Whitstable lifeboat launched to assist Jet Skier

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 4.06pm on Sunday at the request of the UK Coastguard following a report from a member of the public that a jet skier was difficulties getting back onboard his craft off Herne Bay.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the crew located the jet skier inside the harbour arm but still having problems with the engine. In order to return the jet ski and its occupant safely back to the outer launching ramp, the lifeboat crew brought him on board the lifeboat and took his craft under tow to the ramp on the outer side of the harbour arm.


The lifeboat then returned to station, this was the 6th call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crews and launchers who observed all the required precautions as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.


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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  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
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