2014 Callouts Histoy

2014 Callouts Histoy

 

3rd Jan ALB launched at 1320 to a sailboarder in difficulties off Minster, wind gusting 63 knots. ALB onscene at 1329, casualty and his rig recovered, no medical attention required, casualty landed ashore at lifeboat station and ALB RFS at 1420. SSW 8/10.
3rd Jan ALB launched at 1525 after “EPIRB” detected by CG, ALB proceeded up the River Medway to D/F Beacon, joined in search by Medway CG and Rescue Helicopter 125, as the last known hit placed the EPIRB above Rochester bridge, the ALB was released to return. ALB RFS at 1812. SSW 6/7.
21st Jan Relief ILB D-710 on station duties whilst station D-Class goes for refit.
8th Feb ILB launched at 1328 to small dinghy overcome by the weather in Queenborough Hbr, ILB arrived on scene to find the single occupant safe on the ATL berthing head, but unable to get ashore, ILB landed the person and his dinghy ashore at the causeway to Sheppey Cg. ILB RFS at 1406. SW 6/7.
10th Feb ALB launched at 2238 to 28ft Powered boat unable to make headway in weather, 2 persons onboard and position off Shoebury. ALB on scene, but unable to close the craft due to the shallows, Southend L/B placed on standby, but the casualty drifted into deeper water, enabling Sheerness ALB to establish a tow, casualty towed to Queenborough hbr. ALB RFS at 0150. SW 5.
18th Feb Station D-Class D-662 returned to station duties following her refit at ILC.
1st March ILB launched at 2108 to report of Female trapped in the mud at Lower Upnor, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene at 2130, casualty had been recovered by Kent Fire and Rescue and now with Ambulance, ILB released to return to station.  ILB back on station, ready for service at 2230. WNW 2.
13th March ALB launched at 1458 to 32ft Angling Boat broken down and at anchor near West Cant buoy, 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1507, casualty taken under tow for Queenborough harbour, where it was safely secured. ALB returned to station at 1607. ESE 2.
16th March ALB afloat on Sunday morning Training Exercise, when it observed a Sailboarder possibly in difficuties off Bartons Point, ALB proceeded and once on scene, found two Sailboarders struggling to get ashore, both were recovered along with their rigs and landed close to shore and watched until safe ashore, the ALB then resumed it’s exercise. Wstly 5.
19th March ILB launched at 2022 to report of craft aground in Chatham Reach, River Medway, unsure of how many onboard. ILB arrived on scene at 2055, the casualty craft a small yacht with 5 pob and 1 dog was aground opposite Thunderbolt Pier, the ILB crew assisted 1 male and 2 females from the craft to the ILB and then proceeded to the pier to land them. Whilst doing this, the ILB was re-tasked to a report of “cries for help” from the Rochester bridge area, the ILB proceeded and assisted Kent Fire & Rescue in locating and recovering a male from the foreshore. The ILB then returned to the 1st casualty and successfully towed the craft with 2 occupants across to Thunderbolt pier, where it was secured. The ILB finally returned to station at 2330. SW 3/4.
20th March ILB launched at 1342 to a small speedboat reported to be drifting off Minster Shingle bank, reported as 1 person onboard and another person swimming out to craft. ILB arrived on scene at 1351, both persons were onboard the craft, but were both very cold and hypothermic, the ILB landed both the occupants ashore to awaiting ambulance and then towed the craft back to shore. Whitstable L/B and Rescue helicopter 125 also were tasked to the incident. The ILB returned to station at 1450. SW 8/9
23rd March ALB launched at 1310 to 32ft Cabin Cruiser broken down and at anchor just East of Garrison Point, 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1317, tow secured and casualty towed into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured on a mooring. Occupants landed ashore at Sheerness, ALB ready for service at 1413. NW 4.
28th March ILB tasked at 2331 to report of person entering the water at Warden, as ILB was launching at 2341, it was stood down by the CG, person now with Police. Estly 3.
