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Whitstable RNLI assists Jet Skiers

Lifeboats News Release

The two occupants of a jet ski were assisted by the Whitstable lifeboat after getting into difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey on Thursday afternoon.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.

RNLI Whitstable.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.

Helmsman Andy Williams said “We launched at 5.04pm following the initial report of a jet ski located approximately 2-miles east of Leysdown with a person in the water swimming after the ski”

“We arrived 'on scene' to find two occupants onboard the craft both cold and shivering and they were brought onboard the lifeboat and wrapped in thermal blankets”.

“The decision was made to take the casualties and their craft to Harty Ferry on the Sheppey side, the nearest safe haven and land the two into the care of the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, their jet ski later being moored to a buoy in the Swale”.

“Fortunately both casualties were wearing wet suits, had buoyancy aids and were carrying mobile phones. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were poor visibility, rain a moderate force 4 wind and a slight 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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