Whistable RNLI lifeboat launches to assist speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Thursday afternoon following a request from HM Coastguard to assist a small speedboat with two persons onboard, which had been reported by several people onshore, to have broken down off Hampton, Herne Bay.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and found the craft at anchor having suffered a failure of its outboard motor.

The lifeboat towed the speedboat back to Hampton from where it had launched earlier and the craft and its occupants landed into the care of the coastguard and police.

Whitstable lifeboat's Operations Manager Mike Judge said “Whilst we are happy to help anybody who gets into difficulty at sea I would reiterate the RNLI advice that the public that they should not take part in any water based exercise on or in the sea, to reduce the risk to the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crews and other emergency services being exposed to COVID-19, and the pressure on their time”.

“It is understood that the occupants of the speedboat had come from out of the area to test the engine before selling the boat”.

During the call, the lifeboat crew took all the current precautions.

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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