30th March ALB launched at 1210 to 36ft Yacht with alternator failure, at anchor off Southend, 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived on scene, Southend Hovercraft standing by, tow established and casualty towed to a safe mooring in Queenborough Harbour. ALB returned to station at 1430. Estly 2.
30th March ILB launched at 1756 to report of a group of people cut off by the tide off Minster, ILB arrived on scene, persons in no danger and slowly making their way ashore under the observation of Sheppey Cg. ILB returned to station at 1842.
31st March ILB launched at 1835 to report of Red Flare in the Swale off Grovehurst. ILB commenced a search of the Swale through to Harty Ferry, nothing untoward found, ILB released and returned to station at 2000. Estly 1.
14th April ILB launched at 1211 to 19ft Angling Boat broken down and at anchor off Beeness Jetty, River Medway. 2 pob. ILB arrived on scene at 1227 and established a tow, casualty towed to its mooring in Stoke Creek. ILB returned to station at 1358. NNE 4.
15th April ILB launched at 0017 to 24ft Yacht aground on saltings at Slayhills marshes, 3 pob. ILB arrived on scene at 0033 and stood by until there was sufficient water for the craft to refloat, once afloat it was towed clear and towed to Queenborough harbour, where it was safely secured. ILB returned to station at 0255. NNE 4.
17th April ILB launched at 1738 to Rowing Gig reported aground in Shepherd’s Creek on a falling tide, ILB on scene at 1747, one crewman put ashore, who walked across the marsh to the scene, unable to close the casualty due the softness and depth of mud, but contact was made, total of 6 persons onboard, ILB requested helicopter assistance, also Sheppey CG mud rescue team on route. Rescue 125 arrived on scene and by 1853, all 6 persons had been airlifted to the safety of Sheppey Cg, ILB crewman made his way back to the ILB and ILB was back on station at 1945. NW 4
18th April ILB launched at 0326 to 27ft yacht aground close to the seawall SW of Motney Hill. ILB arrived on scene at 0354, casualty hard aground, anchor layed out for casualty, all 3 persons happy to remain onboard until next HW, ILB returned to station at 0453.

NW 4.

18th April ILB launched at 1411 to the 27ft yacht from earlier in day aground at Motney Hill, River Medway. ILB on scene at 1435, laised with Medway Cg, 2 of the yacht’s crew were assisted ashore to Cg and when there was sufficient water, the ILB secured a tow and the craft was towed clear of the shore and towed back to Hoo Marina with the owner onboard the ILB. ILB returned to station at 1725. NE 3/4.
19th April ILB launched at 0433 to 32ft Motor Sailer aground on marshes at Burntwick island, 2 pob. ILB arrived on scene at 0455, craft well aground, ILB crew deployed anchor for the craft and took one of the crew off, leaving the owner onboard. ILB released at 0515, returning to station with one person. ILB back on station at 0620. NNE 5.
19th April ALB launched at 1500 to the 32ft Motor Sailer aground on marshes Burntwick Island, ALB on scene at 1516, XP boat deployed to the casualty, craft still well aground, the ALB attempted to tow the craft off over the HW, but due to lesser height on the HW, the attempt had to be abandoned, the owner was evacuated from the craft back to the ALB and with all equipment recovered, the ALB was released. ALB back on station at 1735. Estly 5.
26th April ALB launched at 0136 to 9 mtr Fishing vessel with propulsion problem engaged in fishing in the Sea Reach channel, 1 person onboard. Fishing gear still on the sea bed, ALB arrived on scene, placed crewman onboard and established tow, casualty vessel was slowly brought round into the tide and wind, so that fishing gear could be recovered and then towed back into Queenborough Harbour. ALB returned to station at 0342. Sthly 2/3.
2nd May ALB launched at 1144 to 40ft Motor Cruiser with steering failure and anchored off

St Mary’s bay, North shore of Isle of Grain, 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1215, tow established and casualty safely towed to Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1430. NNE 4/5.

