Three calls for the Whitstable RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco has been launched 'on service' three times in the last week.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco comes alongside a 23-foot yacht after the craft went aground on a bank in the entrance to the Swale on 23rd October . Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

RNLI Whitstable.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco comes alongside a 23-foot yacht after the craft went aground on a bank in the entrance to the Swale on 23rd October. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

On Wednesday 23rd October Lewisco was launched at 2.32pm to assist a yacht aground off Shellness, Isle of Sheppey.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene to find a 23-foot yacht with one person onboard aground on the north side of the Columbine Bank in the entrance to the Swale.

A lifeboat crewmember was put aboard the vessel and a tow line attached. The craft was then towed into deeper water and then to a mooring in Whitstable Harbour.

The vessel had been on passage from Chatham to Southampton when it ran out of fuel.

On Friday 25th the lifeboat was launched at midday following a report from the UK Coastguard of two persons in an inflatable dinghy sinking off Harty Ferry in The Swale.

The crew located the dinghy and its occupants who were brought onboard the lifeboat along with their dinghy and landed ashore at Hollowshore in Oare Creek.

The two men had been attempting to reach the shore from a yacht moored off Harty Ferry when they got into difficulties. Weather conditions at the time were south westerly force 4 winds, slight seas and good visibility.

The following day, Saturday 26th the lifeboat was launched at 2.55pm to assist a 16-foot angling boat broken down 200-yards off Bishopstone, Herne Bay. In rain and westerly 5-6 winds the craft and its two occupants were taken under tow for Herne Bay harbour where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue team assisted in landing the vessel and occupants ashore.

The Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crews have now answered 43 calls so fat this year.

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 Miss 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/ [email protected]

· Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east Tel: 0207 6207416 Mob: (07786) 668825 [email protected]

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

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