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Whitstable Lifeboat Assists Motor Boat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 8.45am on Tuesday morning to assist a 21ft motor boat with four persons onboard which had broken down and was at anchored a ½-mile off Hampton Pier.

The 21-foot motor boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it suffered engine failure off Hampton on Tuesday morning. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

Ben Crosswell/RNLI Whitstable

The 21-foot motor boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it suffered engine failure off Hampton on Tuesday morning. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

The lifeboat arrived ‘on scene’ and took the craft and its occupant’s under tow to Herne Bay Harbour from where they had launched earlier in the morning on a fishing trip. On arrival the casualty craft was met by the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and the lifeboat released from the incident to ‘return to station’. The vessel had suffered engine failure. There were no injuries to any of those onboard.


Weather conditions at the time were calm seas with a north easterly force 1 wind and excellent visability.


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The 21-foot motor boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it suffered engine failure off Hampton on Tuesday morning. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

Ben Crosswell/RNLI Whitstable.

The 21-foot motor boat under tow by the Whitstable Lifeboat after it suffered engine failure off Hampton on Tuesday morning. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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