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Two Calls for Whitstable Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

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

The 14-foot angling boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it broke down in the entrance to The Swale on Sunday morning. Picture: Tim Smith/RNLI Whitstable

Tim Smith/RNLI Whitstable

The 14-foot angling boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it broke down in the entrance to The Swale on Sunday morning. Picture: Tim Smith/RNLI Whitstable

On Saturday evening the lifeboat was launched at 10.27pm following a report of a despondent female having entered the water off Island Wall, Whitstable.

On arrival at the scene the crew were informed that the police had confirmed that the casualty had been located safely ashore and the lifeboat returned to station.

On Sunday the lifeboat was launched at 11.01am to assist a broken down angling boat in the entrance to The Swale.

The lifeboat crew located the 14-ft craft and its two occupants and took them under tow for a mooring near to the entrance of Conyer Creek.

The two occupants were then transferred to the lifeboat which then proceeded to Harty Ferry. Whilst 'en route' the lifeboat crew spoke to the occupant of a catamaran aground on Fowley Spit who declined assistance and was happy that he would refloat his craft later in the day. The two occupants of the angling boat were subsequently landed ashore at Harty Ferry to make their own way back to Conyer.

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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