2015 Callouts Histoy

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15th February Inshore lifeboat launched at 2153 to 25ft motorboat lost in fog in Long Reach, West Swale. 5 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene, casualty escorted back to Queenborough harbour, where it was secured, ILB returned to station at 2317. SE 1, Dense Fog.
16th February Inshore lifeboat launched at 2234 to carry out searchline search of North Sheppey for vulnerable missing person, ILB commenced search of shore from Garrison Point alonf to Minster Leas, person located safe and well, ILB stood down and returned to station at 0005. NW 4/5.
21st February All weather lifeboat launched at 1453 to 27ft Angling Boat broken down with 2 persons onboard near Blacktail Spit buoy, ALB on scene and tow established, casualty towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1800. NW 4/5.
23rd February Inshore lifeboat launched at 1355 to 27ft Yacht aground near Horrid Hill, River Medway, ILB stood down, when it was confirmed that craft was unattended and local boatyard where away of craft. ILB returned to station at 1425. SW 5/6.
1st March Inshore lifeboat launched at 0955 to report of two kayakers in trouble off Minster shingle bank, ILB on scene at 1005, both kayakers safe ashore, having been recovered by local club jet ski, ILB recovered empty kayak and returned to shore, ILB returned to station at 1125. SW 6.
3rd March Inshore lifeboat launched at 1104 to report of person in the water off Pelican Boatyard, Strood. ILB on scene and commenced search along with CG, Police, Kent Fire & Rescue and CG Rescue helicopter 104, area thoroughly searched, nothing found, ILB returned to station at 1352. Wstly 5/6.
23rd March Inshore lifeboat launched at 1700 to report of person or body in the water at Rochester. ILB stood down at 1715, Police boat on scene attending incident. On return downriver, ILB came across dinghy ashore at Burntwick island, no signs of anyone with it, dinghy towed back to Sheerness. ILB returned to station at 1817. WNW 3.
27th March Inshore lifeboat launched at 1850 to assist 18ft Angling boat with 2 persons onboard,  broken down and at anchor just East of Royal Oak Point, casualty located and towed back to the lower camber at Sheerness. ILB ready for service at 2045. NW 3.
29th March ILB paged, but due to prevailing weather, All weather lifeboat paged instead to a report of 2 persons clinging to a barge off Medway Yacht Club. Crew paged, but stood down before launch, persons assisted by local safety boat from Yacht club. WNW 8/9.
30th March Inshore lifeboat launched at 1025 to report of cabin cruiser drifting off Copperhouse Marsh, River Medway, ILB stood down on 1056, Police RHIB on scene, casualty hard aground and no persons involved. ILB returned to station at 1140. Wstly 5.
30th March Inshore lifeboat launched at 2028 to 30ft Motorboat with fouled propellor in Queenborough harbour. ILB arrived on scene, tow secured and casualty towed to the all tide landing. ILB returned to station at 2135. WNW 4/5.
4th April Inshore crew paged to windsurfer in trouble, stood down before launch.
4th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1328 to small dinghy reported drifting with 2 persons onboard off Gillingham. ILB located craft and towed them back to Gillingham Pier. ILB returned to station at 1500. NE 4/5.
6th April Inshore crew paged at 1434 to report of two youths cut off by the tide at Rochester, launch cancelled, persons assisted by local craft.
12th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1828 to jet Skier broken down off Minster, 1 person onboard, ILB arrived on scene and took the occupant onboard, jet ski towed back to into the beach. ILB returned to station at 1926. Wstly 4.
16th April All weather lifeboat launched at 1633 to 20ft Yacht with 1 person onboard, reported aground on Maplin Sands. ALB on scene at 1702, casualty high and dry and lifeboat unable to get within one mile of casualty, only comms by mobile phone, after discussion with Cg, it was decided to launch Siuthend lifeboat to assist, who with shallower draucght, would be able to close casualty earlier. ALB remaining on scene throughout, until casualty was safely under tow of Southend lifeboat back to yacht’s mooring off Shoebury. ALB returned to station at 2145. ENE 4/5.