4th May ILB launched at 1736 to 20ft Angling Boat with one person onboard, broken down near Grain Hard buoy, ILB arrived on scene and towed the casualty craft to Queenborough Harbour. ILB returned to station at 1838. Estly 2/3.
17th May ILB Crew paged at 1922 to report of person swimming across the river at Chatham, ILB stood down at 1933 as crew were embarking, Person reported safe ashore.
19th May ILB and ALB Lifeboats both launched at 1719 to a 59ft Narrowboat aground on forseshore at Isle of Grain, 1 person onboard, the ALB had to stand off in deeper water, whlst the ILB managed to close the casualty and secure a tow, the ILB successfully towed the casualty out into deeper water, where the ALB was stood off and passed the tow, the ALB towed the casualty into Queenborough harbour, the ILB returned to station at 1815 and the ALB at 1912. ESE 4.
24th May ILB launched at 1645 to report of small Dayboat in trouble off Minster. ILB arrived on scene, the craft with 2 persons onboard in no danger and awaiting enough water to recover onto their trailer. ILB returned to station at 1733. Nthly 3.
24th May ILB and ALB launched at 2010/2013 to report of Narrowboat thought to be in trouble off Hoo Island, River Medway. ILB arrived on scene and assisted the casualty in mooring up to Chatham Maritime Marina pontoon. The ALB was stood down and returned to station at 2122, the ILB returned to station at 2149. SSW 4.
27th May ILB launched at 2108 to numerous reports of Red Flares reported above Rochester Bridge, ILB carried out thorough search of river up to North Halling, whilst CG, Police and Fire Service carried out search of river bank, nothing found, ILB was released and returned to station at 2352. NNW 4.
5th June ILB tasked at 1708 to Narrowboat reported to have broken down and being set down by tide onto M2 Motorway Bridge, ILB cancelled at 1716, casualty being assisted by another local craft.
8th June ILB launched at 1450 to small Cruiser, broken down and anchor, North of the Mid Cant Beacon, 3 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene, tow established and casualty taken under tow for Saltpan Reach, River Medway, where it was handed over to another motor cruiser for the tow upriver to Cuxton, ILB returned to station at 1650. Estly 2/3.
12th June ILB launched at 2115 to small Hovercraft with 2 persons onboard, broken down near No 16 buoy, River Medway, ILB arrived on scene, owner attempting to effect a repair to faulty wiring, casualties engine re-started and escorted by ILB to Gillingham. ILB returned to station at 2226. SSE 2.
14th June ILB launched at 1346 to 28ft Motor Cruiser broken down with 3 persons onboard, uncertain of position, after comms with a fishing boat, the casualty was located near the W.Nore Sand buoy, the ILB arrived on scene, the casualty being taken under tow from the fishing boat back to Southend, ILB returned to station at 1500. Estly 2/3.
16th June ALB launched at 1155 to 36ft Steel Yacht with 1 person onboard, out of fuel and at anchor between the Mid Swatch and W.Nore Sand buoys, ALB arrived on scene at 1210, tow established and casualty towed to a safe mooring in Hadleigh Ray to await a tow back to his mooring. ALB returned to station at 1355. Nthly 3.
17th June ILB crew paged 0857 for report of adistressed owner, with dog which had been in the sea for over half an hour, ILB stood down 0900, dog and owner re-united.
20th June ILB launched at 1622 to report of swimmer lost from sight off Sheppey Yacht club, ILB stood down a few minutes later, swimmer safe ashore further along the beach, ILB re-housed at 1637.
3rd July ILB tasked at 1746 to swimmer reported in difficulties off Sheerness seafront, ILB stood down at 1748, swimmer safe ashore.
3rd July ILB launched at 1836 to report of 2 sailboarder in trouble off Minster Leas, ILB stood down at 1839, casualties being assisted ashore by speedboat in area. ILB rehoused, ready for service at 1910. SW 5.
