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Busy weekend for Whitstable RNLI lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy weekend for Whitstable's volunteer lifeboat crews launching to four incidents, two on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday.

Photo of Whitstable's Atlantic 85 RNLI Lifeboat Lewisco launches to a yacht drifting off Herne Bay on Saturday.

RNLI Whitstable

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 RNLI Lifeboat Lewisco launches to a yacht drifting off Herne Bay on Saturday.

The first call on Saturday (27 June) afternoon came when the UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch to a 26-foot yacht adrift off Herne Bay after breaking from its mooring at Hampton.

The lifeboat took the unoccupied craft under tow for Whitstable but during the passage was diverted to another yacht with two persons onboard requesting assistance offshore from the Neptune public house back in Whitstable.

The lifeboat located the second yacht at a mooring but due to a shift in wind the anchorage had become unsuitable and the yacht's small engine did not have enough power to manoeuvre safely.

The craft and its occupants were taken under tow and placed in Whitstable harbour. The lifeboat then returned to the previous incident and resumed the tow taking the vessel to a mooring off Long Beach and then subsequently into the harbour.

On Sunday (28 June) the lifeboat was launched at 1.57pm to a report of a windsurfer struggling to regain the shore a 1/4-mile off the lifeboat station. The 55-year old male was brought onto the lifeboat along with his rig and landed ashore.

The lifeboat was launched again at 9.40pm following a report from the UK Coastguard of a kayaker in difficulties off Tankerton due to a shift in the offshore breeze. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew found that the casualty had managed to get ashore unaided and the lifeboat returned to station.

Whitstable's volunteer lifeboat crews have now answered 11 calls in the last 6 days with on at least two days the launchers and crews working until late into the evening or early hours of the following morning to recover the lifeboat and make it ready for its next service.

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.

RNLI media contacts

Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
07741 012004/ [email protected]

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east Tel: 0207 6207416 Mob: (07786) 668825 [email protected]

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Photo of members of the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team keeping watch on a yacht drifting off Herne Bay on Saturday.

RNLI Whitstable

Members of the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team keep watch on a yacht drifting off Herne Bay on Saturday.
Photo of Whitstable's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco assisting a 15-foot yacht off Whitstable on Saturday evening.

RNLI Whitstable

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco assists a 15-foot yacht off Whitstable on Saturday evening.

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