18th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1428 to 17ft Angling boat broken down near N0 15 buoy, River Medway, 3 persons onboard. ILB on scene and casualty towed back to Gillingham marina pontoon, ILB released at 1532 and tasked to report of cabin cruiser drifting at Rochester. ILB arrived on scene, located craft, which was in no danger and no assistance required, ILB made way back to station in choppy seas, returning to station at 1710. ENE 6.
19th April Inshore lifeboat paged at 0815 to report of person in the water at Thamesport, launch cancelled, person recovered from the water.
25th April Inshore lifeboat launched at 1426 to report of small craft in trouble at No 5 berth, Sheerness Docks. ILB arrived on scene and small 13ft craft with two persons onboard broken down and washed ashore. ILB secured tow and craft towed back to Queenborough causeway, where it was landed. ILB returned to station at 1523.

WSW 3/4.

2nd May Inshore lifeboat launched at 0951 to 25ft motorboat broken down with 1 person onboard and at anchor off Stangate creek. ILB secured a tow and casualty towed into Queenborough harbour. ILB returned to station at 1115. Estly 4.
2nd May All weather lifeboat launched at 1525 to 10 mtr Angling boat broken down with 6 persons onboard and at anchor South of Sea Reach No 2. Southend lifeboat standing by as weather condition on scene too severe for them to tow craft in. ALB transferred a crewman and tow across to casualty via Southend lifeboat, casualty towed back to the entrance of Leigh Ray, where in more sheltered conditions, the tow was passed over to Southend lifeboat. ALB returned to station at 1747. Estly 4/5.
3rd May All weather lifeboat launched at 1754 to 28ft Yacht, broken down and at anchor near West Cant buoy, 2 persons onboard, ALB on scene, crewman placed onboard and casualty towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1935. SW 7.
3rd May Inshore lifeboat launched at 2008 to report of person possibly stranded on the mud at Hoo island. ILB arrived on scene and located the casualty, who was found to be intending to camp out on island overnight. ILB returned to station at 2140. SW 4/5.
5th May All weather lifeboat launched at 1230 to Kayaker reported to be stranded on Nore Marsh, River Medway. The ALB was deployed due to the prevailing weather in the river. ALB arrived on scene, lifeboat closed to within 25 metres of the marsh, casualty managed to paddle out to the lifeboat, where he was taken onboard alonf with his kayak, no medical attention required. Casualty was landed at Gillingham marina pontoon. ALB returned to station at 1405. SW 8 gusting 10.
10th May All weather lifeboat launched at 1752 to 42ft Belgium Yacht, suffered engine failure with 8 persons onboard in vicinity of Red Sand Towers. ALB on scene at 1820, tow established and casualty towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2045. SW 2/3.
11th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 2036 to 4mtr RHIB broken down after suffering an electrical fire in outboard, which had safely been extinguished. 1 adult and 5 children onboard, all persons okay, casualty towed back to Queenborough causeway. ILB returned to station at 2137. SW 3.
12th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 0258 to report of injured person onboard a craft at Rochester, ILB arrived on scene, person assessed and able to walk, ILB transferred the person to the shore to awaiting Ambulance. ILB returned to station at 0505. SW 3.
14th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 0240 to take person off craft at Rochester, (same person as service of the 12th). ILB arrived on scene, person assessed and taken ashore to awaiting Ambulance. ILB returned to station at 0417. Estly 3/4.
28th May Inshore lifeboat paged for report of Person in the water at Rochester, launch cancelled, person recovered by local workboat
28th May Inshore lifeboat paged for craft broken down off Minster, launch cancelled, craft made shore under own power.
28th May Inshore lifeboat launched at 2025 to same craft from earlier, which had now broken down off Royal Oak Point with one person onboard, ILB located craft, an 18ft dayboat, craft taken under tow and placed on a mooring off Leysdown, person landed ashore, ILB returned to station at 2215. Wstly 4.
6th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1718 to small dinghy broken down off Minster Leas with 1 person onboard, ILB on scene at 1727, casualty now managed to re-start his outboard, ILB escorted the casualty back to the beach, where they were met by Sheppey CG. ILB returned to station at 1806. SW 3.
