24th August

Sheerness all-weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 19:26 on Tuesday 24 August to respond to reports of a 36’ motor cruiser with two people onboard that was aground off of the Isle of Grain a short distance from the lifeboat station.
Launching at 19:46 with a crew of five the Lifeboat was on scene at 20:00 where the vessel was found to be hard aground South East of the Mid Swatch Buoy.
Whilst assessing this incident the Lifeboat was further tasked to respond to a PanPan call from another vessel in the vicinity, which was also reported to be aground.
The Lifeboat located this craft at 20:15 and having attached a towline the vessel was quickly pulled clear and into deeper water. The ALB was released from this incident at 20:30 and returned to the initial casualty which was found to still be in water too shallow for the Lifeboat to assist.
Following discussions with the UK Coastguard and the people on the stranded craft the Lifeboat was stood down and returned to moorings at 21:14 with the crew tasked to re- launch at 23:00. The casualty was eventually re-floated at 01:00 and with a towline attached was taken to the Queenborough All Tide Landing where it was secured 01:50
Having been released from the incident the ALB was back on her moorings and ready for further service 02:30. Wind F5 N/NE Sea state slight, visibility good.

16th August

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat, ’The Judith Copping Joyce’, were tasked at 19:08 on Monday 16 August 2021 to respond to a 26′ yacht, with one man onboard, which had suffered machinery failure off of Minster seafront and was struggling with the wind and tidal conditions and in danger of grounding.
Launching at 19:18 with a crew of six onboard the Lifeboat was on scene at 19:30.
A tow was established and the yacht with its crew member was taken to the entrance of Queenborough Harbour where it was handed into the care of the Queenborough Harbour Trot boat.
The ALB was released from the incident at 21:10, returned to mooring at 21:20 and was ready for service at 21:45.
Weather Cloudy, Wind NW F5, Sea state slight, Swell 1m, visibility good.

15th August

15th August

Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1417 to respond to a windsurfer reportedly 200m approx. off shore at the Leas, Minster in difficulty due to the off shore wind.
Launching at 1437 with a crew of 3 on board the ILB was on scene at 1441.
RNLI Lifeguards had initially been informed of the windsurfer and one had paddled out on their rescue board and were with the casualty.
The ILB placed both the casualty and the RNLI Lifeguard onto the ILB and transported them both to the beach at the Leas.
Weather part cloudy, Wind SW f4, sea state calm, visibility good.
ILB released from incident at 1505, returned to station at 1520, ready for service at 1545.

12th August

12th August

Sheerness ILB was tasked at 1552 to respond to reports of 2 persons in the water at The Leas ( received by the Police) that were a cause for concern.
Launching at 1600 with a crew of 3 the ILB was subsequently stood down by the UK Coastguard after Sheppey CRT had reported to them after having spoken to the Lifeguard unit on the Leas who had seen nothing untoward.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 1606.
Weather cloudy, Wind SW F3, Sea state calm, visibility good.

10th August

10th August

Sheerness inshore lifeboat were tasked at 17:53 on Tuesday 10 August 2021 to respond to reports of a broken down speedboat in a position approximately one mile offshore of the Ashcroft Holiday Park, Thames Estuary.
Launching at 18:10 with a crew of 3 onboard the ILB located the casualty, with some assistance from a crew member ashore with binoculars, and were on scene at18:33.
The speedboat with two people on board was placed under tow and due to the fast-ebbing tide were taken to the All-Tide Landing at Queenborough rather than their original launch site at the Shingle Bank Minster.
The casualty was secured safely on the all-tide landing at 20:00. The lifeboat was released from the incident at 20:09 and was ready ready for service at 20:44.  W F2 Sea State Calm.

