Whitstable lifeboat launched after concerns for persons attempting a dog rescue

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The Whitstable RNLI lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Thursday afternoon after concerns where raised over people attempting to reach the Oyster Company racks offshore from Whitstable in an attempt to rescue a dog.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.


The dog had run out across the mud flats and was now swimming out to sea after he escaped from his owner in the town centre.


Whitstable lifeboat operations manager Mike Judge said 'The lifeboat was launched to after the coastguard received several 999 calls reporting the ongoing incident with people attempting to reach the dog to provide safety cover'


'Once it had been established that the dog had been picked up by a passing Whitstable Boat Trips vessel and that all persons had returned to shore the lifeboat returned to station'.


Other calls since last weekend have been, on Monday 10th at 5.47pm the lifeboat was launched following a report of two persons in the water near the Whitstable Street. The lifeboat 'stood down' after persons on the beach confirmed that they were safe ashore.


Lewisco was launched at 5.45pm on Tuesday 11th following a report of an overdue swimmer east of Herne Bay harbour.


The lifeboat arrived at the scene but was 'stood down' when it was confirmed by the swimmers wife that the 59-year old' who had been missing for 40-minutes was safe onshore.


On Wednesday lifeboat crews responded to a launch request following a report of a swimmer possibly in difficulties 100-metres offshore to the west of the Whitstable Street. The lifeboat arrived at the scene and located a swimmer who was not in any difficulties and happy to continue with his swim.


There have now been 45 calls so far this year for the Whitstable lifeboat and the volunteer crews.


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