6th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 2315 to assist with person trapped in mud in Queenborough harbour after laying anchor for his grounded yacht. ILB on scene at 2323, but unable to close within 50 metres of casualty. Kent Fire & Rescue, Ambulance, Sheppey & Medway CG on scene ashore, Coastguard Helicopter and Southend Hovercraft also tasked. Person eventually extricated from the mud by Kent Fire & Rescue and handed over to ILB, who landed the person back at Lifeboat station to awaiting Ambulance. ILB then returned to Queenborough to assist in Kent Fire & Rescue in recovering their equipment, other occupant of yacht landed ashore by hovercraft. ILB eventually returned to station at 0130. SW 3.
14th June Inshore lifeboat tasked at 1454 to vulnerable person at Rochester, stood down at 1507, person detained by Police.
17th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1520 to Jet Ski broken down off Royal Oak Point, Minster, ILB arrived on scene at at 1533, Jet Ski and occupant towed back to launch site at Minster. ILB was then tasked to two persons stranded on Hoo Island after their inflatable Kayak suffered a puncture, ILB on scene at 1635, person recovered from shoreline and taken back across to Gillingham, ILB returned to station at 1730.
21st June Inshore lifeboat launched at 0249 to 4mtr craft with outboard failure in Queenborough harbour, ILB on scene at 0258, casualty towed to All Tide Landing, ILB returned to station.
21st June All Weather lifeboat launched at 1910 to 30ft Cruiser in tow of Southend Lifeboat near No 2 sea reach, one person onboard, on scene and casualty under tow of ALB at 1932, proceeding to Queenborough, on arrival, owner insisted he wished to proceed to Rochester under his own power, tow released, but it was soon apparent, that he would not be able to navigate safely, so a crewman was placed onboard and casualty escorted to Rochester, upon arrival, owner was given safety advice, ALB released at 2310, returning downriver. At 2350, ALB was diverted to report of cries of help heard from area of Stoke Creek, ALB on scene at 2359, but due to tidal conditions, unable to get close enough, Sheerness ILB, Southend Hovercraft and Rescue 125 tasked. ILB arrived on scene, shortly followed by Hovercraft, two casualties located on derelict part of Beeness jetty, these were recovered and transferred to the ALB, Rescue 125 located and recovered the third person from the mud further inshore, ALB, ILB and Hovercraft all released to return to station. ALB & ILB back on station at 0200, persons taken to hospital. SW 2.
24th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 2328 to report of clothing found on seafront and person possibly missing. ILB commenced its search between Garrison Point and Bartons Point. The All weather lifeboat launched at 2338 to assist in the search and was later joined by Rescue helicopter 125, a thorough search of the area was carried out and with nothing found, the ALB & ILB returned to station at 0145. SW 2.
25th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 1642 to report of vulnerable person on Rochester Bridge, the ILB was stood down at 1653, when it was confirmed that the person was now off the bridge and with the Police. ILB returned to station at 1741. SE 2.
25th June All weather lifeboat launched at 1825 to assist a 23 mtr, 80 ton barge/houseboat broken down near the Shivering Sand Towers, 3 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1907, casualty safely under tow at 1918 and was towed back into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured at 2129, ALB returned to station at 2218. SW 2.
27th June All weather lifeboat launched at 2125 to take over the tow of 15mtr Belgium Yacht from Margate L/B, casualty suffered machinery failure with 8 persons onboard in the Princes Channel. Sheerness ALB met up with the Margate L/B at the West Oaze buoy, casualty in tow at 2157 and towed into Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 0007. SSW 2.
29th June Inshore lifeboat launched at 0115 to report of person in the water at Chathamness, River Medway, ILB arrived on scene and commenced seacrh along with Medway Coastguard and Rescue helicopter 125, River thoroughly searched, nothing found, ILB returned to station at 0326. SW 3.
4th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1634 to a 13ft Speedboat out of fuel and drifting off Gillingham Strand, 2 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene and towed the casualty back to Gillingham Hard. ILB returned to station at 1758. SW 3/4.
