Whitstable lifeboat called to beached motor cruiser
Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 11.49am on Friday to assist the Sheerness Inshore Lifeboat with a 25-foot clinker built day cruiser on the beach west of Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey.
The Whitstable Lifeboat towed the casualty vessel clear of the beach but the craft was found to be taking on water faster than its own pump could cope so the decision was made to beach the craft again and run out its anchor.
Both lifeboats were then released from the incident to return to their respective stations. This was the 31st call of the year for Whitstable's volunteer lifeboat crews.
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Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.
The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Mrs Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.
She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.
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