6th August

The new Sheerness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ attended their first incident since going into operational service exactly a week earlier.
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 17:45 on Friday 6 August in response to reports of a Pan Pan signal being received (A pan-pan call is warranted to attempt urgent radio contact with an approaching vessel that may be in danger or is approaching a dangerous close-quarters situation that would risk collision.)
The call was received from what was initially reported as a 16 foot yacht with two people onboard, but which ultimately turned out to be be a 16 metre craft, that had had suffered a major electrical failure resulting in total loss of all navigational aids and VHF equipment in a busy shipping area North of the Redsands Towers in the Thames estuary approximately 11 miles from Sheerness.
The position of a likely Radar target for the casualty vessel was given by the UK Coastguard who were receiving sporadic communications with the vessel by a hand held VHF radio.
Having launched the lifeboat was given up-dated information about the position of the casualty and making best speed the ALB was alongside the yacht at 18:36.
Having checked that the three people were all ok the lifeboat then escorted the craft to the safety of Queenborough Harbour and was released at 19:48
The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 20:30.
Wind SSW force 4 to 5,sea state slight.

21st July

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched at 23:01 on Wednesday 21 July in response to a call from the UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved all agencies were stood down at 23:41. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for further service at 00:45.
Wind ENE f 3.

7th July

Sheerness RNLI relief inshore lifeboat launched at 10:10 on Wednesday 7 July after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to a multi agency incident at Rochester. With the incident resolved the lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 11:13. Wind SSW F 5.

2nd July

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI relief fleet inshore lifeboat D-809 ‘Eric Howland’ were tasked at 16:27 on Friday 2 July by the UK Coastguard in response to reports of a windsurfer deemed to be in difficulties approximately 700m off shore and 200m west of the Sheerness Catholic Church on Marine Parade.
Launching at 16:42 with a crew of 3 the lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 16:46. No medical assistance was required and the windsurfer plus his rig were taken back to the safety of the Shingle Bank from where they had launched.
The ILB was released from the incident at 17:04, returned to station at 5.12pm and was ready for service after cleaning and re-fuelling at 17:33

5th June

RNLI Lifeboat launched after a group of people, including children, became cut off by the tide.
The group of about seven or eight were walking to the sandbanks at Minster Leas beach on The Isle of Sheppey only to be caught out by the speed of the rising tide
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat Buster launched at 17:25 on Saturday 5 June after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports from the public of people being ‘cut off’ by the incoming tide at The Leas, Minster.
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd had also been mobilised but it was fortunately not needed as the Lifeboat crew were quickly on the scene, and along with the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, observed whilst five people made their own way to the shore safely. The crew were then made aware of three more people further down the beach who were also in the same predicament but who needed assistance. The three were taken onboard the lifeboat and landed safely and un-harmed on the beach and passed into the care of the Sheppey CRT.
The ILB was stood down at 17:54 and returned to station at 18:20 Wind Easterly 2 to 3 knots with clear skies and calm seas.
Sheerness RNLI Press Officer Vic.Booth said: ‘The group had walked out to the sandbanks and were unaware that the tide was coming in around them. The tide along this part of our coastline comes in really quickly and before you know it you have got water between yourself and the shore. The RNLI and the UK Coastguard urge everyone to check on the tidal conditions before beginning any type of activity along the coast. This incident proves how dangerous just a simple paddle in the sea can become a nightmare in just a matter of minutes. Fortunately, this incident had a positive outcome but things could have rapidly escalated without observant members of the public and the speedy response of the Sheerness Lifeboat crew and the Sheppey Coastguard Team. Please enjoy our beautiful coastline and Blue Flag Beaches but do make every effort to stay safe.’
The Inshore lifeboat launched again later that day at 19:48 after being tasked by the UK Coastguards who had again been called by a member of the public who had voiced concerns for the safety of five youngsters in two tiny inflatable dinghies off Beach Street, Sheerness.
The lifeboat located the two dinghies at 19:55 and offered safety advice and assistance to the youngsters. One group declined any help whilst the other was assisted back to the shore and passed into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team.
The Lifeboat was stood down at 20:06 and returned to station at 20:25.