6th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1856 to report of Jet Ski in difficulties off Minster Shingle bank. ILB arrived on scene, nothing visual, after sweep of area, a small dayboat was seen near the launch ramp, upon investigation, this proved to be the craft, the 1st Informant reported, no assistance needed, ILB returned to station at 2013. SW 3.
7th July Inshore lifeboat launched at 1646 to 27ft Cruiser broken down and at anchor off Deadman’s Island, River Medway, one person onboard, ILB recovered casualties anchor and towed into Queenborough Harbour. ILB returned to station at 1830.

Wstly 6.

15th July All weather lifeboat launched at 1600 to report of possible missing person from craft off Whitstable, which was found drifting with it’s generator running. Whitstable lifeboat on scene, which confirmed that the person had been located safe and well ashore, ALB stood down and returned to station at 1655.
20th July ILB tasked at 1734 as Coastguard were concerned for the safety of a group of youngsters on one of the buttresseson Swale crossing. Launch cancelled at 1741, all persons now safe ashore with Cg unit.
21st July All weather lifeboat launched at 1818 to take over the tow of a 25ft Norwegian Yacht with one person onboard in tow of Southend lifeboat. ALB rendevouzed with the Southend lifeboat, just North of the Montgomery wreck, casualty taken in tow and brought into Queenborough harbour, ALB returned to station at 2017. SW 3/4.
1st Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 0355 to 27ft Craft drifted on Ebb tide and in collision with Car Carrier moored at Sheerness, 3 persons onboard. ILB on scene within minutes of launching, initial assessments carried out and casualty care given to two of the crew for cuts and grazes, craft was escorted into Queenborough hbr under it’s own power, where they were met by Sheppey Cg and an Ambulance. ILB returned to station at 0530. SSW 1/2.
3rd Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 1615 to 23ft craft reported aground off Bartlett Creek, River Medway, one person onboard. ILB arrived on scene, but nothing visual, ILB carried out search of area, still nothing seen, ILB returned to Stangate & Sharfleet creeks and casualty eventually located hard aground on Slayhill Marsh, anchor placed out on craft and owner brought ashore by ILB back to lifeboat station. ILB ready for service at 1830. SW 3/4.
8th Aug All weather lifeboat launched at 1320 to 30ft Cruiser broken down and at anchor near the West Nore Sand buoy, 2 persons onboard. ALB arrived on scene and after assisting to raise the casualties anchor, they were safely under tow at 1344. Casualty secured in Queenborough harbour, ALB returned to station at 1524. Estly 4/5.
9th Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 1830 to report of Sailboarder in trouble off Bartons Point, Minster. ILB advised at 1835, that the casualty was safe ashore, but his sail from rig was still adrift, ILB carried out search. but was unable to locate the sail. ILB returned to station at 1942. SW 3.
16th Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 0014 to report of person in the water at Queenborough harbour. ILB on scene at 0020, luckily the person had been recovered by another vessel, once vessels location confirmed, the ILB took the person onboard and across the harbour to the all tide landing, where they were met by Sheppey Cg and Ambulance. ILB returned to station at 0125. Light Airs.
17th Aug All weather lifeboat launched at 1110 to report of person collapsed on historic tug inward bound in Medway Approach channel. ALB on scene at 1129, Kent Police “Rhib” and Rescue Helicopter 163 on scene, two crew placed onboard to assist with casulaty care if required, ALB remained on scene, whilst person was treated by Helicopter Paramedic, Person airlifted to hospital at 1217, ALB released and ready for service at 1245. ENE 2.
23rd Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 0548 to Jet Ski reported broken down with two occupants in West Swale. ILB located casualties ashore on Elmley Marsh, both okay and were taken onboard ILB, jet ski taken under tow and all landed at launch ramp at Kingsferry Bridge, ILB returned to station at 0722. ESE 2.
23rd Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 2109 to report of 3 intoxicated youths in small inflatable off Sheppey yacht club, ILB stood down at 2110, youths now safe ashore with Sheppey CG, ILB ready for service at 2125. ESE 2.
