Whitstable RNLI lifeboat assists yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Lewisco, was launched at 8.04pm on Friday evening to assist two people onboard a yacht which had run aground in the Swale.

The volunteer lifeboat crew located the 30ft craft aground and listing on Fowley Spit approximately one mile east of the entrance to Conyer Creek.

An attempt to tow the vessel into deeper water proved unsuccessful and the lifeboat was stood down by Thames Coastguard to return to station.

Both the occupants of the yacht remained onboard their craft to await the morning tide.

At 7.32 on Saturday morning Whitstable lifeboat was requested to assist the yacht again when, despite the tide, the vessel was unable to extricate itself from the sandbank. This time, the lifeboat was able to successfully tow the craft into deeper water.

The yacht, which had been on passage from Chatham to Swale Marina in Conyer Creek, was able to continue its journey unaided.

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