Whitstable RNLI lifeboat assists jet ski

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched just after 2.00pm on Friday to a report of a broken down jet ski off Reculver to the east of Herne Bay.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco returns to station after Friday afternoon's call to a jet ski broken down off Reculver.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco returns to station after Friday afternoon's call to a jet ski broken down off Reculver.
The lifeboat crew located the craft and its two male occupants a 1/2-mile offshore between Bishopstone and Reculver.

The craft and its occupants were then taken under tow for Herne Bay and landed ashore at the ramp in the harbour.

Lifeboat helmsman Dave Parry said “The two on board had all the necessary safety equipment and plenty of fuel but reported that the engine which had been serviced the previous day cut out and could not be restarted”.

Weather conditions were good visibility and a south westerly force 5 fresh breeze.

This was the 64th call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crews.


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