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Whitstable RNLI lifeboat launches to Jet Skiers

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was called to assist two jet skiers, a father and son, after one of their two craft went aground on the Horse Sands in the entrance to the Swale on Friday afternoon.

The scene on the Horse Sands in the entrance to The Swale as Whitstable lifeboat crews attend a jet ski aground on the bank on Friday afternoon.

RNLI Whitstable/Vicky Kypta.

The scene on the Horse Sands in the entrance to The Swale as Whitstable lifeboat crews attend a jet ski aground on the bank on Friday afternoon.

The lifeboat which had launched at 1.30pm arrived at the scene 11 minutes later to find one of the craft 100-metres from the water line. Despite the efforts of three of the lifeboat crew who went ashore on the sands the craft was unable to be moved.

The two jet skiers were reluctant to leave the craft unattended so following discussion with the lifeboat crew the two elected to remain with their craft to await refloating on the next tide.

The lifeboat crew left the skiers on the sands with a supply of water and was released from the incident to return to station.

This was the 4th call of the 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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  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
    07741 012004/ [email protected]

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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

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