Sheerness RNLI Lifeboats launched to separate incidents

Lifeboats News Release

Both Sheerness RNLI lifeboats were called out to two separate incidents in two days off the Sheerness coastline

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ were tasked at 1.23pm on Saturday 18 February to respond to reports of a 30’ leisure craft with four people on board which was reported to be in difficulty in the tidal River Medway close to 18 buoy.

Launching at 1.35pm with a crew of six the lifeboat located the casualty at 2.07pm.and with a towline quickly attached the casualty was taken to Queenborough all-tide landing at 3.27pm. included first shout for Sam along with his dad, crew member Damo.

The ALB was back on station at 3.40pm and ready for further service at 4.00pm

This shout was a ‘family’ moment with crew member and proud dad Damo turning out with son Sam for the first time. This was Sam’s first callout since joining the crew at Sheerness. Welcome aboard done Sam.

The Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched with a crew of three at 3.00pm on Monday 20 February after being tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of a person in the water and in difficulty at Minster.

The call for assistance was instigated by a person on the shore.

The lifeboat was on the scene at 3.10pm and with further information received from the first informant on the shore via the Coastguard the casualty was recovered from the water and into the ILB at 3.11pm.

The Coastguard helicopter from Lydd had been mobilised was stood down whilst on route as a Kent Ambulance was just eight minutes away.

The crew of the lifeboat landed on the beach at 3.15pm where they administered oxygen to the casualty and monitored their condition.

The Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene and assisted until the

casualty was handed over into the care of Ambulance crew.

The ILB was released at 3.47pm ILB and was back on station at 4.05pm and after cleaning and refuelling was ready for further service at 4.30pm

Weather clear wind WSW F3, sea state calm, visibility good

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