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Two Calls for Whitstable Lifeboat Crews

Lifeboats News Release

There have been two calls on Whitstable's volunteer lifeboat crews in the last week.

Whitstable lifeboat crewmembers onboard the 30-foot former fishing vessel that was escorted to a mooring on Wednesday afternoon.

RNLI Whitstable.

Whitstable lifeboat crewmembers onboard the 30-foot former fishing vessel that was escorted to a mooring on Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday afternoon the lifeboat was launched at 2.50pm following a report of a fishing vessel in difficulties in the vicinity of the Kentish Flats Windfarm.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the crew located a 30-foot former fishing vessel with two persons onboard with steering difficulties. The craft had been on passage from Strood to Folkestone.

A lifeboat crewmember went onboard the vessel and the decision was made that, as gales were forecast, the lifeboat would escort the craft to a mooring at Harty Ferry in the Swale.

At 4.56pm the vessel was placed on a mooring off the Harty Ferry causeway and the two occupants taken ashore.


On Friday evening the lifeboat was launched to assist a 30-foot motor cruiser with two persons onboard off Hampton Pier, Herne Bay which has suffered a fouled propeller.

The lifeboat arrived 'on scene' and a crewmember was transferred onboard to asses the situation. The craft was subsequently taken under tow to meet the Sheerness 'all weather' lifeboat which had been sent to assist, the tow being transferred at 6.56 and Whitstable Lifeboat was released to return to station.



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 ser

vice 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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  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
    07741 012004/ nativephoto@hotmail.com


  • Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east Tel: 0207 6207416 Mob: (07786) 668825Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk



For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789





The 30-foot motor cruiser under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat after it suffered a fouled propeller off Herne Bay on Friday evening.

RNLI Whitstable.

The 30-foot motor cruiser under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat after it suffered a fouled propeller off Herne Bay on Friday evening.

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