Joint operation rescues ten fishermen off north Kent coast
Lifeboats News Release
A joint operation by Whitstable and Margate RNLI lifeboats has rescued ten fishermen and saved their boat from sinking off the north Kent coast.
Margate's all-weather lifeboat and Whitstable's inshore lifeboat were both attending the annual Whitstable Regatta yesterday (Sunday 7 August) when coastguards received a call from a charter angling boat reporting that they were taking in water and in danger of sinking in the River Swale. There were ten people on board the boat.
Whitstable's inshore lifeboat provided an immediate response and were quickly on scene to provide lifesaving assistance. As the ingress of water on the boat could not be controlled Margate's all-weather lifeboat was also tasked to provide assistance with their portable salvage pump. The occupants of the fishing boat were landed safely ashore at Harty of the Isle of Sheppey by Whitstable lifeboat and with the extra pumping capacity the situation was soon under control.
With the situation stabilised and the boat's occupants safe it was established the boat could be saved and was taken in tow by Margate lifeboat to the entrance of Faversham Creek whereafter the Whitstable lifeboat was able to beach it safely at Hollowshore.
Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operation Manager, Margate Lifeboat said: 'This joint operation demonstrates the importance of having a balanced mix of various lifeboats covering the north Kent coast. Without the rapid response of Whitstable's inshore lifeboat and the additional capabilities of Margate's larger all-weather lifeboat the outcome to this story could have been very different'
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