, illuminating flares fired, but no response. CG requested ALB and Rescue 125 to assist. ILB located the jetski, approx 1 mile North of Warden point at approx 2200, the three occupants all hypothermic, were taken onboard the ILB and subsequently transferred to the ALB, who landed them ashore to ambulance. ILB returned to location of jetski and towed the jetski back to the Shingle bank at Minster. ILB returned to station at 2352. SW 3.
15th Aug ILB launched at 2110 to missing Jetski with 3 pob off Minster Leas. ILB commenced search at 2125, Sheppey CG searching shoreline, illuminating flares fired, but no response. CG requested ALB and Rescue 125 to assist. ILB located the jetski, approx 1 mile North of Warden point at approx 2200, the three occupants all hypothermic, were taken onboard the ILB and subsequently transferred to the ALB, who landed them ashore to ambulance. ILB returned to location of jetski and towed the jetski back to the Shingle bank at Minster. ILB returned to station at 2352. SW 3.
16th Aug ILB launched at 1209 to report of 20ft motorboat broken down with 3 pob off Darnettness, River Medway. ILB on scene at 1228, casualty high and dry on mudflats, ILB crew unable to reach. Crew of craft happy to remain onboard until flood tide. ILB returned to station at 1341. SW 2/3.
16th Aug ILB launched at 1645 to the 20ft motorboat from earlier in day, craft now afloat, but outboard defective. ILB on scene at 1710, casualty taken in tow for Gillingham marina, where it was safely secured at 1753. ILB returned to station at 1842. SW 3.
17th Aug ILB launched at 1305 to report of two Kayakers in trouble off Barton’s Point. ILB on scene at 1312, both kayaks rafted together and owners quite happy fishing, no assistance required. ILB returned to station at 1340. SW 4/5.
17th Aug ILB launched at 1620 to17ft sailing yacht with two persons onboard, reported aground near Beeness. ILB on scene at 1641, casualty aground in entrance of Stoke creek, ILB established tow and casualty towed clear of mud and then to Queenborough hbr, where it was secured on a mooring. The two occupants landed ashore. ILB returned to station at 1833. SW 5.
21st Aug ALB launched at 1550 to 29ft Yacht “My Escape” with overheating engine and unable to shut engine off, 2 pob, casualty just off entrance to lower camber. ALB on scene 1553, crewman transferred, engine shut down and casualty towed to Queenborough hbr. ALB returned to station at 1730. Wstly 2.
25th Aug ILB diverted from exercise at 1121 to 28ft Yacht reported adrift Off Harty Ferry in the Swale. Craft could be a danger to navigation. ILB arrived on scene at 1219, casualty aground on sea wall and had been made secured. ILB released and returned to station at 1358. Estly 4.
30th Aug ILB launched at 2054 to report of Red Flares sighted off Grain Shore, ILB commenced search of Grain shore around to the London Stone and back into the Medway up to Elphinstone Point, nothing untoward seen, ILB released at 2208, ILB back on station at 2235. SW 4.
7th Sept ILB launched at 1352 to report of person in the water opposite Chatham marina, on route to scene, unconfirmed reports were received that person was back onboard his yacht. ILB arrived on scene at 1422 and confirmed that person was ok, no medical attention required, ILB released at 1432. On route downriver, ILB sighted dinghy washed ashore on Hoo island, no persons involved, ILB re-secured dinghy on mooring. In Sheerness Harbour, at approx 1530, the ILB went to a small sailing dinghy, which was taking part in the ‘round the island race’, the dinghy had capsized several times and one of the crew was exhausted and very cold, the ILB took the person onboard and brought him back to the Lifeboat station, where he was warmed up. The dinghy continued with the race under the watchful eye of a safety boat. ILB ready for service at 1605. WSW 5.
8th Sept ALB launched at 2000 to 10mtr Angling Boat “Maud”, broken down and at anchor, reported off Cheyney rocks, 2 pob, nothing found in this position, casualty fired Red Flares to pinpoint position and casualty located near Spile buoy, two crew transferred to casualty and craft taken in tow for Queenborough harbour, where it was secured at 2215. ALB returned to station at 2236.     NW 3.
10th Sept ALB launched at 1251 to Cruiser ‘ Last Waltz’ broken down and unsure of position in Rvr Medway, 1 pob, ALB located casualty in entrance of Queenborough hbr dragging anchor. Casualty in shallow water, tow established and casualty towed into deeper water and secured on visitors mooring, occupant taken onboard and landed ashore at Sheerness. ALB ready for service at 1400. NW 5.
10th Sept ILB launched at 1642 to report of person in the water off Beach street, Sheerness, ILB commenced search at 1645 and joined by Rescue 104 and Sheerness ALB, CG units searching shore. Search terminated at 1735, possible false alarm. ILB ready for service at 1800. NW 5.
10th Sept ALB launched at 1658 to assist in search as above for person in the water, ALB released at 1735 and ready for service at 1800. NW 5.
