Two calls for the Whitstable Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

There have been two calls on the Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco over the over the weekend.

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Lewisco'. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Lewisco'. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

On Friday evening the lifeboat was launched to a report of a red flare in the vicinity of the Kentish Flats windfarm. The Sheerness 'all weather' lifeboat was also attending.

Both lifeboats commenced a search around the windfarm using search lights and radar however were 'stood down' when it was confirmed the lights seen were those of a vessel at anchor to the north east of the Shivering Sands Towers.

The services of Whitstable lifeboat were called on again on Saturday afternoon when the crew were diverted from attending the Herne Bay Airshow to assist a 26-foot cruiser aground on the Pollard a 1/2-mile south of Shellness, Isle of Sheppey with two adults and four children onboard.

Due to the shallow water the lifeboat could only get to 300-metres from the casualty vessel so a crewmember walked to the craft and one adult and the four children were transferred using the vessels own inflatable dinghy to the lifeboat and taken ashore.

An anchor was laid out for the skipper of the cruiser who remained onboard and the craft left to refloat on the next tide.

Notes to editors

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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