25th Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 1118 to report of Windsurfer in trouble off Minster, ILB advised on route, that casualty was a small dinghy capsized, single handed and was being assisted by a second sail dinghy also single handed, upon arrival of ILB, neither of the sail dinghies were able to sail back to shore, ILB took one sailor onboard and towed both dinghies back to the beach, the occupants did not need any medical attention. ILB returned to station at 1225. SSW 5.
27th Aug Inshore lifeboat launched at 1557 to Medivac 15yr old girl from Sail Training vessel in Stangate Creek suffering from an allergic reaction. ILB on scene and embarked casualty plus one and proceeded to All Tide landing at Queenborough, where they were landed. Rescue helicopter 163 also on scene and lowered winchman, casualty being treated by NHS Paramedic. ILB released at 1637, casualty now with Ambulance crew. ILB returned to station at 1715. SW 4/5.
7th Sept Inshore lifeboat launched at 1433 to small single person Hovercraft broken down near Kingsnorth in River Medway. ILB arrived on scene, nothing visual. Search carried out and with further info from the casualty, he was located off Motney Hill. Person taken onboard and the hovercraft in tow, due to the tide and the instability of the hovercraft, very slow progress was made and the ILB had to stop several times to bail out the craft, the casualty was eventually landed safe ashore at Gillingham Strand at 1832. ILB returned to station at 1937. Nthly 2.
12th Sept All weather lifeboat launched at 1621 to 20 mtr Dutch Barge broken down with cooling problem and now at anchor South of the Kentish Flats Windfarm, 6 persons onboard. ALB on scene 1710,anchor recovered and casualty safely under tow at 1730, casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2026.

SSW 4.

14th Sept All weather lifeboat launched at 0346 to 12mtr Dutch Cruiser broken down and at anchor near the West Oaze buoy. ALB arrived on scene, crewman transferred and tow established,  casualties anchor recovered and craft towed into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. ALB returned to station at 0700. SE 3/4.
20th Sept All weather lifeboat launched at 1858 to 22ft Sports Cruiser disabled with gearbox failure, 3 persons onboard, drifting near Blacktail Spit buoy. Naval vessel reported to be standing by. ALB alongside casualty at 1935 at the Maplin Bell buoy, casualty taken under tow and arrangements made for Burnham lifeboat to launch and take over the tow into the River Crouch, this was safely done at 2045 in the vicinity of the Whitaker Buoy, ALB returned to station at 2230. SW 3.
24th Sept Inshore lifeboat launched at 2121 following “Cries for Help” heard off Queenborough causeway. ILB on scene at 2128, commenced search of immediate area along with Sheppey CG, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 2230. Wstly 2/3.
25th Sept. Inshore lifeboat launched at 1241 to report of 35ft vessel making water on mooring off Gillingham, 2 persons onboard. ILB on scene along with Kent Police Rhib, Police Rhib returned to Station to collect portable pump from ALB and then returned to vessel, craft pumped dry, but owner refused to be towed into local marina. ILB & Police Rhib released and ILB returned to station at 1515. WNW 2.
26th Sept Inshore lifeboat launched at 1355 to 7mtr Angling boat with fouled propellor North of Montgomery Wreck, 2 persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene and took the casualty under tow towards Southend. Casualty handed over to Southend lifeboat at 1445, ILB returned to station at 1535. ESE 3.
26th Sept All Weather lifeboat launched at 1420 to 10mtr cruiser broken down and secured on commercial buoy in Saltpan Reach, 5 persons onboard. ALB on scene, tow secured and casualty towed into Queenborough Harbour, where it was safely secured. Lifeboat returned to station at 1447. NE 2.
28th Sept All weather lifeboat launched at 0217 to 50ft tug broken down and drifting off Gashouse Point, Rochester, 2 persons onboard. ALB stood down at 0226, craft re-gained engine power, ALB returned to station. Estly 2.
