50th call of the year for Whitstable RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched for the 50th time this year at 1.06pm on Tuesday to assist a 16-foot angling boat broken down off the town.

The 16-foot angling boat under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Richard Monje/RNLI Whitstable.

Richard Monje/RNLI Whitstable.

The 16-foot angling boat under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Richard Monje/RNLI Whitstable.
The lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel with it's three occupants and three dogs drifting 1-mile off the Long Beach and took it under tow for Herne Bay harbour and landed the craft and those onboard ashore at the inner ramp.

Weather conditions at the time were north easterly force 2 winds, excellent visibility and a calm sea.


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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