Yacht taken under tow by Whitstable RNLI lifeboat

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An 8-metre yacht was taken under tow by the Whitstable RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco after the vessel encountered engine problems off Whitstable on Wednesday afternoon.

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco takes an 8-metre yacht under tow for Oare Creek after the craft suffered engine problems off Whitstable on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable.

Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco takes an 8-metre yacht under tow for Oare Creek after the craft suffered engine problems off Whitstable on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable.

Launching at 2.07pm the lifeboat crew located the casualty with I person onboard 2-miles north of the lifeboat station. A crewmember was placed onboard to assist in hauling the craft's anchor and the yacht, which was inbound to Oare Creek having anchored overnight off Margate, was then taken under tow for to Oare.


The yacht had suffered a suspected blocked fuel filter and a headwind meant that proceeding under sail to the creek was not an option.


Having taken the yacht to a safe haven in the creek, the lifeboat returned 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 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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Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco takes an 8-metre yacht under tow for Oare Creek after the craft suffered engine problems off Whitstable on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable

Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable.

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco takes an 8-metre yacht under tow for Oare Creek after the craft suffered engine problems off Whitstable on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Dom Cutress/RNLI Whitstable

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