Evening call for the Whitstable RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The three occupants of a 6-metre rigid inflatable boat had to be towed back to Herne Bay by the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco on early on Monday evening after their craft broke down off Whitstable.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Lewisco' tows the 6-metre RIB and it's three occupants ashore at Herne Bay after the craft broke down off Whitstable on Monday afternoon.

Liam Sidders/RNLI Whitstable.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Lewisco' tows the 6-metre RIB and it's three occupants ashore at Herne Bay after the craft broke down off Whitstable on Monday afternoon.
Trainee Helmsman Liam Sidders said “We launched at 5.31pm and quickly located the casualty vessel 1-mile off Whitstable Harbour and took them under tow for Herne Bay from where they had set off earlier”.

“The three adult males had done the right thing and were all properly equipped; wearing lifejackets had contacted the coastguard by VHF radio”.

Weather conditions at the time were south westerly force 2 winds and a calm sea. This was the 58th call of the year for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews.

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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Liam Sidders/RNLI Whitstable.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Lewisco' returns to station after towing a 6-metre RIB and it's three occupants ashore at Herne Bay after the craft broke down off Whitstable on Monday afternoon.

Chris Davey/RNLI Whitstable.

Crew and launchers with the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Lewisco' back 'on station' after towing a 6-metre RIB and it's three occupants ashore at Herne Bay after the craft broke down off Whitstable on Monday afternoon

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