13th July ILB launched at 1530 to 19ft speedboat broken down and at anchor off Sheerness seafront, 2 persons onboard. ILB on scene at 1535, casualty taken under tow for Allhallows slipway, where it was safely landed for occupants to recover. ILB returned to station at 1647. Wstly 3.
14th July ILB launched at 1519 to report of inflatable being blown out to sea off Minster. ILB on scene at 1529, object turned out be a bunch of helium balloons, ILB recovered and returned to station at 1605. SW 3.
14th July ALB launched at 2014 to 27ft Motorboat broken down and at anchor, South of Red Sand Towers, one person onboard. ALB on scene at 2043, crewman placed onboard and tow established, casualty towed to Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2340. SW 4/5.
23rd July ILB launched at 2233 to report of missing vulnerable person near M2 Bridge at Rochester. ILB was stood down in Chatham Reach at 2258, person found safe and well ashore. ILB returned to station at 2355. NE 4/5
24th July ALB launched at 1719 to report of dinghy drifting South of Sea Reach No4, unsure if anyone onboard. ALB located dinghy at 1733, dinghy in derelict condition, taken onboard ALB, which returned to station at 1815. NE 4/5.
25th July ALB launched at 0540 to 24ft yacht aground on Maplin Sands, 1 person onboard. ALB arrived on scene at 0620, insuffcient water for ALB to close, so the XP daughter boat was deployed with 2 crew and tow line taken across to casualty. Casualty was re-floated, but due to a damaged rudder, was towed into Queenborough Harbour, where it was secured. ALB returned to station at 1015. NE 3.
26th July ALB launched at 1547 to report of Red Flare sighted between Sheerness and Red Sand Towers, having commenced the search, the ALB was diverted at 1600 to a 15ft Speedboat reported drifting with 3 pob off Medway Channel, ALB arrived on scene and secured a tow until the arrival of Sheerness ILB, which took over the tow and towed the speedboat to Kingsferry bridge where it was secured, (the ILB returned to station at 1835). The ALB resumed its search at 1647, proceeding to S.Shoebury buoy to the Oaze Bank then to the Spile buoy before returning via across the Cant, with nothing found, Whitstable and Southend lifeboats and Rescue 125 also involved in search. The ALB returned to station at 1802. Estly Light Airs.
26th July ALB launched at 2236 to 10mtr German Yacht broken down in Sheerness harbour with 2 pob. The ALB arrived on scene and secured the casualty alongside and towed the casualty into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. ALB returned to station at 2336. Estly Light Airs.
29th July ALB launched at 0615 to 22ft Yacht broken down and unable to sail in prevailing weather, 2 pob. Position given as North of Spile buoy. ALB arrived on scene, nothing seen, lifeboat in contact with casualty and attempted D/F, but poor signal. Casualty was requested to fire a flare, which was seen to the East in the Four Fathom channel. ALB arrived on scene, one person taken onboard lifeboat and casualty taken in tow. Casualty secured in Queenborough harbour, occupants of yacht landed ashore and lifeboat ready for service at 0955. NNW 4/5.
1st Aug ALB launched at 1655 to 60ft Dutch barge out of fuel and at anchor near the Blacktail Spit, 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived on scene and took the casualty under tow for the Medway, the casualty was safely secured alongside at 2020 at Gillingham marina fuel berth. ALB returning down river to assist ILB with small dinghy in trouble at Oakhamness, ALB on scene at 2043, ILB transferred two persons and dinghy to ALB. casualties landed ashore at Sheerness at 2105, ALB ready for service at 2205. SW 3.
1st Aug ILB launched at 2019 to small dinghy in difficulties near Oakhamness jetty, 2 pob. ILB on scene at 2031, one crewman put ashore and successfully managed to drag the small inflatable to the waters edge, ILB then towed the dinghy out to ALB and transferred the occupants and dinghy. ILB returned to station at 2205. SW 3.
