Whitstable RNLI lifeboat launches to upturned catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

An upturned catamaran and its occupant had to be towed ashore by the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco after the craft capsized off Whitstable on Friday afternoon.

Lifeboat helmsman Andy Williams said “We launched at 3.25pm following reports that the yachtsman had spent around 20-minutes attempting to right his craft and located the casualty a 1/4-mile north west of the lifeboat station. The occupant was in good health however his craft was upside down”


“Lifeboat crewmember Dave Parry entered the water to assist in attempts to right the craft, a task made more difficult after it was subsequently found that the vessel had been holed, and one of the hulls had taken in water. Eventually the craft with its mast and boom lying onboard was taken under tow and beached between the yacht club and harbour ramps where a member of the lifeboat shore crew assisted in finally recovering the craft to the shore”.


Weather conditions at the time were south westerly force 3 winds and a slight sea. There have now been 59 calls on the Whitstable 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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Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco tows the 15ft catamaran ashore after the craft capsized off the town on Friday afternoon.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco tows the 15ft catamaran ashore after the craft capsized off the town on Friday afternoon.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco is recovered to its launching carriage after towing ashore a 15ft catamaran after the craft capsized off the town on Friday afternoon.

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