Whitstable RNLI lifeboat assists kitesurfer

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 12.55pm on Sunday following a report of a kitesurfer in difficulties of the Hotel Continental.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.
The lifeboat crew located the casualty swimming 100-yards off the East Quay but without his board or rig and he was brought onto the lifeboat. The board was also recovered nearby, the sail however had washed up on the beach.

The kitesurfer and his board were landed ashore at the lifeboat station. No medical attention was required. This was the 57th call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crew.

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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