3rd Aug ILB launched at 1712 to 25ft Motor Cruiser broken down in Saltpan Reach, River Medway, 4 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene and established a tow, casualty was then towed to safe mooring in Queenborough Hbr, ILB released at 1817 and re-tasked to powerboat broken down off Minster, 3 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene, casualty towed back to Sheppey Yacht Club. ILB returned to station at 1940. SW 4/5.
10th Aug ILB launched at 1505 to Sailboarder in difficulties off Minster, Lifeguard gone out assist, but unable to get casualty ashore. ILB on scene, recovered casualty and lifeguard and landed them both ashore to CG, no medical attention required. ILB then recovered casualties rig. ILB returned to station at 1615. SW 8.
13th Aug ILB launched at 1610 to report of Two Children cut off by the tide at Hoo Marina. ILB was stood down at 1615, children recovered safely by Medway CG. ILB returned to station at 1630. Wstly 4.
16th Aug ILB and ALB both tasked at 1731 to report of vulnerable person missing at Minster, all SAR units stood down at 1742, person found safe and well.
16th Aug ILB launched at 1743 to canoe with 2 occupants unable to paddle back to the shore at Nore Marsh, River Medway. ILB on scene at 1808, adult and child taken onboard ILB and canoe taken in tow for Riverside country park, where they were landed to CG. ILB returned to station at 1847. Wstly 4.  ILB was then placed on standby as report of person in the water off seafront was received, ILB stood down, when it was confirmed as a false alarm.
18th Aug ALB launched at 0720 to 26ft Yacht with 2 persons onboard, pinned against the upstream end of Thamesport Container jetty following machinery failure. ALB on scene and casualty towed clear of jetty, tow re-secured and casualty towed into Queenborough Harbour. ALB returned to station at 0840. Wstly 5.
23rd Aug ILB launched at 1439 to report of broken down speedboat with 1 person onboard, drifting onto Burntwick Island, ILB stood down at 1542, casualty being assisted by Kent Police RIB. WNW 4.
24th Aug ILB launched at 2103 to report of vulnerable person entered the water at Rochester. ILB stood down at 2121, when it was confirmed, the person had been recovered and safe ashore, ILB returned to station at 2148. SW 2.
27th Aug ALB launched at 1656 to a 35ft Motor Cruiser with one person onboard, suffered machinery failure in vicinity of the Shivering Sand Towers. ALB on scene at 1739, tow established and casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2115. Estly 4/5.
3rd Sept ILB diverted from exercise at 1935 to small inflatable dinghy with one person onboard, thought to be struggling to get back upriver. ILB on scene at 1955, person taken onboard and dinghy towed upriver to the parent yacht, owner placed back onboard. ILB returned to station at 2210. Estly 3.
5th Sept ALB crew paged at 2020 to “Epirb” hit by CG in River Medway, the source of the “Epirb” was located and unit turned off, crew stood down before launching.
7th Sept ILB diverted from exercise at 1225 to report of dinghy found drifting in Bartletts Creek, River Medway, no one onboard. ILB carried out search of marshes and islands in area, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 1355. NNW 2.
9th Sept ILB launched at 2118 to report of inflatable dinghy in trouble near Beeness Jetty with 3 persons onboard. ILB on scene at 2135 along with private craft, ILB carried out search, nothing untoward found, ILB released at 2152, on return to station, ILB came across a 19ft Yacht with no electrics, motor and unable to sail, one person onboard, craft towed to safe mooring in Queenborough harbour. ILB returned to station at 2315. Estly 2.
10th Sept ILB launched at 1228 to same yacht from previous day, being blown onto disused jetty in Queenborough Harbour, ILB on scene and secured a tow, casualty towed back onto safe mooring and owner taken ashore and handed over to CG. ILB returned to station at 1328. Estly 4.
11th Sept ILB launched at 0053 to assist Kent Police in search for vulnerable person missing on seafront, ILB commenced saerch at 0058. Search terminated at 0123, person found safe ashore. ILB returned to station at 0152. Estly 2.
