Two calls for Whitstable RNLI lifeboat

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There have been two calls for the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat on Thursday afternoon.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat is recovered after launching to a report of two occupants on a paddleboard in difficulty off Seasalter on Thursday afternoon.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat is recovered after launching to a report of two occupants on a paddleboard in difficulty off Seasalter on Thursday afternoon.

The first call saw the lifeboat launch at just after 2.45pm when the volunteer crew responded to a report of two teenage girls on a paddle board who had set off from Preston Parade, Seasalter and were having difficulty returning to shore.

The lifeboat crew located the pair off The Neptune public house paddling but making no progress back to their start point. Although the two declined assistance the lifeboat crew advised them to make their way to the beach by the Neptune and escorted them ashore at that location.

Shortly after returning to station the lifeboat was relaunched to search for the two occupants of an 3-metre inflatable dinghy off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.

Lifeboat helmsman Ben Crosswell said 'The RNLI lifeguards at Leysdown had the dinghy under observation and were able to direct us to it's position about 3/4-mile offshore. The two adult males onboard who were both in their 40's had not intended to go out that far but wind and tide had overcome the small battery powered outboard motor. The dinghy and its occupants were brought onboard the lifeboat and taken ashore to Leysdown'.

The lifeboat then returned to station. There have now been 48 calls for the Whitstable lifeboat and the volunteer crews so far 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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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat launching to a diinghy in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on Thursday afternoon.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat launching to a diinghy in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on Thursday afternoon.
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat is recovered after launching to a diinghy in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on Thursday afternoon.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat is recovered after launching to a diinghy in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on Thursday afternoon.

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