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this week incidents from the HM Coastguard Sheppey

Written by on 18 July 2016

Saturday 16th July

  1. Sheppey Coastguards were tasked to Harty Ferry following a report of a vessel aground on ‘Horse Sands’ (a favourite place for seals to bask on!). The vessel was not replying to radio or his phone. The person on-board was fine and waited to refloat at high water.
  2. Sheppey Coastguards were tasked to Minster  following a report by the lifeguards of 3 persons on 3 kayaks in difficulties off the Leas. The inshore lifeboat was tasked and two of them were taken back to the boat house. One  came ashore with a lifeboat man at the Leas. They were cold and tired. They were checked by the Ambulance and given the ok. Sheppey Coastguards took the lifeboat man back to the boat house.


Sunday 17th July


A small  boat got lost and ran out of fuel. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to locate them. They were found drifting on the north of the island at Eastchurch gap. They towed back to Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club where Coastguard Officers assisted in the recovery of their vessel.  Safety advice was given to the 3 persons on-board. Coastguard Rescue Officer Scott Cruickshank remarked “this incident highlights the need to ensure that spare fuel is taken when a vessel is launched at sea”.


Sunday 17th July – Sheppey Coastguards were tasked to investigate an empty vessel adrift off Warden Bay. Whitstable lifeboat were tasked to recover the rib.  Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to undertake a shoreline search for potential  missing crew. Two Coastguards assisted the lifeboat to recover the vessel to the shore. During the recovery a friend of the vessel’s owner confirmed he and the owner were ok and were in the process of arrange recovery of the vessel using a jet-ski. It transpired that the owner had recently purchased the vessel and was unfamiliar with the engine which had stopped. The owner had secured the vessel using an anchor and returned to shore for assistance. Unfortunately the vessel wasn’t secure and drifted. Safety advice was passed on..

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