14th Sept ILB launched at 1143 to 24ft Yacht with 2 persons onboard, unable to motor or sail against strong flood tide and wind and being blown onto a lee shore near Kingsnorth jetty, ILB secured a tow and towed the casualty back to it’s berth in Gillingham Marina. ILB returned to station at 1435. NNE 4.
27th Sept ILB launched at 2005 to report of small craft flashing lights under Garrison Point, ILB investigated craft, small craft at anchor with two pob, happily fishing, no assistance required. ILB returned to station at 2030. SE Lt Airs.
29th Sept ILB launched at 1400 to assist Kent Police in search for persons missing, possibly entered the water at Cuxton, Rochester. ILB carried out search along with CG, Police, Rescue 125. Search terminated, when advised by Kent Police all persons believed accounted for ashore. ILB returned to station at 1620. SW 1.
1st Oct ILB launched at 1657 to small inflatable dinghy with outboard failure, 2 persons onboard, off Minster Leas. ILB arrived on scene and towed the casualty craft back to the Shingle Bank and handed them over to Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station at 1740. Wstly 2.
17th Oct ILB launched at 2304 to report of Red Flares sighted off Chatham Historic Dockyard, River Medway. ILB carried out exhaustive search of the river, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 0123. SW 2.
18th Oct ALB launched at 1008 to 28ft Cruiser broken down with 2 pob in Kethole Reach, River Medway, craft at anchor. ALB on scene, crewman placed onboard and tow secured. Unable to recover casualties anchor due to be fouled on seabed, anchor cable cut and casualty towed to Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1206. SW 6.
18th Oct ILB launched at 2047 followed by ALB at 2117 to 23ft yacht with fuel problem in Medway Approach channel, two persons onboard, casualty taken under tow by ALB into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. Both lifeboats returned to station at 2303. SW 2.
1st Nov ILB launched at 1005 to broken down small Hovercraft with two persons onboard, casualty unsure of position, ILB carried out search of River and eventually located the casualty inside Burntwick island, craft towed clear of the mud, the two occupants were taken onboard the ILB and taken to Gillingham Marina suffering from the cold. The ILB returned to craft and took it under tow for Sheerness, where it was secured on the slip at 1236. SW 3. ILB was re-tasked to another incident at 1237.
1st Nov ILB re-launched at 1245 after quickly re-fuelling to Medivac an injured person from a yacht moored off Gillingham. ILB on scene and initial assessment made, ILB required further assistance of Ambulance Paramedic’s with drugs to evacuate person, this was successfully done and injured person evacuated to Ambulance at Gillingham marina. ILB returned to station at 1548. SW 3.
9th Nov ILB launched at 2038 to report of an injured person onboard a Tug in Rochester. ILB arrived on scene and embarked a Paramedic and taken out to casualty, the person was not injured, but in a distressed state, casualty persuaded to go ashore to awaiting Ambulance, person landed ashore and ILB returned to station. SSE 3.
21st Nov ILB launched at 0203 to vulnerable person at Rochester, Police, Ambulance & CG in attendance, ILB arrived on scene, but were stood down, when person handed there selves over to the Authorities, ILB returned to station at 0345. Estly 1/2.
30th Nov ILB launched at 1613 to small 16ft Angling Boat with 2 persons onboard broken down with flat battery near Colemouth Creek, River Medway. ILB assisted craft and returned to station at 1800. Nthly 4.
2nd Dec ILB launched at 2043 to 10 mtr Angling Boat, which had lost all power and drifted ashore in entrance of Stangate Creek, River Medway, 2 persons onboard, ILB arrived on scene and managed to secure a line and tow casualty clear of shore, but due to the weather and tonnage of casualty the ALB was launched at 2110 to take over the tow, ALB arrived on scene, tow passed over and casualty towed to Queenborough harbour. Both lifeboats back on station and ready for service at 2233. Nthly 6.