Sinking boat and inflatables make for busy day for Whitstable and Margate RNLI
10 people, including a child, of a 34ft angling boat were assisted by Whitstable RNLI crew after their craft started taking in water and sinking in the entrance to the Swale on Sunday afternoon in a rescue that also involved Margate RNLI.
The rescue operation began when Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), Lewisco was requested to proceed to assist the craft in the vicinity of the Horse Sand in the entrance to the Swale off Faversham.
The lifeboat had earlier been taking part with the Margate lifeboat in a display as part of the Whitstable Regatta.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3.05pm and located the casualty vessel at anchor half a mile south west of the Sand End Buoy.
A volunteer lifeboat crew member and salvage pump were put onboard the craft but after some 20 minutes the pumping operation had made little improvement to the water level.
It was therefore decided to request the assistance of the Margate lifeboat which was still in the Whitstable area. This was because the lifeboat carries a larger capacity pump and she arrived at the scene at 4pm. One of her crew and the larger pump were transferred to the casualty vessel.
Meanwhile the occupants of the angling boat had been brought onboard Whitstable lifeboat and taken ashore at Harty on the Isle of Sheppey.
At 5.15pm pumping operations had reduced the water level sufficiently for the casualty vessel to taken under tow by Margate lifeboat and beached at Hollowshore in the entrance to Faversham Creek, where the Sheppey Mobile Coastguard Unit were waiting to assist.
At 5.24pm both lifeboats were released from the operation to return to their respective stations.
Having just returned to station and been placed back in her launching carriage, Whitstable lifeboat was again requested to launch, to a report of two inflatables in difficulty off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.
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