28th Sept Inshore lifeboat launched at 0817 to report of person trapped in the mud off Gillingham, CG Teams, Kent Fire/Rescue and Southend Hovercraft proceeding. ILB on scene at 0837, person was safely recovered to the shore by Kent Fire/Rescue, ILB remained in area, whilst Hovercraft recovered mud equipment. ILB returned to station at 1045. Estly 2/3.
3rd October All weather lifeboat launched at 1608 to 28ft Angling Boat broken down and at anchor just East of the Oaze buoy. 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1637, casualty safely under tow at 1645 and towed to Queenborough Harbour. ALB returned to station at 1830. Wstly Lt Airs.
4th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1419 to report of small dinghy less than 6ft in length drifting upriver off Gillingham Strand,  possibly three persons onboard. ILB arrived on scene at 1437 to find that casualty craft had been towed back to Gillingham Marina pontoon by another craft, all persons safe ashore with CG. ILB released and returned to station at 1543. Estly 2.
13th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 1905 to report of possible body sighted in the River off Gillingham. ILB carried out a thorough search of the river and shoreline, nothing untoward found. ILB returned to station at 2100. Nthly 4.
18th October Inshore lifeboat launched at 0025 to report of a collision between two vessels in Bridge Reach, Rochester. On route, the ILB was asked by the Cg to rendezvous with the Police at Sun Pier, Chatham. ILB checked upon the welfare of the occupant of one vessel, other person of other vessel checked by Police. ILB returned to station at 0325. Nthly 3.
1st November All weather lifeboat launched at 1325 to 31ft Angling Boat broken down with complete electrical failure and at anchor just to the West of the Red Sand Towers, 2 persons onboard. ALB on scene at 1415, casualty safely under tow at 1422 and towed back to Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 1620. Lt Airs, dense fog, visibility less than 1 cable.
6th November Inshore lifeboat launched at 2150 to report of 3 persons believed to have stolen a small craft from Sheerness Seafront.  ILB carried out a thorough search of the area upto 1 mile off shore, nothing found. ILB returned to station at 2309.
12th November Inshore lifeboat launched at 1933 to report of vulnerable person at Rochester, ILB arrived on scene, but unable to reach casualty due to tidal restraints. ILB stood down, incident being dealt with by agencies from shore. ILB back on station at 2050. SW 4.
28th November Inshore lifeboat launched at 1506 to 27ft yacht being escorted by Southend Lifeboat due to adverse weather and crew onboard yacht suffering from sea sickness. ILB was stood down at 1523 due the position and weather.

All weather lifeboat was launched at 1510 and on scene with Southend L/Bat 1525. Two ALB crew transferred to yacht and three persons from the yacht brought onboard the ALB, Yacht escorted into Queenborough harbour, where it was secured. SW 6/7. ALB was then diverted to another incident, a 27ft motor Boat with two persons onboard, unable to make headway in prevailing weather in Four Fathom channel, engine overheating and low on fuel. ALB on scene with casualty at 1747 at Spile buoy, one crewman transferred and casualty safely under tow at 1754, casualty towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour. ALB returned to station at 2015. Sw 7 gusting 9.

8th December All weather lifeboat launched at 2205 to Medivac person suffering with burns from craft in Queenborough harbour. Kent Fire & Rescue on scene with their Fire Launch. Person taken onboard ALB and brought back to Sheerness, where the person was landed to awaiting Ambulance. ALB returned to station at 2242. SW 3.
19th December Inshore lifeboat crew paged at 1658 to report of 20ft Speedboat broken down and drifting off Bartons Point, Minster, 2 pob. Craft regained power and made it to shore. ILB stood down.
25th December Inshore lifeboat launched at 2142 to 25ft yacht with fouled anchor at Stoke Oaze buoy, yacht was experiencing difficulty making headway in prevailing weather attempting to reach Gillingham. Due to the weather, the larger ALB was launched at 2200 to assist.

ILB on scene at 2205, crew attempted to recover anchor, but cable parted, ILB took casualty under tow and then passed it over to the ALB at 2215. Casualty was towed to the safety of Queenborough harbour, both occupants ok. ILB and ALB returned to station and ready for service at 0001. SW 7/8.