19th Sept ALB launched at 1350 to 29ft yacht “Inyanga” , anchored in entrance of Stangate creek, unable to start engine and unable to sail in present conditions, 2 adults and 1 child onboard. ALB arrived on scene and established a tow and casualty towed to visitors mooring in Queenborough hbr, occupants landed ashore to CG. ALB returned to station at 1525. SW 5/6.
21st Sept ILB launched at 1648 to two Jet skiers reported broken down in Sheerness harbour near ex tug moorings. ILB located casualties ashore on Deadmans Island, due to tide, jet skis had to be left ashore secured, the two occupants were taken onboard ILB and landed ashore at Kingsferry  Bridge pontoon to Cg. ILB ready for service at 1820. SW 3.
27th Sept ILB launched at 1156 to 25ft Yacht “Salty Dog” aground in the Swale, CG concerned for their safety. ILB on scene at 1223, ILB crew had to walk across the mud to the casualty, both occupants safe and well, ILB crew laid out anchor for craft, occupants happy to remain onboard until next HW. ILB returned to station at 1327. Estly 4/5.
3rd Oct ALB launched at 1932 to 10mtr Fishing vessel “Louise” broken down between Warden Point and Spile buoy, 2 pob. ALB on scene at 1958, tow established and casualty towed to Queenborough hbr. ALB returned to station at 2147. SSE 3.
6th Oct ILB launched at 0217 to 18ft Dayboat with one person onboard, broken down and at anchor near No30 buoy. ILB located casualty and safely towed the craft to Gillingham marina. ILB returned to station at 0355. NW Lt Airs.
6th Oct ILB launched at 1857 to 27ft Yacht “Citara” reported to be aground near Kingsferry bridge. ILB arrived in area, nothing scene, further info received placed casualty further East in the swale. After firing illuminating flares, the casualty was located aground near No 2 buoy. Crewmember walked across mud to craft and the 3 occupants happy to remain onboard until next HW. ILB returned to station at 2055. SW 1/2.
22nd Oct ILB launched at 1840 to report of vulnerable personon Kingsferry Bridge, ILB arrived on scene at 1852 and sttod by under bridge. ILB released at 1908, when it was confirmed person had been found safe at Queenborough, RFS at 1938. Sthly 4/5.
26th Oct ALB launched at 1208 to 22ft yacht with 1 person onboard, reportably unable to control his vessel and not sure of his position. ALB proceeded to possible craft sighted approx one and half miles East of the Spile buoy. ALB on scene, craft confirmed as the casualty, one crewman placed onboard and craft taken under tow, due to sea sickness, the owner was taken off and a second crewman placed onboard the yacht along with a pump, the casualty was towed into Queenborough hbr and secured. ALB RFS at 1540. SW 6/7 gusting 8.
3rd Nov ILB launched at 1155 to kayaker at anchor and unable to paddle back to the shore off Grain Spit, ILB arrived on scene and took the Kayaker in tow and landed him ashore at Grain Shore. ILB RFS at 1300. Wstly 6/7.
4th Nov ILB launched at 1510 to small dinghy with 2 occupants drifted down Gillingham Reach and now secured to a beacon after their outboard failed, ILB on scene, persons taken onboard and craft towed back to gillingham strand. ILB RFS at 1700. NW 4/5.
14th Nov ILB launched at 1229 to sailboarder in difficulties off Minster leas after suffering rig failure, ILB arrived on scene to find casualty being assisted ashore by another sailboarder. ILB RFS at 1325. NW 6/7.
17th Nov ILB launched at 0917 to Yacht out of fuel and unable to sail in calm conditions in Sheerness harbour, one person onboard. ILB towed the casualty to Queenborough Hbr. ILB RFS at 1015. NE 2.
5th Dec ALB launched at 1400 to 37ft yacht broken down and anchor near No4 Medway Channel mark, 3 pob, ALB arrived on scene and casualty taken under tow for Queenborough hbr, where it was secured. ALB RFS at 1620. Wstly 8/9.
15th Dec ALB launched at 1335 to 46ft Cruiser reported low on fuel and heading for Gillingham, 3 persons onboard, ALB escorted the casualty to fuel pontoon at gillingham marina. ALB RFS at 1530. SW 4/5.
21st Dec DLA paged at 1739 for person reported to be hanging on outside of railings at rochester bridge, launch cancelled at 1741, person recovered by Police.
22nd Dec ILB launched at 1713 to small dayboat reported to have run aground on wreck off Hoo Island, 2 persons onboard, whilst on passage to casualty, it was reported they freed their craft and now going ashore. ILB RFS at 1810. SW 3.
29th Dec ILB launched at 1757 to small 16ft dayboat broken down off Elphinstone Point, 3 persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene and took the casualty in tow for their mooring at Kingsferry bridge, where it was secured and persons landed ashore. SW 2/3.
30th Dec ALB launched at 1357 to 28ft yacht with 4 persons onboard, unable to make any headway in prevailing weather, position approx half a mile South of Southend pier, Border agency craft shadowing and Southend L/B also proceeding. ALB arrived on scene at 1412, crewman transferred and casualty taken under tow, casualty towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB RFS at 1615. SW 6/7