Inshore lifeboat launched at 0041 to incident at Sheerness Seafront. On scene at 0048, incident dealt with by Kent Fire & Rescue along with Secamb, CG & Police. ILB stood down at 0055, returning to station at 0105. Wstly 3.
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 10.04 and launched at 10.20 on Friday 6 September in response to a ‘Mayday’ call from a 22-foot yacht which reportedly had a fouled anchor between Red Sand Towers and Princes No 8 buoy in the Thames Estuary
The tug ‘Sandsfoot Castle’ was on the scene and trying to assist the yacht after answering the casualty’s ‘Mayday’ call.
Whilst on route the lifeboat was advised that the yachts anchor had been recovered and the craft was now underway. Further information was received by the lifeboat from the dredger “Arco Beck”, which was at anchor in the Mouse anchorage, that he could see the yacht heading North.
Contact was made from the lifeboat with the casualty on VHF and a D/F bearing obtained. Visual contact was made shortly after with the yacht, which it was noted only had a storm jib in place.
The ALB came alongside the casualty at 11.00 and the occupant reported that he was totally exhausted due to the poor weather conditions. The decision was made to put a crewman onboard to assist, which was safely done.A tow line was passed and the casualty was safely under tow at 11.15.
Due the prevailing weather conditions at the scene it was decided to tow the casualty downwind and sea towards the River Crouch on the Essex coast.
The UK Coastguard were advised of this decision and were requested to launch Burnham RNLI lifeboat to take over the tow, which was done and the Sheerness lifeboat proceeded towards the rendezvous point of Whitaker No 6 buoy where the tow was transferred to the Burnham lifeboat at 13.00
The Sheerness ALB was released at 13.02 and returned to station at 14.15 and ready for service again at 14.45. West South West force 6.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1910 to incident at Rochester. ILB dealt with by ILB, with Police, Ambulance and Cg present. ILB returned to station at 2030. NW 3.
Inshore Lifeboat crew paged at 0127 to RHIB in the Swale after contact had been lost. ILB was cancelled, however at 0135, after being resolved.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1756 after report of a Kayaker in difficulties in entrance of the River Medway. ILB located the casualty at 1802, off the Grain shore, occupant reported he was okay and happy to continue unaided back to Queenborough, after safety advice was given, the ILB returned to station at 1809. WSW 4/5.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 2003 to report of small RHIB aground in the Swale with 2 persons on board. With the tide still dropping, the ILB proceeded at best speed to the area, limited contact was made with the casualty craft on VHF, but the ILB could still not see the casualty, eventually, the craft was located on the mudflats off Elmley. One crewmember attempted to walk ashore, but due to the soft and deep mud, returned to the ILB, after a lengthy discussion with the UKCG and the occupants, the occupants reported they had warm clothing and provisions and were happy to wait for the flood tide and would keep in contact with the CG. ILB released at 2140, returning to station at 2215. NW 4.
All weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 1633 on Saturday 31 August to assist a 20′ yacht with mechanical failure, reported to be in the vicinity of the SS Montgomery wreck, off of Sheerness seafront. Launching at 1646 with a crew of 6 the Lifeboat made contact with the casualty vessel via VHF, which had 2 persons on board. The casualty was located approx. 1.6 miles to the East of the wreck and a tow was quickly established at 1705. The Lifeboat with the casualty in tow proceeded to the Queenborough All Tide Landing where the yacht was safely secured at 1810.The Lifeboat was released and returned to station at 1825. WSW F4/5.
Inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 0942 on Friday 23 August by the UK Coastguard to reports of a vessel with a fouled propeller, located to the North of the Isle of Grain. The Lifeboat, with 2 crew onboard launched at 0954 and was on the scene at 1007. On arrival it was apparent the casualty vessel was aground, with the tide still falling. After communicating with the vessel via VHF the 2 persons on board decided to stay on board and wait for the next high tide to re-float their craft. They were advised by the lifeboat crew to put their anchor out, which they did. After passing this information to the UK Coastguard the Lifeboat was released at 1023, returned to station at 1035 and was refuelled and ready for service at 1055. Variable, light airs.
Inshore lifeboat launched at 1830 to report of Person in the water near the Kingsferry Bridge, ILB arrived on scene at 1840, CG teams on bridge and river bank, nothing was sighted by ILB or CG. ILB investigated a number of Jet Skiers in the area and it was thought that the report, may have been one of them in the water. With nothing else untoward, the ILB was released and returned to station at 1904. SW 2/3.
All Weather Lifeboat tasked at 1502 by UKCG to a 26ft Sail Yacht with fouled propeller and unable to make headway under sail. 2 persons on board, position between Darnettness Fort and Jetty, believed Oakhamness. ALB launched at 1520, locating yacht at 1535, tow line passed over and casualty craft safely under tow at 1543, proceeding upriver to Gillingham. The casualty was safely placed in the locks at Gillingham marina at 1615, ALB released and returned to station at 1645. SW 5.
Sheerness RNLI Inshore Lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 1331 on Friday 16 August by the UK Coastguard to assist a 12’ sailing dinghy with one person onboard that was in difficulty off the Isle of Grain. The dinghy, on passage from Gravesend to Chatham, had suffered damage to its mast/sail and was unable to make progress against the prevailing winds.
Having launched at 1345 with 3 crew on board the ILB soon was on scene with the casualty vessel in the vicinity of Garrison Point, a short distance from the Lifeboat Station. A line was quickly secured and the dinghy was in tow at 1355 and taken to the safety of Queenborough All Tide Landing.
With the casualty secured at 1420 the ILB returned to Station at 1440 and was refuelled and ready for service at 1455. SW 5/6.