Two Calls for Whitstable Lifeboat
Whitstable's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 1.26pm on Monday following a report of an upturned dinghy off Herne Bay.
As the crew were unable to inspect the craft for signs of recent occupation the still submerged vessel was towed ashore for further investigation and landed ashore at the Neptune Jetty into the care of the Herne Bay Coastal Rescue Team.
There was extensive damage to the craft and it was later confirmed by Dover Coastguard that the vessel had collided with a submerged object the previous day (Sunday) and all occupants had been accounted for.
The lifeboat was launched for a second time at 7.29pm to assist the two occupants of an 9-foot inflatable dinghy with a broken down outboard engine a 1/2-mile of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey. They were unable to make their way back to the shore.
The lifeboat came alongside the craft and the vessel and its occupants brought onboard the lifeboat and returned to the shore where relatives were waiting.
There were no injuries to either of those in the dinghy.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.